After cutting out this one daily habit, this woman lost nearly 30 pounds

Visit Maggie Fierro's Instagram account, and your jaw will drop at the stunning photos of her tanned, toned figure. But believe it or not, this fitness blogger hasn't always felt comfortable showing off her body. Four months after giving birth to her third child, Fierro weighed 166 pounds. While a bit of postpartum pooch is nothing to be ashamed of, she was ready for a major change. (Don't miss the most jaw-dropping weight transformations on Instagram, too.)

"To be honest, I even had a hard time looking at myself in the mirror, and taking that before picture was actually very difficult for me to do, but I knew something had to change," she told PopSugar.

The biggest culprit of her weight gain? Late-night snacking. That sneaky, unhealthy habit was taking a serious toll on her waistline, so she replaced it with a healthier alternative: a daily workout. Research shows that eating late at night can cause weight gain. But it's never a good idea to go to bed hungry, either. So if you're ravenous (and don't have a gym around) this one food is a good choice.

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The mom also prefers sticking to a plant-based diet and avoiding processed foods, but that doesn't mean she won't indulge every once in awhile. "Although I do eat fairly healthy, I am all about balance and don't put any heavy restrictions on my diet," she said. "If I'm out and I'm craving pizza, I will absolutely have pizza."

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To tone up her muscles, Fierro started out with fitness programs like Kayla Itsines' BBG, low-intensity workouts, and a few high intensity interval training (HIIT) moves. Now, she often mixes weightlifting and HIIT exercises six days a week, along with a short jump rope routine before her kids' bedtime.

Thanks to these simple changes, Fierro has lost 26 pounds so far. Though that number seems small at first, her photos say it best: Fierro has totally transformed her body while taking ownership of her health, to boot.

The major takeaway? When it comes to weight loss, a little can go a long way. Here are 42 fast, easy tips for weight loss to get you started on your own weight loss journey today.

[Source: PopSugar]

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Popcorn

Calories per air-popped cup: 30

If it's not smothered in buttered, doused in seasoning or salt, popcorn makes for a great snack. If air-popped, the light, low-calorie snack can be a good source of fiber, without the cholesterol. Plus, it's considered a whole grain! 

Celery

Calories per stalk: 6

Since celery is mostly water, the fibrous plant has been known to offer many health benefits.  

Cottage cheese

Calories per 1 cup: 222
Calories per 1 cup, low-fat: 163

A great source of calcium and vitamins, cottage cheese is a go-to snack for many looking to maintain their weight. High in protein (28 grams in 1 cup of low-fat) it's recommended highly by nutritionists and athletes. The calcium-packed snack will help you feel full as it is "associated with metabolic processes that reduce fat accumulation and accelerate fat loss," according to Authority Nutrition.

Blueberries

Calories per cup: 85

The fruit is low in saturated fat, is a great source of antioxidants and dietary fiber -- and thus, can be a healthy snack for those looking to maintain or even lose weight.

Grapefruit

With only 52 calories in half of the fruit, the citrus makes for a refreshing breakfast or snack. Packed with antioxidants, vitamins and nutrients, the fruit is known to boost metabolism and lower insulin levels -- thus, actually burning fat! 

Chicken and other lean meats 

Calories in 3 oz of skinless chicken: 142 calories

A healthy source of protein, chicken helps fill you up while giving you energy. Fried chicken doesn't count! 

Quinoa

Calories in 1 cup, cooked: 222

Not only can quinoa help you maintain your weight, but it can help you lose weight as well. Packed with iron and a plethora of amino acids, it can help you say lean and full. 

Salmon 

Calories in a 3 oz serving: 120

Salmon is one of the healthiest foods out there, packed with nutrients and vitamins such as vitamin D. It'll also fill you up, without making you crash. 

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