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Sneaky ways to slim down
All you need is a minute to start
shedding pounds! Here are dozens of successful strategies to cut
calories and burn more fat that take 60 seconds or less. With about
1,000 waking minutes in every day, you'll find plenty of opportunities
to slip these tips into your routine -- and watch the scale go down. If
you've already begun losing weight, these can maximize your efforts and
1. Mix a juice spritzer
Combine your favorite juice (half of
your usual amount) with plain or sparkling water. You can cut up to 85
calories per glass -- and lose 5 pounds or more a advertisement year.
2. Pick up the cordless
Burn calories while you talk: Do the
laundry (68 calories), set the table (85 calories) or water plants (102
calories). (Values based on a 150-pound person and half an hour of
3. Pop a piece of gum
Researchers recently discovered that
chewing sugar-free gum all day increases your metabolic rate by about
20%. That could burn off more than 10 pounds a year.
4. Pay cash for treats
Anytime someone offers you goodies and
you accept, put $1.00 aside. Then give the money to your kids. When you
literally pay for treats, you're more likely to say, "No thanks."
5. Study the wrapper
At a quick glance, that candy bar
appears to contain 220 calories. But a closer look may reveal that it
(or a bottle of juice, bag of crackers or bag of nuts) provides two or
more servings -- which more than doubles those calories.
6. Sip green tea before you walk
The caffeine frees fatty acids so that
you burn fat more easily. And the polyphenols (antioxidant compounds) in
green tea appear to work with caffeine to increase calorie burn. (If you
have high blood pressure, skip this tip.)
7. Ditch diet shakes
The calorie savings are only temporary;
you just eat more later.
8. Pack a lunch
Dining out more than five times a week
may make you eat nearly 300 calories more a day than if you dine out
9. Dip your bread
Use olive oil in place of butter; it's
healthier and may also help you eat less. In a recent study, dippers ate
a total of 52 fewer calories on average than those who used butter.
10. Sprinkle flax on your cereal
High-fiber, ground flaxseed can help
curb your appetite and eliminate calories. Add it to yogurt or muffin
and bread mixes. Available in health food stores.
11. Dress with this
1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
1/4 tsp olive oil
3/4 tsp dijon mustard
1/4 tsp horseradish
Mix together. It makes for a tasty salad dressing with only 20 calories
and 1.5 grams of fat.
12. Schedule a blood test
About 1 in every 12 women (most of
whom don't know it) has an under- active thyroid, which can slow down
13. Supersize your H2O
Buy the big bottle when it comes to
good-for-you stuff such as water.
14. Trick your tastebuds
Sucking on a menthol/eucalyptus cough
drop can stop cravings instantly.
15. Spice up your meals
Adding hot chile pepper (or capsaicin)
to food may help you stop eating sooner.
16. Pour a white cocktail
Like water, low-fat milk's volume fills
your stomach, but it also contains carbohydrates, so you eat less.
17. Chunk your salad
Chop carrots, celery, sweet potatoes,
zucchini or other veggies instead of shredding or slicing. It takes more
effort to munch bigger pieces, so you'll do more chewing and eat less
during the main course.
18. Call a friend
Fill loneliness with talk -- not
19. Log your food
Writing down what you eat can help you
stay in control because you're more accountable. No need to record it
perfectly or review what you wrote: The benefit is in the writing
You can burn up to 700 calories a day!
21. Retire the remotes
You could easily burn 200 extra
calories a day if you stop using the TV/VCR remote, garage door opener,
electric can opener, riding mower and other laborsaving devices.
22. Spray -- don't drizzle
Use an olive oil sprayer such as MISTO
to add flavor to salads, chicken, fish, or pasta, without all the
calories. A 2-second spray evenly distributes about 1/2 teaspoon of oil,
compared to the 2 or 3 teaspoons you might get when pouring. That'll
save you up to 100 calories per use.
23. Buy small
The bigger the package, the more you're
likely to eat -- up to 44% more, according to one study.
24. Break into a jog
If you already jog, speed up to a
sprint. These brief intervals allow you to cover more distance and burn
more calories -- without lengthening your workout. The increased impact
will also help make your bones stronger.
25. Measure before cooking
It's easy to overeat pasta, but not if
you cook the right amount at the start. For a perfect portion, keep a
quarter near your spaghetti. Its diameter is exactly the size of the
2-ounce stack (about 200 calories) that you should serve per person. Or
buy a dry-pasta measurer sold in gourmet cooking stores.
26. Rent a spooky movie
You're less likely to eat when you're
fearful, but more likely when you're angry or happy.
27. Reflect on your choices
Looking at yourself in a mirror while
you eat may help you consume 22 to 32% less.
28. Drop and do 10
Before you pry open that tub of ice
cream, do 10 situps or pushups. Doing something physical can put you
back in touch with your body and your goals.
29. Take a whiff
When you really want those fresh-baked
cookies, try this: Indulge in the smell for 30 seconds. Then place a
small piece on the tip of your tongue for another 30 seconds. Savoring
the smell and taste can help you stop at just one cookie.
30. Have chunky soup
People who ate soup containing large
vegetable pieces reported feeling fuller and ate 20% less during lunch
than those who had a pureed soup made of the same ingredients.
31. Blot the fat
You can dab off about a teaspoon of oil
-- or 40 calories and 4.5 grams of fat -- from two slices of pizza.
32. Skip "light" foods
The weight of food -- not just the fat
and calories -- is what fills you up. Eat less and still feel satisfied
with low-calorie heavyweights such as oranges, strawberries, grapefruit,
cantaloupe, cooked spinach, collard greens, and broccoli.
33. Order fish
Varieties rich in omega-3 fatty acids--
tuna, mackerel, cod, and salmon -- may help you drop pounds by improving
fat metabolism. Overweight people who ate a reduced-calorie diet that
included fish every day lost about 20% more weight than those on a
34. Post inspiration
To keep yourself on track, place quotes
in strategic spots where you might need some motivation: on the fridge,
TV, dashboard, or computer. Some suggestions: "You've come too far to
take orders from a cookie." "Nothing tastes as good as thin feels."
35. Drink, drink, drink
Dehydration can slow your metabolism by
3%. At a weight of 150 pounds, that would be about 45 fewer calories
burned a day -- which could mean 5 extra pounds a year.