Those rumors about Dancing With the Stars participants dropping serious poundage is more than just hype. Vigorous dancing can burn up to 250 calories an hour. A couple of back-to-back hours each week and you'll be good to go.
Research shows that the less you sleep, the more likely you are to be overweight. Experts recommend getting at least seven hours of sleep -- preferably seven and a half hours of Z's a night.
Salad's great when you're trying to lose weight -- until you top that no-cal lettuce with bacon bits, cheese cubes, dried fruit, croutons and vinaigrette dressing. You've just turned a healthy meal into one that will show up on your hips. Stick with steamed or raw veggie toppings, lean protein (tuna, chicken breast) and use low-fat dressing or a flavorful balsamic vinegar on its own.
It may sound silly, but studies show that swapping your big plate for a smaller one tricks you into eating as much as 25 percent less. Plus, you'll find you won't even miss the extra food.
Eating out of a bag promises you'll finish the entire thing long before the end of that nail-biting movie. Avoid mindless eating by portioning out the serving size and stashing the rest away. This way, if you do go back for seconds you'll be fully aware you're doing so and are more likely to skip it.
Like salad, coffee is virtually calorie free -- until you start piling things in and on top of it. Sure, ordering a frappa-zappa-latte-extra-whipped-cream may sound like fun, but you can add enough calories to rival half a day's calorie intake. Black or with a dash of sweetener and skim milk saves you hundreds of muffin-top-inducing calories.
Most restaurants now provide calorie and fat counts with their menus. Instead of pushing it to the side so as not to spoil your enjoyment, look for light, low-fat, tasty alternate choices. It will be worth it when you step on the scale at the end of the week.
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