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10 Easy Tricks to Lose Weight

Incorporate these healthy habits to drop pounds without really trying

En español | Nobody goes to bed skinny and wakes up 50 pounds heavier. Most of us gain weight by eating only 100 to 200 extra calories a day, says James O. Hill, Ph.D., professor of medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. The trick is to make subtle changes in our environment — changes that cut out those 100 to 200 calories a day — so we gradually alter our eating habits and lose weight. After all, the best diet is the one you don't know you're on.

Try these simple tips:


1. Include a fruit and a vegetable with your lunch and dinner.

2. Don't eat white foods at dinner.

3. Use the half-plate rule (fill half your plate with veggies.)

4. Have a sweet or salty afternoon snack only if you first eat a piece of fresh fruit.

5. Drink one glass of water before every meal or snack.

Weight Loss without Trying

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6. Use the Restaurant Rule of Two: Limit yourself to two items other than your entrée.

7. Never eat in front of the TV.

8. Eat a piece of fruit on the way to work every day.

9. Save desserts for weekends.

10. Freeze half of what you make, and serve the other half.

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