Friday, March 19, 2010

6 Weight-Loss Tricks

SHOOT: To me the hard reality is simply this - eat less and exercise more. I read somewhere that the top selling books at most bookstores are consistently Cookbooks. Guess what #2 is? Diet books.
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The advice for losing those stubborn extra pounds seems so simple: Eat less, and exercise more. But as anyone who's ever tried to lose a few pounds knows, putting that advice into practice is very tough. Cut back on calories too much, and you're overwhelmed by hunger and your metabolism may slow. Exercise like crazy, and the hunger pangs you feel a few hours later may trigger you to eat back all you've burned off-and then some.

1. Eat hot soup before a meal.
2. Don't eat heavily just before bed.
3. Live like a city dweller.
4. Try a dash of chili pepper.
5. Limit caloric beverages.
6. Weigh yourself once a day. This certainly helps me maintain my weight because I make a point to cut back on snacks if I've gained a little. And research backs me up. A 2006 study from Cornell University found that college freshmen instructed to weigh themselves every morning gained almost no weight during the school year compared with a 7-pound gain for those who weren't given a scale.
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