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By Amy Paturel
The Emmy Awards are all set for this Sunday -- which means Hollywood is desperate to drop pounds. But with only four days to go until an event that adds five to 10 pounds via TV cameras, this year's nominees and presenters might need to get more creative than just diet and exercise.
From fat-burning underwear to weighted flatware, here are some of the silliest ways to lose weight:
1. Wear fat-burning underwear: In Japan, the latest craze for losing weight is to sport specially formulated undies that supposedly burn hundreds of calories a week -- no treadmill required. Called the MXP Calorie Shaper Pants, these fat-burning drawers are made of a unique no-stretch material that makes muscles work harder while walking or climbing stairs, or so the makers claim.
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2. Eat with your non-dominant hand: It may be cumbersome (and look ridiculous), but researchers say it works! After all, dropping half a forkful on the way to your mouth means fewer calories -- and a big mess to clean up.
3. Down some vinegar: Studies show that downing vinegar, especially with a plate of pasta, can help you take in fewer calories. We're just not sure if that's because it tastes crummy or if there's a biological mechanism. But vinegar on pasta? We'll pass.
4. Purposefully swallowing a tapeworm: The idea of a worm munching on our insides is enough to make us hurl. Of course, that sort of mitigates the need for a tapeworm. Enough said.
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5. Weighted flatware: A clever company came up with something called the Knife and Fork Lift -- weighted utensils meant to remind you that eating puts weight on and requires exercise to take it off. Thanks, but we'll save our workout for the gym.
6. Eat air: Last year, French Grazia highlighted "L'Air Fooding," loosely translated as the "Air Diet." The plan: Surround yourself with food and pretend to eat it, but never swallow a calorie. Unfortunately, this so-called "diet" is actually a dangerous disease called anorexia -- not a healthful way to lose weight.
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