You've heard the popular slim-down suggestions-from eating smaller portions to adding more veggies to every meal-but there are factors beyond what you put on your plate that may help you lose weight. From strolling after dinner to waking up early on the weekends, here are nine new tips you need to know. Photo by Getty Images.
1. Eating Less Often
Have you been eating six small meals a day because you've heard it helps regulate your metabolism? Now, preliminary research presented at an American Diabetes Association meeting suggests fewer meals may be the sweet spot. Adults with type 2 diabetes who ate two meals a day lost more weight than those who ate six with the same total calories, possibly because it led to improved insulin sensitivity. The takeaway? Don't feel pressured to eat many times a day. The best option-whether six meals or two with snacks in between-is the one that works for your lifestyle, says registered dietitian Corinne Dobbas.