7 One-Minute Weight-Loss Ideas

by Lexi Petronis


Romulo YanesRomulo Yanes You know how that $4 latte that you get every morning doesn't seem that extravagant at the time--but when you add up how many $4 lattes you've had over the course of a month, you realize that you've had $100 worth of caffeine? The same thing can happen when you want to lose weight--well, in the good, not-draining-your-bank-account sort of way, of course.

Instead of making dramatic changes to your eating habits and your workout regimen all at the same time--which research has shown can often end up in failure--try some of these little things, which can add up.

1: Have some soup for lunch. Several studies have found that people who slurp soup every day end up eating fewer calories overall. And soups filled with chunky veggies are even better: one study showed that those who ate chunky vegetable soups instead of pureed vegetable soups ate 20 percent less.

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2. Blot the grease off your pizza. It actually helps! You can save 40 calories and 4 grams of fat, all by dabbing your slice with a napkin.

3. Sprint. If you're already going for a jog or run during the week, break up your course with intermittent sprinting sessions. It causes your heart to pump faster and then slower, which means an extra calorie-burning boost.

4. Buy the smaller package when you're grocery shopping. Eating from bigger packs will likely make you eat more than you would otherwise--up to 44 percent more, according to experts.

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5. Eat melon. Watermelon and cantaloupe are filled with water, which means they can help flush out toxins and relieve water retention and bloat--and keep you feeling full, so you don't eat more later.

6. Have an artichoke. Swap the butter dipping sauce for a squeeze of lemon or a sprinkle of sauce, and you've got more than a food that is just fun to eat--it can help you in your weight-loss goals.

7. Do your laundry. Hey, you've got to get those clothes clean anyway, and doing it yourself means an extra 68-calorie burn.
Do you already do some of these? What are your own ways of saving (or burning) extra calories?

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