Tips on How to Drop 5 Lbs!
Tips and tricks to try today

  • You Snooze, You Lose

Add one hour of sleep to your schedule, and you could drop up to 14 pounds this year. New data from the University of Michigan shows that you'll likely eat 6 percent less if you replace 60 minutes of awake time (when you may snack) with an hour of shut-eye. And a Harvard study that tracked around 68,000 women found that those who clocked only five or fewer hours of rest a night had a 32 percent greater chance of gaining more than 30 pounds over a 16-year period than those who got seven hours of sleep.

  • Drink Water, Lose Weight

You've heard it again and again — H2O, at zero calories, is the best diet drink. But if you're still hooked on high-cal beverages, check out these numbers: Researchers who tracked 240 overweight women found that those who replaced sweetened drinks with water lost five more pounds, on average, than those who didn't. Why these sips add up: A can of Coke is 146 calories; a cup of grape juice, 154 calories.

  • Laugh It Off
A fit of giggles doesn't just boost immunity and cut stress levels, it burn calories too. Researchers from Vanderbilt University in Tennessee locked up 90 people in a room to watch comedy clips on TV, and found that those who laughed used 20 percent more energy than those who didn't laughed. Laugh for 10 to 15 minutes a day, and you could burn off 2.2. kilograms a year.

  • Listen to Lose
Exercising to the right song can help you get fitter, report researchers from Brunel University in England. They found that music helped participants work out longer. The key is to find tunes that get you going (think James Brown's "I Feel Good"). Once you sit down to eat, however, silence is best. A study from Georgia State University showed that people munched more when music was playing.

  • Healthy Glow
Get glowing with an all-over self-tanner. Darker Skin can give you the appearance of shaving shaved-off 5 to 7 pounds by slimming problem areas like your belly and thighs. Bonus: Self-tanner also masks stretch marks and cellulite.

  • Portion Patrol
Tired of cooking? We hear you. But consider this before you order a takeout: A recent study showed that restaurant meals have at least 60 percent more calories than dishes prepared at home. Portion size may be a factor. In a survey of 300 chefs, many of the cooks copped to serving 12-ounce-or larger-steaks (the recommended portion is 3 ounces), and one to two cups of pasta (one serving is half a cup.)

  • Chew on This Slowly
If you always rush through meals, watch out. A study from the University of Rhode Island showed that women who raced through a pasta lunch in nine minutes ate 646 calories. Those who took their time (about half an hour) consumed almost 70 fewer calories. And not only did they eat less — they felt fuller.

Source: Good Housekeeping, 2007.

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