10 Daily Gut Busters

The editors of Men's Health give you 10 ways to lose lard without trying too hard

February 10, 2012
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Don't let "lose my spare tire" find its way onto your list of failed resolutions this year. It doesn't have to be a struggle! With just a few simple changes to your daily routine, you can fire up your metabolism and say goodbye to fat forever (Search: How do I boost my metabolism?). Make these strategies a way of life, and you'll find your six-pack in no time.

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1. Eat eggs for breakfast

A study in Nutrition Research found that people who egg it up consume fewer total calories the rest of the day. Video: Try this tasty new way to eat eggs--it's healthy, too!

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2. Stand up

Stand up whenever you read or take a phone call at work. (You can also use a stand-up desk.) Standing burns 1 1/2 times more calories than sitting does. More: Inspire yourself to get moving with a free motivational poster.

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3. Don't eat meals in front of the TV

In a University of Massachusetts study, people who did that took in nearly 300 more calories a day.

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4. Weigh yourself each week

Three out of four successful dieters do this, the American College of Sports Medicine Health & Fitness Journal reports.

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5. Have an apple

At lunch, have an apple instead of apple juice. Chewing triggers satiety, so you'll likely consume nearly 15 percent fewer calories, notes the journal Appetite.

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6. Mix a shake

Consuming 55 grams of whey protein a day for 23 weeks can leave you 4 pounds lighter than if you'd eaten those calories in carbs, USDA scientists say.

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7. Put produce at eye level

You're 2.7 times more likely to eat healthy food if it's in your line of sight, say scientists at Cornell University.

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8. Clean the house

People with the most spic-and-span abodes have the highest levels of physical activity, research from Indiana University reveals.

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9. Add chickpeas to soup

Toss a half cup of chickpeas into your next pot of winter soup. You'll tack 6 more grams of flab-fighting fiber onto your bottom line.

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10. Drink skim milk

Got milk? Drinking 2 1/2 cups of skim milk in the a.m. instead of the calorie equivalent in juice can lower calorie consumption by 8.5 percent, says an Australian study.

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