Weight Loss Tricks and Tips

You already know regularly hitting the gym and eating right will help you drop lbs. But a wave of new studies has found that there are fun little tricks that help, too. (They're so awesome, we almost can't believe they're legit.) Add these proven secrets to your fitness routine to firm up even faster.  

Eat Chocolate 
Scientists from the University of California at San Diego studied nearly 1,000 people and discovered that those who regularly eat chocolate are slimmer than those who just eat it occasionally. That daily chocolate habit doesn't sound so bad now, huh? 

Nibble Popcorn 
According to a study from the University of Scranton, popcorn may contain as many immune-boosting antioxidants as fruits and vegetables. Skip the microwave and movie versions (they have too many calories) and instead cook kernels over the stove with just a little bit of vegetable oil. 

Drink Wine 
New research found that women who drink a glass of two of red wine a day were 30 percent less likely to be overweight than nondrinkers. The study also found that women who drink moderately eat less.  

Smell Your Food 
A study posted in the journal Flavour found that strong aromas cause people to take smaller bites of food. When you take smaller bites of something, you end up eating less at a meal, so make sure to take a whiff before you take a bite. 

Nosh on Coffee Beans 
According to a study from the University of Scranton, snacking on unroasted coffee beans can lead to weight loss by slowing the absorption of fat and glucose in your stomach. They taste bitter, though, so maybe pair a bean or two with chocolate. 

Hold a Water Bottle When You Work Out 
A study from Stanford University found that keeping your hands cool when you exercise will help you work out longer. As a result, you'll lose weight faster. Try clutching a cold water bottle the next time you work up a sweat. 

Take a Break From the Gym 
Experts say exercising every day can hurt your fitness goals and leave you feeling burned out. The solution? Take one or two days off from the gym a week. So over it? Take a week off. You'll feel much more motivated to work out when you get back to it. 

Eat One Less Piece of Cheese 
Researchers from the National Institutes of Health found that you only need to cut 10 calories a day from your diet to lose weight. For every 10 calories you cut, you'll lose a pound over the span of a year. 

Have a Gym Buddy 
According to a Brown University study, people who work out together lose more weight than those who hit the gym alone. Not only that, the person who organizes these gym sessions is more likely to lose the most lbs of the group. 

Eat Dessert at Breakfast 
A study from Tel Aviv University found that eating dessert as part of a 600-calorie breakfast that includes proteins and carbs can help you lose weight. Want to have a cookie or brownie first thing? Go for it. 

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