10 Last-Ditch Diet Tricks

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10 Last-Ditch Diet Tricks

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10 Last-Ditch Diet Tricks

Expect to drop 3 to 5 pounds with these tips

You've trained hard; filled your fridge, freezer, and pantry with healthy fare; and been diligent about getting your H20. But despite all that, a little bit of flab lingers. Don't give up—or turn to a crash diet in desperation! These 10 diet tweaks are designed to help you banish bloat and rev up your metabolism without the sluggishness, hunger, irritability, and other side effects of crazy "miracle" plans. Work them into your diet in the two to four weeks before your wedding and we promise you'll love the results.

1. Flatten your belly with fiber

Excess body fat isn't the only thing that leads to tummy bulge: About 80 percent of us struggle with constipation at some point. While brief periods of irregularity are normal, they can make the scale creep up and cause that little extra pooch. The easy solution: Up your intake of soluble fiber, found in apples, citrus fruits, seeds, and beans. "This sticky fiber soaks up water to form a gel-like substance that stimulates the muscles of your digestive system so they contract and push waste through faster," says Christine Gerbstadt, M.D., R.D., a spokes-woman for the American Dietetic Association. A simple way to boost your intake: Sprinkle chia seeds (found at health food stores) or ground flaxseed into yogurt or a smoothie.

2. Add healthy bacteria

Yogurt and kefir contain probiotics, such as acidophilus, which may be a hidden factor in weight control. Everyone has bacteria in their digestive system, but if you're overweight, it may be because the blend of those bugs is causing you to absorb more calories from the food you eat. "Getting more pro-biotics in your diet can change the balance of bacteria," says Steven Pratt, M.D., author of SuperHealth. And that can lead to weight loss.

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