You don't have to subsist on celery sticks to slim down quickly. These diet tips will have you celebrating your healthy weight loss by the weekend.
To shed 1 pound in a week, most women need to burn about 3,500 more calories than they take in—that's 500 a day. While that may seem like a lot, little trade-offs add up fast. Still skeptical? Choose two moves (one from each column) daily, and we guarantee you'll be lighter by the weekend.
Have eggs in the a.m. A recent Saint Louis University study found that people who ate eggs as part of their breakfast consumed about 164 fewer calories throughout the day than those who had a bagel with cream cheese.
Order the lunch combo Instead of your regular turkey on wheat, have a small broth-based soup and half of that sandwich. The soup will fill you up—and save you 250 calories or more.
Downsize your drink Order a calorie-free tea or coffee with a splash of nonfat milk in place of your usual medium chai tea or lowfat latte, each of which contains roughly 200 calories.
Snack smarter Have half a cup of light ice cream or a lowfat bar in lieu of a scoop of the premium version (you'll save 230 calories and 21 grams of fat). Or nosh on a 100-calorie pack of popcorn instead of chips and dip to trim 210 calories and 17 fat grams.
Pare down your pie Order the thin-crust pizza with half the cheese instead of the deep dish variety to slash 280 calories and 12 grams of fat per slice.
Ban the bread basket Just one roll with butter contains 313 calories and 19 grams of fat.
Order a substitute At brunch, trade in the hash browns for fruit and opt for the turkey bacon instead of the sausage to save 246 calories and 26 grams of fat.
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Exercise moves: add these moves into your daily routine to boost your healthy weight loss.
Take the stairs Clock a total of 30 minutes throughout the day and you'll climb off 231 calories.
Say om Pop in a 45-minute power yoga, vinyasa, or ashtanga DVD. In addition to decompressing, you'll burn at least 250 calories.
Sign up for a class At the gym, take the hour-long body sculpting class rather than breezing through your usual 30-minute free weights routine. You'll challenge your muscles in a new way—and sweat off an additional 266 calories.
Clean house Crank up Taylor Swift or Linkin Park and give your home a complete scrubdown. All that sweeping and dusting will help you blast up to 266 calories an hour.
Meet up for a stroll Instead of gabbing over cocktails, convince a friend to power walk around the park with you for 45 minutes. Each of you will burn 300 calories.
Hit the dance floor (or your living room!) Shake and shimmy for 45 minutes to shave 266 calories from your daily tally.
Play a video game... on a Nintendo Wii, that is. Researchers at the University of Wisconsin in LaCrosse found that playing the boxing game for 30 minutes torches about 216 calories, while the tennis version burns 159 calories.