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Go Retro to Slim Down

Go Retro to Slim Down

What's the quickest way to get the body of your dreams? Eat like it's the 1970s.

Some things about the '70s we definitely don't want to repeat: a cold war, a recession, disco fashions . . . But here's one really great thing we should try to emulate. In 1970, people ate about 500 fewer calories per day.

Generation Supersize
Because Americans consume about 500 more daily calories than people did in 1970, researchers think this might help explain why Americans are also 19 pounds heavier on average today. Time to figure out where you can cut calories and not miss 'em. Read on for some quick and easy ideas. (Try the YOU Docs' proven four-step plan to whittle your waist in 2 weeks!)

Easy Ways to Cut Calories
You'd have to walk for 2 to 2 1/2 hours every day to cancel out those extra 500. So maybe slicing some calories as you walk a few extra steps is the easier way to go. Use these tricks to eat a little bit less while you move a little bit more.

Medically reviewed in September 2019.

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