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3 Secrets to Slimming Down

3 Secrets to Slimming Down

Sure, we know that eating less and exercising more is one simple, tried-and-true weight loss strategy. But here are three weight loss secrets you may not have heard of.

Secret number one: Turn down your thermostat a smidge. Sounds odd, right? Yet studies indicate that cozy indoor temps may inhibit calorie-burning because your body will burn extra calories to keep warm. But not if it's feeling toasty. Research suggests that keeping temps below 68 degrees Fahrenheit may help fire up your metabolism. (Here's how to set up your kitchen for weight loss success.)

Secret number two: Go to bed early. A lack of sleep throws appetite hormones into gimme-more mode. Poor sleep also affects blood sugar and insulin levels in a way that can increase the risk of excessive weight gain. Your goal: 7 to 8 hours of nightly shut-eye, day in and day out. 

Secret number three: Cut down your dinners out to once a month. In the study, eating just one restaurant meal per week upped the risk of obesity by 50 percent. Preparing meals at home allows you to control fat, sugar, and salt content -- and let's you know exactly what you're eating.

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