Want some easy weight-loss tips? I’ve got the tricks that help thin people burn hundreds more calories than the rest of us. We got this from the experts at Condé Nast Publications:
- The first trick: Eat lightly and often. Nutritionist Chrissy Wellington says that your digestion kicks into gear every time you take the smallest bite of food, which means your body takes longer to digest several smaller meals than two or three big ones. So, even if you ingest the same number of calories, you end up burning more calories overall.
- Another weight-loss secret of thin people: Get more vitamin D. A study in the British Journal of Nutrition found that dieters who got inadequate levels of vitamin D lost weight more slowly than those who got the recommended 400 International Units a day. The fix: Eat more vitamin D-rich foods, like wild salmon, low-fat milk and yogurt, and fortified whole grain cereal.
- Also: Eat breakfast. When you sleep for eight hours and don’t eat anything, your body starts to wonder when it’s going to get fed next. If you start your day by not eating, your body thinks, “Hey, I’m starving here!”and holds onto your fat, instead of burning it for energy. The fix: Eat a protein-rich breakfast, like scrambled egg whites, or oatmeal with fruit, which will make you feel full longer and boost your metabolism.
- Another weight-loss secret of thin people: Don’t eat late at night. Lying down on a full stomach can cause acid reflux, which can interrupt your sleep. Studies show that when people are tired and cranky, they eat more throughout the day.
- Then: Keep switching sides. Whether you’re carrying a heavy bag on your shoulder - or a child on your hip - swapping sides every five minutes works more muscles, and burns more calories.
- One final trick for burning more calories: Cook your own food. It’s often healthier, and by the time you’ve made a meal and cleaned up, you’ve been on your feet a half-hour more than if you’d sat around waiting for the pizza guy.