Fitness

How to Lose Weight Without Even Trying

Just a few little changes to your day could make a huge dent in your belly

Sitting on your couch, tweeting or watching TV won’t get the pounds off, of course this is something you already know. But you don’t have to train for two hours a day and eat nothing but salad, either to drop a few lbs. What you may not know is that the following tips can be worked easily into your busy schedule—and are all proven to help you ditch your belly.

Snap a selfie.

Taking a full-body photo of yourself once a week could help you shed 2.6 percent of your body weight in four months, a recent Spanish study suggests. For a 160-pound woman, that’s 4 pounds—just by snapping a few bathroom pics.

The study authors say that watching your waist whittle down week by week helps serve as a reminder that eating right and hitting the gym are worth it.

Swap intervals for cardio.

Exercise smarter not harder. People who did high-intensity body weight interval workouts for eight months shed an inch more belly fat than people who did the same amount of time on a treadmill, according to a Greek study.

The researchers say that interval training prompts your body to continue burning extra calories long after you’ve left the gym.

Snack, then shop.

You have probably heard this tip before, never shop on an empty stomach. A recent Cornell study found that when people ate one piece of fruit before grocery shopping, they bought 28 percent more produce—and less junk food—than consumers who had snacked on cookies.

The study authors say that eating a healthy snack subconsciously steers you in the right direction. Straight to the produce section.

Play Tetris (or any cognitive video game)