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1. Drink one glass of water every hour. It will make you feel full.  
2. Drink ice cold water. Your body will burn calories just getting the water to a normal temperature to digest. Also it is great for your complexion. 
3. Drink 3 cups of green tea daily. It will help boost your metabolism, plus its anti-oxidants make your skin look great. 
4. Take vitamins daily. Do not take vitamins on an empty stomach, otherwise they have nothing to catalyze with. 
5. Eat ice or gum when hungry. This will make your body think it had food without the calories. 
6. Do aerobics until you want to faint. 
7. Eat spicy foods. They raise your metabolism. 
8. Take cold showers because your body will burn calories to heat you back up. 
9. DON’T take laxatives. They don’t help you to lose weight. 
10. DON’T use diruretics. They only dehydrate you. 
11. Brush your teeth constantly so you won’t be tempted to eat afterwards. 
16. Chew each bite of food thoroughly and then take a sip of water between bites. You will feel full quicker and will not eat as much. 
17. Buy clothes that you can’t fit into and hang them wear you can see them. This will motivate you to lose weight to fit into them. 
18. Sleep at least six hours a day. If you get less than six this can lower your metabolism by 15%.

 19. If you start to feel hungry do situps. 

20. Pamper yourself! Give yourself a facial, paint your nails, anything to make you feel pretty. 

21. Get out of your house! 
22. Keep track of everything you eat. Look at it daily for thinsperation. 
23. Keep good posture, burns 10% more calories when you sit up straight. 
24. Make a list of all the “bad” foods that you crave and tend to binge on. Each day, pick one to take out of your diet that you absolutely, no matter what, cannot eat again. Take one off the list each day until there are no more bad foods you can have. 
25. Avoid alcohol! A shot of liquor has 100-120 calories, a glass of wine has 80 calories, a lite beer has 110-120 calories, and a regular beer has 140-170 calories. 
26. Never eat anything bigger than about a cup, your stomach will expand and then you’ll get hungry more. 
27. Have 6 small meals a day. 
28. Low calorie hot chocolate curbs chocolate cravings, and makes you feel full. 
29. It takes 20 minutes for the brain to realize the stomach is full. 
30. Eat lots of fiber. It makes you feel full and takes fat with it out of your body. The natural cleansing helps improve both your energy level and overall feeling of wellness. 
31.Before you dig into that cake, bag of chips, candy, or whatever, take a deep breath and count to 100. Usually by the time you get to 100 you will have convinced yourself that you don’t really want it. 
32. When you’re hungry chug 2 glasses (or how many you need) of straight water. It’ll make you so full 
33. Celery actually burns calories. Every hour eat a stalk of it. Not only will it fill you up, but it will also get your metabolism kickin’. 
34. Read the nutritional information. Remember, fat-free does not mean calorie-free. Also keep an eye on fiber content. Get as much fiber into your diet as you can, while cutting fat and calories. 
35. Don’t eat a lot at once. Spread your food throughout the day. This will help to avoid binging and keep your metabolism going. 
36. If you like to drink alcohol, you’ll like this. Make a rule: You can only drink every time you lose 2lbs. So, if you lose 4lbs a week, you can drink Friday and Saturday night. However, if you only lose 2lbs a week, you only get to drink one night. 
37. Do not eat in front of the computer or TV. This distracts you from recognizing you’re full. 
38. Stay away from Slim-fast and other so-called “healthy” candy bars and shakes… one look at the nutrition facts will tell you why. With all the carbs and excess calories you may as well go eat a freakin pie or something. Not to mention the rediculous prices… save yourself the money, and the calories. 
39.When having cravings drink a couple glasses of water with slices of lemons and count to 100 and it should go away. 
40. Eating 100 cals 4 times a day is better than eating a 400 cal meal. 
41. An occasional binge doesn’t hurt, in fact it’s quite beneficial if you have reached a plateau (stopped losing weight). Your body will think you have stopped starving yourself, and you will drop at least a pound overnight! Just don’t binge too regularly! 
42. Someone told me that if you take a pure cold bath for 15-30 min and lower your body temp, your body burns around 200 cals for every degree it has to raise itself to reach a normal body temperature. This person tried it, a 30 min bath lowered their temp about 3-4 degrees 

Fat-burning Workout: Pump Up the Cardio

A good overall cardiovascular conditioning exercise program is crucial to burn fat, say Sedlock and White. “Walking is excellent,” White says, but most people have to pump it up a bit from their routine pace, especially if they’ve been exercising for a while and the flab isn’t budging.

“Increase the days,” White suggests. “If you work out two days, go to three. Or if you’re jogging for half an hour, increase it to 45 minutes or an hour.”

Interval training (THIS IS WHAT INSANITY IS) — that is, alternating bursts of intense activity with bursts of lighter activity — is a good way to burn more fat, White says. “Walk for five minutes, then jog for five,” he says, then repeat. That strategy will burn overall more calories and more fat. If you are already jogging, jog then sprint to mix it up, he says.

Increasing intensity for a short period within your regular workout will burn more total calories and therefore more fat, Sedlock says.

Fat-burning Workout: Pump Iron or Do Other Strength Training

If you’re trying to banish flab, weight training three times a week for a half hour each session — if you’re a beginner — is ideal, White says. Once your flab is under control, two weight training sessions a week usually will help you maintain tone, he says.

“Work the full body,” he says, rather than focus only on, say, triceps work for flabby upper arms. A full workout works all the major muscle groups, not just the flabby ones.

If you’re a beginner to weights or other kinds of strength training, such as resistance bands, get some expert instruction first by hiring a personal trainer for a session or two, experts suggest.

You can incorporate the full-body weight training exercises that focus on your flabby areas, of course, White says. “For the muffin top, focus on the [abdominal] oblique muscles by doing bicycle kicks,” he says, “or do oblique twists with the cable [weight] machine.”

A simpler at-home exercise to burn fat, White says, is: Get a broom, hold it straight up over your head, then lean to the right and the left. You should feel the effort in your so-called love handles.

For flabby upper arms, you can do dumbbell kickbacks with hand weights. (With upper arm parallel to the floor and bent at the elbow, lean over a weight bench or other low bench with your other arm supporting your body. Extend the lower arm holding the weight until it is straight. Repeat and switch the weight to the other hand.)

To maximize the fat burning during weight training, women should aim for 12 to 15 repetitions per exercise, White says, and focus on a higher number of reps rather than constantly boosting the weight. Men should aim for eight to 12 reps and increase the weight periodically.

22. How do I get a Thigh Gap?

How to get ‘the thigh’ gap

1. Avoid exercises such as squats, lunges, leg curls, stiff-legged deadlifts, leg extensions and calf raises, especially with heavy weights for now. They DO NOT slim thighs. A piece of cardio machinery you would do well to avoid is the Stairmaster. Although these things are good for you and are often promoted to make thigh smaller, they actually target thigh muscles and can make them bigger. Weight training makes muscle fibers larger.

2. Do cardiovascular exercise to slim thighs. This is the main tool in your arsenal. Your cardio goal should be to burn fat without gaining much muscle mass in the thighs. To do this you need to avoid working the thigh muscles more than necessary. On cardio equipment, keep the resistance low on the elliptical or stationary bike, or the incline low on the treadmill. If you’re running outside, avoid hilly terrain. However, aim for a moderately high intensity for maximum effectiveness.

3. Endurance exercising is one of the most effective exercises to get defined, slim thighs and legs. Endurance runners tend to have very slim legs, especially compared to sprinters who have highly developed and very large thigh muscles.

4. Pay attention to the muscles you feel being targeted. You DON’T want to be working out your thighs too much and making the muscles bigger.Posture othe the elliptical is critical. If you’re standing correctly, it will target your butt, outer thighs and hamstrings, and lessen the strain on your quadriceps (the front of your thighs.)

5. Resistance training is great if you want to increase the shape and definition of your thighs without making them too bulky. You do need muscles to have nice, slim thighs, and resistance training will allow the kind of toning you want. Keep the weights moderately light. Focus on doing more repetitions with less resistance.

6. Yoga and stretching are both great for making your legs appear longer and leaner, especially if you’ve never really stretched and your muscles are tight.