1. Get eight hours of sleep. This helps lower blood pressure and increases your metabolism.
2. Lift weights. Gaining 5 to 10 pounds of lean muscle significantly increases your fat-burning ability.
3. Meditate. Research shows this lowers stress, blood pressure, and the risk of heart attack and stroke, and it also may reverse atherosclerosis.
Adapted from A Change of Heart, by James Keough (Natural Solutions, February 2008).