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8 Ways to Lose Weight with Little Effort

4. Resistance training, like weight lifting, results in a 73% increase in fat burning for hours afterward.

Okay, I know this one requires a bit more effort. But just adding 15 to 20 minutes of resistance training like lifting weights results in a 73 percent increase in fat burning for hours after you finish, according to research at the University of Nevada. Even lifting 5-pound weights or canned goods helps you to get this impressive result and develop great muscle tone, which in turn burns fat.

5. Snack on almonds to increase weight loss by 64 percent and target belly fat.

According to research at California’s City of Hope National Medical Center and a study published in the International Journal of Obesity and Related Metabolic Disorders, overweight participants who snacked on 70 almonds daily had a 14 percent waistline reduction.

6. Drink green tea. It’s a fat buster extraordinaire.

Study after study proves that drinking green tea dramatically reduces weight thanks to the phytonutrient epigallocatechin gallate (or EGCG for short). EGCG has been proven in multiple studies to increase the rate at which fat is burned in the body. Research at Tufts University indicates that EGCG in green tea, like other catechins, activates fat-burning genes in the abdomen to speed weight loss by 77 percent. Drink at least three cups daily for weight loss.

7. Shrink fat cells with chromium.

Research at the University of Texas found that supplementing with the mineral chromium daily can double fat loss, without losing muscle.

8. Take carnitine to burn fat fast.

Carnitine is a powerful nutrient that transports fat to your cells’ incinerators to be burnt as fuel. In a study of people who ate healthy, exercised moderately and supplemented with 2 grams of carnitine daily, those who supplemented with carnitine lost an average of 11 pounds, while the placebo group lost only 1 pound in 12 weeks. Best results are obtained with 2000 mg or 2 grams daily on an empty stomach, ideally before breakfast.

Adapted from the upcoming book 60 Seconds to Slim by Michelle Schoffro Cook, PhD.  Copyright Michelle Schoffro Cook, PhD.

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