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Walk Off the Weight: Part 2

Slimming Secrets

Last month we recommended one simple, no-dieting weight-loss trick per week. Here are four more to try, from dietitian Ellie Krieger, author of Small Changes, Big Results (Clarkson Potter). Incorporate these easy strategies into your routine along with your workouts, and you're sure to shed pounds without feeling deprived or hungry.

Week 1

Downsize your dishware. Serve dinner on a salad plate. You'll wind up eating less -- but you might not even notice all the calories you've saved.

Week 2

Start your day with a healthy breakfast. Try oatmeal with blueberries and a glass of low-fat milk. Fueling up at the start of your day prevents a binge later.

Week 3

Don't sip your calories. Swap fruit juice, alcohol, and soda for drinks that'll keep you slim, like iced tea and H2O. Craving a cocktail? Sip a wine spritzer (half wine, half club soda).

Week 4

Reward yourself for good behavior. Every day that you meet your nutritional goals, put a few dollars in a jar. At the end of the week, buy yourself a treat that is not related to food.

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