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1. Curbs your appetite.
Get it the drug-free way: Drink water instead! It’s free, simple, and it works: a recent Virginia Tech study found that women who drank two glasses of water before every meal lost more weight than those who took diet pills to curb hunger.
2. Speeds up your metabolism.
Get it the drug-free way: Sorry folks, but the best way to rev your metabolism is through exercise. “Do some heavy resistance training or HIIT (high intensity interval training),” suggests Michele Collier and John Dull, co-creators of the “Supreme 90 Day” system. “After just one session of HIIT, your metabolism can stay elevated for up to 18 hours after.”
3. Increased energy.
Get it the drug-free way: Spice up your meals! “Spicy hot foods and condiments increase circulation and increase metabolism,” says Dr. Lynn Anderson, creator of the “Aero*Boga” DVD. “When you increase circulation to your brain, it gets charged and you get energized.” Anderson recommends adding salsa, red pepper and a little horseradish to meals.
4. Cuts cravings.
Get it the drug-free way: Got a craving for chocolate that just won’t quit? Take a whiff of peppermint. One study done at Wheeling Jesuit University in West Virginia found that subjects who regularly took sniffs of peppermint throughout the day consumed 2,800 calories less per week than their non scent-smelling counterparts. Researchers believe this may be because when our brains focus on a strong scent (such as peppermint) our focus is shifted away from the food we may be craving.
5. Reduces calorie intake.
Get it the drug-free way: Eat in volume. If you like to eat, don’t fight it! Instead, indulge in low-calorie, high-volume foods like broth-based soups, popcorn or large salads. A recent study published in the journal Appetite found that subjects who consumed soup before a meal ate 20 percent less calories at mealtimes than those that didn’t.