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6 Scientifically Proven Ways You Can Start Losing Weight—Right Now

Want weight-loss tips that work? These strategies are all based on studies with proven results.

Stock up on whole foods

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Is your pantry full of snack foods that boast “10 percent less sodium!” and “Now with more fiber”? Ditch those products in favor of more whole foods. That means choosing packages that list only one or two ingredients—such as whole wheat couscous or unsalted, sugar-free peanut butter. Check out these 13 foods that help you lose weight fast

Create a soft drink-free zone

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A Harvard study of 6,000 people found that drinking just one soft drink a day (diet or regular) increased the risk of obesity by 31 percent. Another study found that rats fed artificially sweetened drinks for 10 days gained more weight than those fed sugar-sweetened drinks. Researchers theorize that drinking diet drinks makes your body prepare for a large intake of calories. When these fail to materialize, your body demands food by making you feel hungry. Instead of drinking soft drinks, opt for infused water. Here are some quick weight loss tips nutrition experts swear by

Sip green tea

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In addition to its heart-protective benefits, green tea may also have some weight-loss benefits, with one study finding that it appears to raise the rate at which you burn calories and increase the speed at which your body uses fat. Remember these 50 things your doctor wishes you knew about losing weight

Eat fat

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Researchers at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston studied people on two weight-loss diets. Both diets contained the same number of calories, but one was low in fat while the other was higher in monounsaturated fats such as olive oil and nuts. The researchers found that those on the higher-fat regimen (with 45 to 60 g more fat per day) were able to stay on their diet longer and better maintain their weight lossHere are more secrets of people who have maintained their weight loss

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