Magazine article Work & Family Life

Subtle Suggestions for Slimming Down

Magazine article Work & Family Life

Subtle Suggestions for Slimming Down

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What's new on the dieting front? It seems like everyone has a tip or two, and most of us feel like we've heard them all. But here are a few suggestions that may surprise you. They're from Jim Karas, author of The Business Plan for the Body (Three Rivers Press), writing in Good Housekeeping.

Turn off the radio. When restaurants want customers to finish their food and go, they play fast music. The speedier the tune, the faster (and more) you tend to eat. Before any meal, switch off the radio or put a slow, soothing album on the stereo.

Sleep more. A Stanford University study found that the less you sleep, the less leptin your body produces. Leptin is the chemical that sends your stomach those "hey, I'm full" messages and stirs you to expend energy.

Don't fkip meals. Physically, your blood sugar drops and your metabolism slows down. …

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