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1. Eat From The Sea

The omega-3s found in oily fish such as salmon, cod and sardines could benefit your waistline. An Australian study shows that overweight people who eat fish every day as part of a reduced-calorie diet can lose 20 per cent more than those who don’t eat fish.



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2. Keep Water On Hand

A US study shows that by drinking 500 ml of water before a meal you could consume 90 kcal less than if you don’t drink water. You may also lose 2.5 kg more in the long run. So keep a water bottle in your bag and on your desk to combat snack cravings when they strike.


3. Hit The Sheets

Aim for seven or eight hours of shut-eye each night as inadequate sleep of five hours or less affects the hunger hormone ghrelin – which increases food intake and abdominal fat, reduces the calories you burn and promotes fat retention. So if you need to get up at 7 am make sure you’re in bed by 11 pm.

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4. Put Your Wallet On A Diet

Retail therapy may feel good but a US study shows financial strain is a significant cause of elevated stress levels, which can lead to weight gain. A great way to curb your spending is to limit the amount of unnecessary food items you purchase.

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5. Enjoy Your Wine

Women who drink two glasses of wine each night are less likely to gain weight than those who don’t. As a bonus, nutritionist Leanne Cooper says that if you drink sensibly, you may be more responsible and practise moderation when it comes to your overall diet and health.

Text: Bauer Syndication