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Eating smaller, healthier meals every 2-3 hours throughout the day will increase your metabolism and decrease fat storage.

Improvements are a great way to stay motivated. Since increase in muscle can offset decrease in fat, weight isn't necessarily the best number to track. Try recording the number of chin-ups you can do, or the distance you can run at a certain speed.

Regular physical activity can help lose extra pounds, reduce the risk of coronary heart disease, and help control blood pressure.

Losing two pounds a week of fat is healthy, but anymore and you could most likely be losing muscle.

Fats that should be eliminated completely from the body: trans fats, which have no nutritional value and are mostly found in calorie-dense baked goods and chips.

Light to moderate drinking protects against female midsection weight gain, compared with tea. A one 4-ounce glass of red or white wine most days a week is best.

It is easier to stay slim eating mono unsaturated fats (such as olive oil) and omega-3s (found mostly in fish but also in flaxseed and walnut oils and tofu).

Don’t start drinking wine just to fight ab fat, but if you enjoy a glass with dinner, it’s a great benefit.

Make lean choices such as low-fat yogurt, fat-free milk, fish, and poultry for your daily protein intake.

Eating more protein keeps you full long and boosts energy, which leads to overall weight loss.

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