Of course, like a lot of you, I'm trying to lose some weight.

And the thing is, we all know the right thing to do is to move more and eat less, but apparently there are some tricks and tips out there. In fact, I found some things that might be considered bad habits, that can help you lose some weight.  Of course I found them on the internet and I'm obviously no expert, but still... might be helpful.

1.  Drink wine.  There's an antioxidant in the grapes called ellagic acid (You know I have no idea how to pronounce that) that's been shown to boost your metabolism and slow down the growth of fat cells.  And WHITE wine is better than red.  But one glass has about 125 calories, so don't drink too much. I guess that adds up quick, huh.

2.  Eat chocolate.  Especially dark chocolate.  Researchers at U.C. San Diego found that people who ate chocolate regularly tended to be thinner - even if they consumed more calories on a daily basis.  Bring on the Ghirardelli!

3.  Using butter, not margarine.  It seems like they go back and forth on this, but recent studies have found butter is better if you're trying to lose weight, because of the fatty acids in it.  And also because margarine has trans fat. Which the internet tells me is the worst kind of fat.  Bad fat.

4.  Sleeping in.  When you don't get enough sleep, you're more likely to binge eat.  And a recent study found teenagers who lost just one hour of sleep ate an average of 200 extra calories a day.  Which is enough to make you gain two pounds a month. Would a nap help?  Maybe.  Or I guess I should just get my butt off of YouTube and in bed sooner.

What are some of your tips for weight loss?  Are you trying to get healthier as a New Year's resolution?

Habitually yours,


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