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Keep it simple

Banish over-­processed foods with mile-long ingredient lists from your pantry and fridge, and choose what’s whole, fresh, and natural instead.

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Munch around the clock

To rev your metabolism 24-7, eat a meal or snack every three hours or so. (Aim for 300 calories at breakfast, 400 to 450 at lunch, 450 to 500 at dinner, and then two 100- to 200-calorie snacks.)

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Eat carbs

Resistant Starch (found in carbs like beans, oatmeal, lentils, and multigrain bread) has been shown to boost metabolism and curb cravings. The goal: to eat four to six servings daily.

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Perfect your portions

Think of your plate as a pie chart, and divide it this way: 1/4 carbs high in Resistant Starch, 1/4 lean protein, and 1/2 veggies and/or fruit.

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Eat healthy fats

Monounsaturated fats (MUFAs)—found in foods like olive oil and avocado—have been shown to fight belly flab and reduce inflammation. Aim for two to three servings per day.

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Fiber up

High-fiber foods (fruits, veggies, whole grains) fill you up fast, decrease overall calorie intake, and improve digestion. Have 25 to 35 grams per day.

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Grab some protein

Include a serving of lean protein (fish, eggs, and chicken are all great sources) at every meal to boost calorie-burning, keep you satisfied, and help build lean-muscle mass (so you’ll torch more calories without even trying).

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Write on!

Studies show that keeping a log of everything you eat can help you stay motivated, put you more in tune with your body’s needs—and thus help you drop more pounds.

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Use the buddy system

Ask friends and family to support your efforts and help you stay on track.

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Stay hydrated

Your body can accidentally interpret thirst as hunger, so set it straight by chugging H2O throughout the day. Aim for about 8 cups daily, and make it interesting by sipping flavored seltzer or adding slices of fresh fruit.

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