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9 Ways to Wake Up Slimmer

I’m impatient.

If I buy something online, I want it delivered immediately. If I order at the drive through, I don’t want to idle while it’s being whipped up.

And if I take some steps to flatten my belly, I want to see results—fast.

While researching my new book, I stumbled upon a fascinating study showing rapid weight loss is the key to permanent weight loss. Slow and steady may win the race, but most of us drop out long before the race is run. That’s why, compliments of my new book, Zero Belly Diet, I developed these 9 things you can do today to wake up slimmer tomorrow.

Are you going to lose 10 pounds in the next 24 hours? Of course not. But you can take steps today that will give you visible results tomorrow. Don’t believe me? Then ask Rosie O’Donnell. I took her through a brief Zero Belly workout and two days later doctors told her that her stomach muscles had tightened dramatically. “I’ll look like Pink in about three weeks,” she jokingly exclaimed on “The View”.

WAKE-UP-SLIM SECRET #9

Drop that yogurt!

I cut yogurt out of my diet for several reasons. First, while yogurt has a reputation for fostering healthy belly bacteria, the reality is quite different. Most yogurts are so high in added sugar that they actually feed the bad bacteria in your gut. They’re also high in lactose, a natural sugar found in dairy that many of us have trouble breaking down. The combination of the two can cause bloating and inflammation that can make you look and feel fatter than you are. Don’t eat yogurt today, wake up thinner tomorrow. Or if you must eat yogurt, look for one with 8 g of sugar or less, such as Chobani Simply 100’s blueberry flavor, one of my favorites.

WAKE-UP-SLIM SECRET #8

Do the Thruster

This is the exercise I took Rosie through. It’s a simple, full-body exercise you need to do for just 8 minutes. But once you do it, you’ll discover a tightening around your core that proves to you it’s working. You’ll look and feel leaner the next day, but over time you’ll really begin to drop serious pounds.

Step one: Standing tall with your feet shoulder-width apart, hold a pair of dumbbells by your shoulders, your palms facing each other.

Step two: Lower your hips into a squat until your thighs are parallel to the floor. In one motion, extend your legs to stand up tall while driving the dumbbells overhead. Pause, then lower the dumbbells to the starting position. Do as many as you can until you start to get tired—then pause, and then keep going until you hit the 8-minute mark. Be sure to take it slowly at first. Over time, try to improve your number of total reps—or use slightly heavier dumbbells—with this full-body workout that gets your heart pumping, too!

WAKE-UP-SLIM SECRET #7

Take a shower before bed

Sleep is induced in part by the process of your body cooling down; that’s why we don’t sleep too well when the weather’s hot and muggy. When you take a shower before bed, you activate your body’s thermostat, causing you to fall asleep faster. Better sleep means lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol—which also happens to be a fat-storage hormone. (Cooling down also helps stimulate brown fat, a kind of fat found at the back of the neck that helps your body burn more calories—up to 275 in three hours, in fact!) For added belly-blasting benefits, before bed, brew yourself a pot of green tea, one of these 5 best teas for weight loss.

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