So I started increasing my time on the elliptical machine until I was doing it for about an hour per day (about 6 days per week), working very hard for that hour. And I tried to be careful in various ways about my eating. As the chart shows, that worked very well, with my weight going down not just through Christmas 2010, but through to the end of March 2011, bottoming out then more than 40 pounds below its high point. At around where I’d lost 25-30 pounds, my wife reported that my snoring had stopped. Aligned with that, I was feeling more rested when I woke in the mornings. As you can see, toward the end of September 2010, red dots join the blue ones. That’s when I opened and started using a home digital scale I had received as a gift (I think I had asked for it, but then neglected to use it for quite a while), recording my weight every day. (I actually weigh myself at home twice every day, morning and night, and record both weights, but only the morning weigh-in makes this chart — as the red dots.) The red dots are below the blue ones, because they are my morning weigh-in, done without clothes or shoes, so the red dot on a typical day is about 5 or so pounds below that day’s “exercise weight.”
If you want a drink that mimics the fancy beverages served in health spas, try this homemade detox water. This is one of the best-rounded brews ever devised by human minds. The lemon leads to a cleaned out digestive system, and cucumbers keep your figure slim by eliminating unnecessary water storage. Strawberries combine with the other fruits to provide the most prominent edge of sweetness, which is accompanied by the brisk coolness of mint. This digestive aid merges efforts with the basil to create a stable stomach for any lass. Get ready to feel like you just ordered room service!
When you go to drink this weight-loss tea, give it a good, long sniff. Preliminary research from Wheeling Jesuit University found that people who inhaled the fresh, minty scent every two hours for five days ate fewer calories and sugar. It appears the scent is a powerful—and yummy—way to quash hunger. Luckily, unlike peppermint candies, peppermint tea is one calorie-free indulgence. (Sniffing these foods could help you slim down.)

Why it Works: Studies show apples have an appetite-suppressing effect. The pectin fiber in apples contribute to delayed gastric emptying. Essentially, this prolongs the time the food remains in the stomach, thus maintaining the feeling of being full and satiated. As for cinnamon, we know for a fact the spice is a proven blood-sugar reducer. New studies also show that cinnamaldehyde, a compound in cinnamon, may induce fat-cell autonomous thermogenesis.
When you’re in the mood for a spicy kick, make ginger your go-to weight-loss tea. Eating the zesty rhizome on its own has been found to reduce inflammation and better your blood pressure. In a small study in the journal Metabolism, subjects who drank a ginger beverage with breakfast reported lower hunger and greater satiety. (Always hungry? Here are 8 reasons you can’t stop eating.)

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