Turns out losing pesky fat around your midsection is easier and cheaper than you may think: Simply sip an 8-oz. glass of water spiked with 2 tsp. of apple cider vinegar daily. The sip’s acetic acid has been proven to switch on fat-burning genes and balance blood sugar to dial down appetite. Those are effects that have helped study subjects effortlessly lower their daily calorie intake by 275 with no other lifestyle changes. The payoff: You’ll shed up to 10% of your body weight (including stubborn belly fat!) in six weeks.
An easy way to ward off fatigue that tends to set in during the fall and winter: Season your favorite savory dishes with seaweed flakes instead of table salt. This low-sodium pick provides salty flavor and plenty of thyroid-nourishing iodine, which helps increase energy within 30 minutes. Another plus: It boasts appetite-suppressing soluble fiber to thwart cravings, and it’s terrific on poultry, vegetables, salad or even popcorn. Tip: To preserve its beneficial enzymes, add the flakes after cooking. One to try: Maine Coast Dulse Granules (SeaVeg.com).