Now that the weather is getting nicer, surveys reveal 80% of us are planning to spend more time than ever outdoors. And getting out before it gets too hot is a smart move for weight loss. Research published in the British Journal of Nutrition reveals that going for a walk in the morning before breakfast helps burn 20% more belly fat than walking after the morning meal. That’s because the body burns up energy stored in muscle cells overnight, so when you move before a meal, the body has to switch to burning stored fat for fuel.
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).