Still concerned about putting on flab? Remember, nixing your cigarette habit will not only help you live longer, but also make you feel better and lighter—you’ve just gotta make it past the first eight weeks. If you’re still not sold, talk to your physician about nicotine replacement therapy. Slowly weaning off the stimulant may help ward off some the initial weight gain, which can make the process of losing those few extra pounds less overwhelming.
DIET-DERAILING TIP #4:
CAFFEINATE TO BOOST
METABOLISM AND LOSE WEIGHT
While it’s true that a bit of caffeine can help rev your metabolism, especially when ingested before exercise, too much of the stuff can have the opposite effect. A research team in Washington found that downing more than five cups of brew a day increased participant’s visceral belly fat by a whopping 50 percent.
Other researchers have found that consuming too much chlorogenic acid—a compound found in coffee—can prevent fat loss and lead to insulin resistance. Not to mention, no caffeine-induced metabolic boost can burn off a poor, fat-laden diet or the excess calories in fancy coffee and energy drinks.