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Want to lose weight? Here are four tricks

People all over the world have fretted for years about how to shed flab. Scientists have now come up with four simple tricks:

world Updated: Jul 11, 2012 23:43 IST

People all over the world have fretted for years about how to shed flab. Scientists have now come up with four simple tricks:

Shed heavy friends
Researchers from Loyola University in Chicago found that students were more likely to gain weight if they had friends who were heavier than they were. However, they were more likely to either slim down, or at least gain weight at a slower pace, if their friends were leaner than they were.

Sleep, simple as that
Sleep behaviour affects body weight control and sleep loss has ramifications not only for how many calories we consume but also for how much energy we burn off, a new study at universities in Germany and Sweden has revealed.

Fake sugars no help
A new statement by the American Heart Association and the American Diabetes Association has claimed that replacing regular sugar with artificial sweeteners won’t always make you thin.

Breastfeeding
Researchers at the Oxford University found that women who breastfed their babies even for a few months after the birth were less likely to be obese 30 years later.