8 Secret Weight Loss Tricks That Save You Money

There’s a weird inverse relationship between our wallets and our bellies. The smaller one gets, the larger the other seems to grow. When we’re low on cash, we gravitate to cheaper food. And the cheapest food is also the most heavily-processed—chips, cookies, crackers. A Duke University study that looked at 17,000 of its employees found that for every one-unit uptick in body mass index (BMI), a person’s medical costs increased by 4 percent and his drug costs by 2 percent. Their heaviest employees spent an extra $8,000 a year!

Trick #1: Drink Green Tea

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Estimated Cost: 11 cents

The more belly fat we have, the harder it is to control our appetite, according to a new study from the University of Florida. To fight back: Attack belly fat with green tea, at just 11 cents a cup. In one study, participants who drank 4-5 cups of green tea each day for 12 weeks lost an average of two more pounds than those who did not. Researchers say the unique catechins found in green tea trigger the release of fat from fat cells (particularly in the belly), and then speed up the liver’s capacity for turning that fat into energy.

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