5 Healthy, Effective Diets

Step Diet

So you really want a Krispy Kreme doughnut. The "hot" sign is on in the window and your craving is officially impossible to deny.

On the Step Diet, you could eat that doughnut -- 3/4 of it, anyway. You just have to park in the far corner of the parking lot and maybe do a couple of laps around it when you're finished.

The bottom line: If you cut everything you eat by one quarter and walk 10,000 steps a day, you'll lose weight. It's that simple. And the man telling you that, James Hill, who co-founded the National Weight Control Registry, knows what he's talking about.

The idea is that exercise doesn't have to be as scary as a P90X commercial makes it seem. You don't have to get "extreme" fit or "turbo" or "mega" anything. You just have to add more steps to your day. The only equipment you need is a cheap pedometer.

If you're not much of a walker, there are charts to tell you what activities equal what number of steps. (For instance, an hour of yoga is 3,000 steps, if you're the bendy type.)

And the weight loss facts? A pound or two a week.

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