The average woman in India walks six miles a day -- not by slogging on a treadmill, but simply by getting to and from her tasks on foot. The results speak for themselves: While at least 63 percent of Americans are either overweight or obese, “obesity is quite rare in India,” explains Nagi Kumar, Ph.D., director of nutrition at Tampa’s H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute. And, a lot of it is “thanks to this daily exercise.”
Why it Works: Sneak an extra hour of walking into your daily life and you’ll speed your weight loss by 50 percent or more, say University of Chicago researchers. The average North American trying to lose weight sheds roughly one pound per week -- a lot less than the promises of most weight loss plans. By adding an hour of this simple function to your day, you can double your weight loss to two pounds per week.
For an added boost: Try spicing up your diet with some traditional East Indian cuisine. According to researchers at Austin’s University of Texas, their strong, aromatic spices -- which include turmeric, curry, ginger, cardamom and cumin -- stimulate the satiety center of the brain, making it easier to stop eating when your tummy is full.