Despite what marketers and diet sites may tell you, losing weight isn’t easy—if it were, we wouldn’t be sucking in our muffin tops while zipping up our pencil skirts. But you can make weight loss easier with these clever bite-sized strategies to burn more calories and consume fewer of them (without your stomach noticing!). Most align with things you probably already do every week, so all you need to do is pick two each day, and you can lose a pound a week.
Instead of hitting a bar on Friday, schedule a dash-and-drink date with a girlfriend. After burning 222 calories during a half-hour jog, head back to your place or hers and pour yourself a 5-ounce glass of wine. According to a study by the Alcohol Research Group, most bartenders pour 6.2 ounces of red or white, and that little difference saves another 29 calories.