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35. Turn off the tube.

Turn off the television an hour earlier one day this week. You're not going to get a much more sedentary, low-calorie-burning activity than limply sitting in front of the TV. A 150-pound couch potato will use up less than 1.5 calories a minute sitting. (Although if you were sitting watching the NBA playoffs, your TV viewing may become a little more antsy and calorie-burning.) Any other activity that you can substitute for sitting would likely be a better bet. But here's the real bonus: With the TV off an hour sooner, that's one less hour of network noshing that you would be tempted to do. Now, that could save you a bundle of calories.


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All tips written by Joan Salge Blake, M.S., R.D.

--Updated August 2003


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