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Women's Heart Health

19 Weight-Loss Secrets From Around the World

Nutritionists and Reader's Digest editors divulge the top diet tricks of the French, Brazilians, and more.
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Netherlands

Swap the gas pedal for the bike pedal

Bikes (18 million) outnumber people (16.5 million) in the Netherlands. But unlike Americans—most of whose two-wheelers languish in basements and garages—54% of Dutch bike owners use them for daily activities, such as shopping and traveling to work.

The average Dutchman pedals 541 miles per year. Traffic lights in parts of Amsterdam are even synchronized to bike speed. Try using your bike to commute one day or just for errands close to home. If you're of average size and pedaling at a moderate pace, you can burn around 550 calories per hour.

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