Get-Skinny Tricks

Fitness and diet tips from real-world weight loss success Jennifer Dearing.

Tweak your physique with these real-world tips from "big loser" Jennifer Dearing who lost over half her body weight.

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Bona-fide boot camp

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For one hour twice a week, Jennifer sweats it out with a trainer at her fitness club who also assists the U.S. Naval Academy’s boxing coach. They run, do calisthenics, strength training, and more. She’s gained four pounds of muscle and dropped a dress size since the summer of 2008.

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Juicy treat

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Jennifer loves precut fruit for a convenient, low-cal sweet snack. Her fave combo: Fresh pineapple with berries.

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Secret weapon

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Jennifer loves Better ’n Peanut Butter, which has half the calories and 85% less fat than regular peanut butter. She puts a tablespoon in her protein shake along with some stevia, and it’s her healthy substitute for ice cream.

04 of 08

Instant portion control

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Every Tuesday, Jennifer cooks up chicken and veggies and stores them in single-serving plastic containers for no-hassle, healthy meals.

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Sweet tooth soother

When she craves something sweet, especially in the afternoon, Jennifer pops a piece of peppermint gum.

06 of 08

Heart-healthy gift

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Jennifer wanted a heart-rate monitor to help her stay motivated. We arranged for her to get a Polar FT60 heart-rate monitor, along with an S1 Foot Pod to measure her speed, pace, and distance accurately from her shoe.

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Workout jams

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Jennifer likes running to heavy metal music because it gets her running harder and faster. She also loves girl rockers like Madonna, Blondie, and Gwen Stefani. “They give me a good ‘woman power’ vibe,” she says, “that helps me stay strong.”

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Celebrate success!

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After Jennifer ( Right) finishes a race, she likes to wear a clean racing T-shirt and her medal—reminders of how proud she is of her accomplishment. “Wearing them keeps my high from the race going all day,” she says.

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