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iVillage.com: 30 Days, 30 Ways to Drop a Dress Size

Add Protein to Every Meal

“Protein helps curb your appetite, has a direct fat burning and hormone-balancing effect, helps relieve anxiety, and builds and maintains muscle,” Warner says.

One study, published in the "American Journal of Clinical Nutrition" found that when subjects increased their protein intake to 30 percent of their daily diet, they ate 441 calories less a day and reported greater feelings of satiety. Warner recommends eating protein at every meal for sustained energy and curbed hunger. Some of her favorite sources of protein? Lean meats, eggs, nuts, seeds and legumes.

Your daily game plan: Pump up your protein and shave major calories off your dinner (and five pounds this month) by swapping out fettuccine alfredo (900 calories) for Warner’s delish, 279 calorie chicken dish: sauté a 6 ounce chicken breast with 1.5 teaspoons of olive oil, ½ teaspoon of minced garlic and salt and pepper, and serve with one cup of steamed broccoli and three small new potatoes.

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