Six months after having my first child, I’m still toting 30 extra pounds. I’ve been so busy with the baby and getting back to work that finding time to exercise is practically impossible, but I’d love to start the new year closer to my goal weight. Is there a way to slim down without exercise until my schedule eases up?

Exercise or not, the best way to lose fat is to consume more conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), a nutrient proven to block fat storage. Norwegian researchers learned that women who added 3.4 grams of CLA to their daily diet lost 10 percent or more of their body fat and kept it off for at least two years—without dieting or exercising. They also developed more calorie-hungry lean muscle mass. Grass-fed meats and dairy foods contain CLA, but you’d have to eat 72 servings a day to get just 2 grams, so it’s best to get the study-backed dose in a supplement. (One to try: Uni Key CLA)

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