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Walking more throughout the day really DOES help you stay trim. Want proof? University of Copenhagen researchers asked volunteers to reduce their steps from an average of 10,000 per day to about a thousand.

The results? The participants’ belly-fat levels increased by 7 percent after just 2 weeks of cutting back. The study authors say that skipping the gym doesn’t cause obesity, being sedentary is the true culprit.

So use a pedometer and aim to walk more throughout the day. Just so you know, 10,000 steps – or roughly five miles – is considered ideal.