Hungry Girl: My New Calorie-Burning Obsession – Housewalking!

08/03/2015 at 02:55 PM ET

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Lisa Lillien is the author of the popular Hungry Girl website and email newsletter, featuring smart, funny advice on guilt-free eating. She is also the author of ten books, six of which debuted at number one on the New York Times Best Sellers list. Read her PEOPLE.com blog every Monday for slimmed-down celebrity recipes and more.

Let’s face it, sometimes we just don’t feel like exercising. Whether it’s because we have other stuff to do, don’t feel like getting all sweaty, or just don’t have the drive for something strenuous – it happens. (A lot.) Is that a good reason to just sit around and do nothing? Heck no! I’m gonna spill my favorite calorie-burning tip, which is so easy, it would be silly not to do it.

I started Housewalking when I began wearing a Fitbit to track my daily steps. In order to hit my daily 10,000-step mark (the recommended number), I started walking around my house whenever I could to rack up those steps. And I realized I was getting major activity in that way. Now I walk around wherever I am as much as I can (within reason), whether I’m at home or in the office.

Why does it rock? No special requirements (i.e. gym membership, treadmill, warm weather) needed – all you need is yourself! Plus, you can Housewalk even without a house (an apartment, hotel room, or even a balcony will do). And just because you’re walking doesn’t mean you have to be moving forward – walking in place totally works.

To get started, grab any simple pedometer or other step-counting tool — get a cheapie one, download an app for your phone, or use a fitness tracker if you’ve got one. Then … start walking! Waiting for the microwave to ding? Housewalk! Reading a magazine? Housewalk (in place)! Folding laundry? Housewalk! It adds up quickly and beats just sitting around while you do those things. I’ve logged a few thousand steps while chatting with my mom on the phone! (We’re talkers.)

Lace up your shoes and start Housewalking…

‘Til next time… Chew the right thing!

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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms
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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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earth to khloe, most of us do not want a fat butt. that is ghetto ok?

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