You might try setting your wake-up alarm earlier and exercising before breakfast. There is some evidence that working out on a completely empty stomach prompts the body to burn more fat, compared to exercising at other times. In a 2010 study, researchers persuaded healthy men to change their diet for six weeks to contain 30 percent more calories and 50 percent more fat than the men had been eating. Some of the volunteers remained sedentary. Others began an exercise routine after they had breakfast. The third group followed the same workout routine, but before they had eaten anything. At the end of the six weeks, the sedentary group predictably gained about six pounds each. The men who exercised after breakfast had also packed on pounds, about three pounds each. But the men who had exercised first thing in the morning, before eating anything, had gained almost no weight! Their bodies were also burning more fat throughout the day than were the other men. Of course, the early-morning exercise prevented weight gain, which is not the same thing as weight loss. But the results are encouraging for those who hope to shave off a few pounds!