Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Dumb Weight-Loss Tricks That Work

Dumb Weight-Loss Tricks That Work

When it comes to weight loss, little changes really can add up to big results. Try these weight-loss tricks that might seem a little odd in some cases, but that really work.

Rent a spooky movie. You’re less likely to eat when you’re fearful—but more likely when you’re angry or happy.

Reflect on your choices. Looking at yourself in a mirror while eating may help you consume 22 to 32% less.

Drop and do 10. Before you pry open that tub of ice cream, do 10 sit-ups or push-ups. Doing something physical can put you back in touch with your body—and your goals.

Take a whiff. When you really want those fresh-baked cookies, try this: Indulge in the smell for 30 seconds. Then place a small piece on the tip of your tongue for another 30 seconds. Savoring the smell and taste can help you stop at just one cookie.

Drink, drink, drink. Dehydration can slow your metabolism by 3%. At a weight of 150 pounds, that would be about 45 fewer calories burned a day—which could mean 5 extra pounds a year.

Go for gum. Keeping your mouth busy with chewing sugar-free gum can help prevent mindless munching between meals.

Switch your utensils. Move your fork to your nondominant hand or use chopsticks. You’ll eat more slowly and recognize when you’re full sooner. Or use dessert forks and teaspoons at mealtime. Smaller utensils encourage smaller bites.

Downsize your dishes. Opt for plates that are no more than 10 inches in diameter, which is a little bigger than your hand with fingers outspread.

Pay cash for treats. Anytime someone offers you goodies—and you accept—put $1 aside. Then give the money to your kids or grandkids. When you literally pay for treats, you’re more likely to say “No thanks.”

Trick your taste buds. Sucking on a menthol/eucalyptus cough drop can stop cravings instantly.

Spice up your meals. Adding hot chile pepper (or capsaicin) to food may help you stop eating sooner.

Pour a white cocktail. Like water, low-fat milk’s volume fills your stomach, but it also contains carbohydrates—so you eat less.

Chunk your salad. Chop carrots, celery, sweet potatoes, zucchini, or other veggies instead of shredding or slicing. It takes more effort to munch bigger pieces; you’ll do more chewing and eat less during the main course.

Skinny dip. Having salad? Instead of pouring dressing over the top, keep low-fat dressing on the side. Dip your fork lightly into the dressing before each bite of salad.

Dress for lighter dining out. Wear your snuggest clothes that don’t allow much room for expansion.

Brush and floss your teeth hours before bed. You won’t be as tempted to raid the refrigerator when your teeth are squeaky clean.

Cool your color palate. Red, yellow, and orange stimulate appetite. If weight loss is your goal, consider painting your dining room blue, which suppresses appetite.

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