Do you know that you can cut upto 500 calories from your daily diet without even realizing it? You won’t feel deprived, but you’d still lose weight, almost a pound per week. Here is how to stick to the strategy and drop pounds with little effort.
Eat with your non-dominant hand.
Research says that environmental cues govern our appetite as much as our hunger. In a study, people, when asked to switch hands when eating, tend to eat lesser when eating with non-dominant hands. The reason was that their usual eating pattern was disrupted, and thus, they cultivated mindfulness with their meals.
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Hit the mat
Stress changes how our body metabolizes food and hence makes us fat. Being stressed, we tend to burn around 15 calories less per hour. Hence even a 10 minute de-stress yoga routine may help you lose up to 10 pounds a year without realizing it.
Pop a prune
Overweight participants in a study by the University of Liverpool shed an average of 4.4 pounds in 12 weeks when they were fed 5 ounces of prunes daily. The high fiber content in prunes helped them remain full for a long.
Snack in the afternoon instead of the morning
With the interval between breakfast and lunch being much less than lunch and dinner, a mid-afternoon snack makes way more sense than a mid-morning snack. Hence, skipping on mid-morning snacks can actually help cut down calories.
Ignore the words low fat
Though attractive on grocery store shelves, low-fat labeled items are consumed 50% more than the normal ones due to the belief that we’re eating low fat. Hence, either ignore the low-fat version or ensure that you stick to the portion size.
Dine with men (Preferably young, handsome ones)
If you’re a woman, a study says that you are likely to consume 100 fewer calories when dining with guy friends, as you’d be more self-conscious. On the contrary, you’re likely to eat mindlessly with your girlfriends.
Sniff an apple or a banana
While the scent of most desserts and bread makes your mouth water, some food scents help suppress appetite. Sniff green apples or bananas, and unless you are starving, you’ll be likely to feel full. These scents make you believe as you’ve already eaten.
Exercise in the morning
You’re likely to be more physically active throughout the day and eat less if you work out in the morning.
Pump up the protein
Protein takes longer to digest, and hence to eat less, try adding a bit of protein with every meal. Also, to digest protein, your metabolism tends to rise by approximately 20%.
You’d burn more calories at colder temperatures than warmer ones. Any temperature lower than your body’s average temperature will make your body burn calories to maintain temperature. Chilled water can have the same impact.
People tend to eat more when in their comfort zone or messy places. A messy kitchen may make you eat approximately 60 more calories in each meal than a clean one.
Turn down the volume.
When you hear yourself chew, you’re likely to eat less. Try avoiding television or other sources of entertainment while eating to cut out the calories.