We’re pretty sure you’ve heard it all before: consume fewer calories than you burn, drink 8 glasses of water a day, eat five to six small meals a day. If you’ve tried these methods but feel that they haven’t been very effective, fret not – because we’ve discovered some unusual ways that might sound weird, but are totally legit. So if you wish to accelerate the weight loss process, then why not incorporate the following methods into everyday life?
Today, Evolve Daily shares 5 Unorthodox Ways To Lose Weight That Actually Work:
1) Take pictures of all your meals
We’re not talking about those fancy Instagram-worthy kind of pictures, but if that’s up your alley, then you can create an account and log your meals in that manner! However, simply snapping a picture of whatever you’re eating and keeping a photo diary of your meals (including snacks) actually helps you to be more aware of the kind of food you’re putting in your body. Sometimes, when you take a photo of your favorite sweets or potato chips, you might think twice before indulging.
Research has shown that keeping a visual diary of your meals can encourage you to make healthy adjustments to your diet. And taking the photos doesn’t even take as much time as writing down what you’re eating.
2) Surround yourself with the color blue
This one might sound really weird, but before you write it off, hear us out. Research suggests that the color blue is an appetite suppressant as it isn’t associated with cravings in the brain. Well, if you think about it, the only natural blue foods are blueberries (we’re not including artificially colored frostings!)
It has also been found that study subjects ate about 30% more food when they ate off plates that were the same color as their food. So why not change the colors of your plates if their colors are similar to your food. Or better yet, just use blue plates, or maybe invest in blue tablecloths.
3) Sniff some vanilla
If you have a sweet tooth and constantly feel the need to have dessert after dinner, then perhaps it’s time to invest in some vanilla scented candles or air freshener. This is because the sweet scent of vanilla calms the area of your brain where cravings live. As a result, you will be less tempted to reach out for that tub of ice cream or slice of cake.
4) Dim the lights and tone down the tunes
How relaxed do you feel whenever you sit down to have a meal? If you’re at home or have control over the lighting and/or music (if any), then make it a point to dim the lights and soften the tunes! By doing so, you will create a relaxed environment for yourself and as a result, be able to enjoy your meal and eat at a more relaxed pace.
It has been reported that study subjects ate less and were more satisfied with their meal at a fast food restaurant when the place was transformed – with milder lighting and music.
5) Stop using your phone or watching TV when eating
Most of us are guilty of being distracted by some form of technology when we’re having a meal. Whether it’s watching your favorite TV show or doing some work on your laptop, there’s always something else that’s fighting with food for your attention. After all, we lead such busy lives, so why not multi-task whenever we can, right? Nope. Not if you want to lose weight. This is because being distracted while eating increases your chances of overeating as you aren’t aware of the amount of food you’re consuming!
So make it a point to practice mindful eating, and let your mealtimes be a break from technology, or whatever it is that’s occupying your time. By doing so, you will be able to control your portions and also prevent yourself from mindlessly binging on snacks.
So tell us, which of these methods are you going to try?