How many times have you started on a new diet, only to be disappointed by the lack of results?
You have probably been bombarded with new diets and new plans, weight loss supplements and tablets, and commercial weight loss programs, all promising to deliver fast and effective weight loss. No more carbs, no more potatoes, no more fat, no dairy, only shakes, only soups, only protein, only fruit, only vegetables… this list can go on… and on. And if you’re confused, I don’t blame you. Would you rather give up on all your stressful dieting efforts instead of wasting your life trying to keep your head above the water? I wouldn’t blame you then, either. Have you ever blamed yourself for ‘blowing it’ because you had one ‘bad’ day? DON’T! Every day is different, and it’s about getting up every time you fall that is more important. For 5 sustainable weight loss strategies that work, keep reading. These have been based on scientific-evidence, not fabricated testimonials.
With these five strange weight loss tips that work, weight loss will no longer be a huge uphill battle
For weight loss that works and lasts. Eat slowly and chew everything well, putting cutlery down between mouthfuls. This will give your brain time to register that you are eating, and when you are physically satisfied, stop eating. Use smaller plates to serve yourself smaller portions to avoid the guilt of having to finish everything on your plate.
2. Confusing hunger with other emotions
such as boredom, anxiety, stress or sadness. A tip that works is having a glass of water before eating and listening to how you are feeling. If it’s not hunger, find another way to deal with the emotion, such as going for a walk, listening to music, reading a book, or calling a friend. Don’t be surprised if your weight starts dropping.
3. Ditch the sugary drinks and drink more water,
and that includes ‘diet’ soft drinks. Would you ever put 8 teaspoons of sugar into your cup of tea? Considering that 1 can of soft drink contains just that, why not add a squeeze of citrus or a dash of cordial to water and drink that instead? Even alternative sweeteners can reinforce the drive to seek sweet flavours which may make it more likely for you to overeat.
Another strange weight loss tip that works?
4. Do not count calories
Instead, focus on nutrient balance. Make sure every main meal (EVERY) contains good-quality carbohydrates, protein, and fat. By giving the body what it needs, you will have better energy and fat loss results, and you will stay fuller for longer. Not sure how to do that? Why not try following a well-balanced meal plan, designed by a registered dietician.
5. Carry a pen
Yes, this is a strange weight loss tip that works! A study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine found that those who kept regular food records lost twice as much weight as those who didn’t, and they found it easier to keep it off. Jot down what you ate, how much you ate, condiments you added (such as sauce, oil), and what you drank (keep the water up and keep the alcohol, energy drinks and soft drinks down).
Hungry for better results? Write down your mood and appetite before eating – keeping track of these feelings can give you an insight into you eating patterns and help you improve your food awareness.