If you’re working hard to shed a few extra pounds, you probably know all the basics you should do, like cutting back on sugars and processed foods and exercising regularly. But beyond those, there are lots of sneaky tricks to boost weight loss. And the best part? These are science-backed, so they actually work to help you reach your goals quicker.
- Fidget while you're watching TV - Research shows that when your muscles aren’t moving at all, even just for short periods, your metabolism may be taking a breather. This has led weight-loss experts to advise staying active - even just a little - while relaxing on the sofa. So swing those arms around, keep fidgeting and even when you’re being lazy, you’ll be working toward your goal.
- Watch yourself eat in front of a mirror - According to one study, simply eating in front of a mirror can help you tweak your eating habits for the better. Researchers found people who watched themselves eat unhealthy foods didn’t like what they saw and it pushed them to make positive changes.
- Shop on a full stomach - Making your grocery store run when your stomach is growling is never a good idea. Research has found shopping while hungry can lead people to make more unhealthy food choices and fill their carts with high-calorie foods.
- Dress in athleisure clothing - Been wearing your workout clothes non-stop for the last year? It could be good for your waistline, according to one study. It suggests that wearing athleisure clothing increases physical activity levels in our daily fitness routines, so stay comfy and skip the suit.
- Ditch the white plates - We tend to focus on the portion size of the food we’re dishing up, without thinking much about the surface we’re eating off of, but one study gives us a reason to pay attention to the plate itself. Researchers found that high color contrast between the food and the plate may help you eat less. Participants who used white plates ate 22% more food than those who ate off red plates, so it may be time to rethink your dinnerware.
Source: Eat This, Not That
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