Found this on a weight loss forum and really wanted to re-post it. There is some GOOD advice in here! I’ve mentioned using a smaller plate to “trick” your brain into thinking you are eating more food and it’s listed here as #2!
barry on 04/02/10
Here’s 22 easy weight loss tips…
1 – If you love pie, stick with the fruit pies. Pumpkin and other fruit pies are lower in calories. Pecan pie has about 430 calories while the same slice of pumpkin pie is only 240. You can drop another 100 calories if you don’t eat the crust!
2 – To help downsize your portions, use a smaller plate. Instead of a dinner plate, use a salad plate for your entire meal.
3 – When eating out select soups you can see through. If you can see through them, they’re broths with fewer fat and calories.
4 – Stand up more throughout the day this helps to improve your fat burning hormone “Lipase” work and the average person can burn an extra 60 calories an hour just by standing!
5 – Habits can make you fat or make you thin, gradually undo the bad habits and your waistline will follow.
6 – Why not take your weight loss progress online, either in a forum or start a blog. By writing about weight loss on a daily basis and posting pictures on your progress it can help keep your diet it at the front of your mind, and help motivate others.
7 – Take supplements, if you’re on a diet especially a strict diet you could be missing out on some essential nutrients that may help speed up the weight loss process.
8 – Eat more whole grain foods, this is because it contains bran, germ and endosperm of the wheat which also contains all the nutrients and fiber.The fiber helps to keep the digestive system clear and also removes some fat from your system.
9 – If you’re between meals and hungry, instead of heading to the refrigerator, pull out a pack of peppermint sugar-free chewing gum instead. The refreshing, minty taste of the chewing gum will help to suppress an overactive appetite and hungry thoughts.
10 – Eating protein with a meal helps to fill you up and stop hunger pangs later in the day. Studies show that protein can boost your metabolism temporarily and can suppress your appetite.
11 – Are you low on magnesium? Studies have shown that there seems to be a link between obesity and low magnesium levels in the body, this can cause you to eat more and lack in energy.
12 – Studies have shown that people who sniff peppermint before a meal eat less. The smell of peppermint tricks your brain into thinking it’s full.
13 – Rather than focusing on becoming thin focus on becoming a healthier eater. This can take some of the stress you may have about obsessing about food, and it will stand to you after you lose weight and continue to eat healthy.
14 – Eat slower, by eating too fast you don’t give your stomach time to register with your brain that it’s full, and you overeat. Take your time and taste the food on your tongue rather than just putting it in and swallowing.
15 – If cravings are giving you a hard time losing weight, brush your teeth. This makes any new food taste horrible and its also a signal to your brain that you’ve just eaten.
16 – Cut out clippings from magazines where people in your situation have successfully lost weight. Then put them in a scrap book. When times get tough you can refer to it to help motivate you to keep going.
17 – Eat spicy food, the spicier the food the more calories it takes for your body to digest it.
18 – Cook with non stick pans, by doing this you won’t need to use butter and oil to keep your food from sticking to the bottom of the pan.
19 – Don’t eliminate the foods you love, this will only build them up in your mind making you want them more. Treat yourself but do it in moderation.
20 – Drink ice cold water. German researchers have found dieters can increase their metabolic rate by as much as 30% by drinking 17 ounces of cold water.
21 – If you feel like you’re on your own losing weight. Why not join an online weight loss forum. By using a forum you can get support, weight loss tips and dieting buddies to keep you motivated.
22 – Don’t forget to use a measuring tape for recording your changing size when on a diet. Just because the weighing scales aren’t moving doesn’t mean you’re not losing weight.