No matter what anybody tells you, weight loss is seriously hard. If you’re trying to diet right now, you may be wondering why that extra weight just won’t drop off! People have probably said to you that you need to get yourself down the gym, but what if there was another way? Here are some hacks that will help you lose weight without having to kill it on the treadmill.
1. Hang a mirror on your fridge
When it comes to snacking, many of us use the same old technique. You head to the fridge, barely thinking at all, reach in, and grab whatever you can. Before you even know it, you’ve eaten the whole darn thing. Whether it’s a cheeky yogurt, a chocolate bar, or some cheese, this can be a real problem. Eating calorific things without realizing it is a huge mistake and one that most of us make. So, why should you hang a mirror on your fridge? Well, this small thing will make you stop and think before you go for the food. Having something in between you and the fridge means that you have to pause before you eat. That little change can make all the difference when it comes to what you end up eating.
2. Eat off smaller plates
Make no mistakes, eating is as much a visual experience as it is a sensual one. That’s exactly why you can use a small, simple optical illusion to make sure that you end up eating less than usual. Using a smaller plate, dish, or cup, means that you will consume less without having to think too much about it at all. When you use a side plate (rather than a full scale dinner plate), it means that you can easily pile up your food to look like you’re eating a whole load. When you begin eating this meal, you will find that you feel fuller sooner han before. Hence, you won’t need to eat as much as you usually do and you’ll start to drop weight. Genius.
3. Chew your food really well
Do you chew your food well enough? Most of us would say that we do, but is that really the case? According to dietary experts, the rate at which you chew your food and eat it could have a lot to do with how you digest it. The reason is simple. It takes your stomach 20 whole minutes to realize that it’s full and no longer needs food. If you continue eating in that time, you run the risk of overeating and putting on weight. Slowing down just a little may be just what you need.
4. Surround yourself with positive people
You should never underestimate the power of having positive people in our lives. If you have someone telling you how very good you’re looking right now, it’s likely to spur you on to lose even more weight than before. Much of the time, we don’t realize what impact this kind of thing actually has on us. However, there’s been a wealth of research to suggest that a little positive reinforcement is a huge help to dieters across the board. So, what do you need to do? Well, giving yourself a little space from all the moaners in your life will be a start. They are no good for your sense of self-worth. Instead, choose to be friends with people who cheer you on to be the best possible version of yourself. This is also why people who attend meetings with Weight Watchers double their success rate!
5. Drink water before your meals
Often, the feeling of hunger is strikingly similar to the feeling of thirst. Don’t make the mistake of mixing these two sensations up. When people are extremely thirsty, overeating can be a real issue. They just keep eating and eating in the hopes of curing the feeling. It’s nothing short of sheer madness. With that in mind, here’s a handy little hack that may well help you to eat less and still feel incredible. Before you sit down to have a meal (or even a snack of any kind!), you need to drink a glass of water. Doing so will likely mean that you feel less hungry and eat a decent amount without overdoing it.
6. Get more sleep than you do now
Sleep deprivation makes people binge-eat. It really is that simple. If you’re lacking in the sleep department, you’re likely to be reaching for the junk food right away. It’s by no means healthy. In fact, The Examining Room recently reported that people who sleep the least are also likely to be the most overweight. There’s an undeniable connection between how much sleep you get and how much you eat. Be sure to get into a good routine when it comes to sleep. Every night, make an effort to get ready for bed at the very same time. It’s this small, yet significant ritual which will help ease you into a rested state. Whether it’s having a bath at 9 p.m. or changing for bed at 10 p.m., it will make all the difference.
7. Wear stylish clothes
Do you wear sweatpants on your ‘fatty’ days? If you wear baggy clothes when you’re feeling a little out of sorts, it’s time to stop once and for all. Yes, those clothes are super comfortable and loose, but that is not a good thing. Having all that extra space only encourages people to ‘fill it’ by eating more than they should. Instead, wear clothes that you love but that are close-fitting. You will eat a whole load less when you dress this way!
8. Think about the alcohol you drink
Spoiler alert: Alcohol has a whole load of calories. That shouldn’t really come as a major shock and yet many people just don’t know about it. If you happen to love a tipple at the weekend, you need to consider what type of alcohol you drink. Some beverages are worse for you than others, in terms of calories anyhow. For example, if you love red wine or beer, you’re in for some rather bad news. These drinks are packed full of calories. Instead, you should be drinking ‘white alcohol’ such as gin and vodka have little-to-no calories in them. You should also choose low-sugar mixers, such as soda or tonic, rather than cola. The next time you’re ordering a drink at the bar, keep that in mind!
9. Relieve your stress
Are you feeling a little stressed out right now? It shouldn’t come as a major shock that when we’re under pressure, we tend to eat more! That’s why chronic stress has recently been linked to serious weight gain. The long and the short of it is that the more anxious you’re feeling, the more likely you are to reach for junk food or sugary snacks. That’s probably why Americans’ hatred of filing their taxes can even lead to increased weight gain during tax season!
Of course, there are many ways in which you can relieve your stress on a day to day basis. Many people find that meditation and mindfulness help them. You could also try keeping a journal so that you get all your thoughts down on paper. The point is, if you are feeling under pressure, you need to figure out how to manage that.
10. Distract yourself!
While few of us would actually admit is, sometimes, we eat out of nothing more than pure boredom. If you tend to snack between meal times, this little hack is definitely the one for you. The next time you feel as though you fancy a treat, distract yourself instead. You could play an addictive game on your phone, pop something on Netflix, or just read a book. Whatever you choose to do, make sure it’s something that takes all your attention. When you’re busy and occupied, you just won’t have the time to eat and snack on unhealthy food. That means that if you can distract yourself when you’re feeling weak, you may just start to drop those extra pounds in no time at all.