- Diet & Weight Loss
Ten strange weight loss tips that work!
10. Eat Spicy food!
If you're a Sriracha buff like so many out there, you're in luck! Many studies have shown that eating spicy food can have major health benefits when it comes to shedding some weight. Spicy dishes all contain capsaicin, which is what produces the heat in your favorite bowl of chili or curry. The University of Maryland recommends 20-120 milligrams of capsaicin a day. Also, research has shown that when people added half a teaspoon of cayenne pepper to their soup, they ate an average of 60 calories less their next meal than those who didn't. So pour it on! Just make sure to compensate for any added sodium with lots of water, as it can cause water retention.
9. Drink Vinegar!
It sounds crazy, but vinegar in weight loss has been used for thousands of years! With amazing health benefits, vinegar has been used by many of our ancestors to treat ailments from acne to upset stomachs. Many studies have shown that taking a shot of apple cider vinegar in the morning not only aids in weight loss, but can cleanse your system which will in turn speed up your metabolism.
8. Drink Apple water!
Soak some apples overnight it a pitcher of water. Not only is it a great way to naturally flavor water, but apples are one of the best weight loss tools around! Apples actually contain a non-digestible material that promote a weight-loss causing bacteria to grow in your stomach. It's also an amazing way to stay hydrated if plain water bores you.
7. Eat watermelon!
Watermelon is an excellent tool to make you feel fuller longer! Besides being an excellent snack during the summer months, just one piece of watermelon can contain five percent of the recommended intake of fiber, which slows digestion and promotes fullness. Bonus? It's also a natural diuretic which can help relieve water-weight and bloating.
6. Sit at the end!
Going out to eat can be a challenge for any person who's known the torture of a diet. Next time you go out for happy hour or dinner with coworkers, sit at the end of the table. The middle of the table is usually where all the bread and shared plates are kept, so keeping your distance will prevent you from overindulging.
5. Get smaller plates!
Studies have been done regarding eating habits and plate size. It turns out that in this study, two groups at an ice-cream buffet were given significantly different sized bowls. The group with the larger bowls served themselves over 30% more ice cream than those with the smaller bowls! So, toss the big dishes and opt for some dainty saucers. (just don't go back for seconds.)
4. Eat wrapped candy!
Everyone has their weaknesses, and if yours is a sweet tooth, this tip is for you. if you're going to overindulge, wrapped candy is the way to do it! People tend to eat up to thirty percent less candy if they have to work for it. So, skip the gummy bears and go for the Jolly Ranchers if you're going to munch on something while binge-watching OITNB this season.
3. Sleep in a cold room!
If you're like me, nothing is better than cranking the AC up and snuggling under a warm blanket. Did you know this actually has health benefits when it comes to weight loss? Keeping your room cold at night forces your body to work extra hard to keep you warm, which in turn speeds up your metabolism.
2. Skip the Juice!
Nowadays, it has become so fashionable to juice-up. Though it is a great way to catch up on missed nutrients, many people overlook the amount of calories that can be found in just one glass of juice or a smoothie. Some famous smoothie chains carry drinks with as much as 800 calories in them! Make sure to check the nutritional content, and not assume that it's good for you just because it's fruits and veggies! A quick way to cut down concentrated juices you might drink at home is to cut them half and half with water.
1. Eat a big breakfast!
Breakfast like a queen, lunch like a princess, and dinner like a pauper. The key to weight loss may not be so much in what you eat, but how and when you eat it. The largest gap between meals for most people is from dinner the night before to breakfast the next morning. Breakfast is where your body gets it's energy for the day, so it would make sense that you could eat to your hearts content as that's the meal that would get burned off first! Dinner should be small with little to no carbohydrates, as you will be burning off much fewer calories during the night than you are during the day. Also, eating breakfast will speed your metabolism and lower the risk of snacking or binge-eating throughout the day.