Losing weight is never easy. And the way many traditionally go about doing so is through dieting and exercising. Of course, a great many of us simply lack the will-power or discipline to follow through with such a regiment. Lucky for us, however, there are ways to shed unwanted pounds, but without any of the strict meal plans or huffing and puffing associated with vigorous exercise. Here are just a few simple ways to help you reach your ideal size.
Use Small Plates
The brain, not the stomach decides when you need to eat. So a good way to cut down on the amount you eat is to trick your brain into thinking you have already consumed enough. This can be easily done just by serving meals on a smaller plate. Halving plate-size meals can reduce the amount of food you need to eat to feel full – by nearly 30% — according to studies.
Choose the Right Foods
You can still pile the food onto your plate, but just make sure it’s the right kind. Fill your plate with vegetables and proteins rather than carbs like potatoes. If you do crave carbs switch to whole wheat types of pasta, bread, and oats. Moderation and smart choices are the keys here.
Eating slowly is another way to fool your brain into thinking you have had enough food. By going slow, your brain is given time to register and process your consumption. This, in turn, will make you feel full without eating as much. Studies have shown fast eaters gain weight compared to methodical chewers.
Use Coconut Oil
Coconut oil is one your best allies in the fight against flab. Packed with fats called medium chain Triglycerides, coconut oil not only reduces your appetite but also increases fat burning. Medium chain fats are metabolized differently from other fats and people who eat them consume fewer calories in total. So replace your cooking oil with the coconut variety.
Often when we feel hungry, we are actually just thirsty. Keeping properly hydrated throughout the day is a good way to keep your appetite in check. Better yet, drinking a glass of water 30 minutes before a meal will help reduce the amount of food you want to eat. However, stay away from sugar-loaded sodas. A glass of water with a slice of lemon will do.
A regular and healthy sleep pattern can equal weight loss.
During sleep the body resets itself, and this has a significant impact on appetite as well as stress levels. A disturbed sleep messes up your hormones and leads to weight gain. On the other hand, a good 7-8 hours restful sleep enables your body to process foods properly.
Clear out the Cookies
If everywhere you look in your home you see tasty treats; chances are you will indulge. So one of the best ways to cut down on your food intake is to get rid of all your fattening junk foods. Replace your stashes of cookies and crisps with healthy snacks like energy bars ready for when you are bored or hungry.