Deceptively simple tricks to knock off the pounds .
Sweating it out in the gym and watching what you eat are surefire ways of losing inches but new studies show that little quirky and fun tricks can also melt the pounds. Read on to hone your weight loss smarts.
Brown bag your lunch
A new study by the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center published in Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics says that ladies who lunch (read eat out) even once a week tend to be five kilos heavier than those who don’t. Nibbling mindlessly while eating out was a biggie; conversely carrying a packed lunch to work kept bingeing at bay. Also, keeping a food journal helps keep weight off, the study noted. Writing down everything you eat can help you knock off three kilos more than those who don’t, the study added.
Go on eat some chocolate
A University of California study tracked 1,000 people and uncovered a delicious truth: those who ate chocolate regularly were slimmer than those who just ate it occasionally. While chocolate itself won’t melt the rolls, it does create a sense of satiety and wellbeing that keeps you from seeking out fried, high fat snacks. Besides, chocolate has heart friendly antioxidants and flavonols. Even better news, white and milk chocolate are as beneficial as the dark variety.
Have a bowl of popcorn
Feeling peckish? Make some kettle popcorn. Throw in a handful of kernels and a drizzle of hot oil in a heavy bottomed pan set on a flame. Lid it and voila! In five minutes you’ll have a bowlful of hot fresh popcorn. Six cups have just 100 calories. What’s more, a University of Scranton study notes that popcorn has as many immune-boosting antioxidants as fruits and vegetables. Stay away from microwave and movie versions because they’re very calorific.
Cheers to wine
A 13 year-long study shows that that women who drank a glass (or two) of red wine daily were 30 percent less likely to be overweight than non-drinkers. Researchers tracked 20,000 normal-weight women to come up with this evidence. What’s more, red wine is antioxidant rich and helps reduce cholesterol and blood pressure. Cheers to that!
Sniff your food
Just like your pet dog would. A study in the journal Flavour uncovered that strong aromas made people take smaller bites. Conversely, people tend to eat more if the food is bland. This has probably to do with sensory stimulus playing a role in satiety.
Hold a cold water bottle when you exercise
A Stanford University study found that keeping your hands cool while working out helps melt fat faster. Researchers tracked women for three months and found that the ones who kept their palms chilly worked out quicker and longer and burnt fat faster. Staying cool can slow down the rate internal body temperature rises so you can stay cool while working up a sweat. The palms contain many nerves that circulate blood so keeping them cool can keep you from getting overheated.
Give the gym a break
Taking a couple of days off every week from your gym routine can shock your system into losing weight faster. Besides, you’ll be rested and raring to go when you hit the treadmill again.
Eat one toast less
Researchers at the National Institutes of Health reveal that shaving just ten calories (equal to one slim slice of apple) every day can help you lose half a kilo every year. To lose five kilos just cut 100 calories from your diet daily, the equivalent of one buttered toast! Stick with it for a couple of years and you’ll be shopping for clothes a size smaller.
Get a gym buddy
A Brown University study notes that working out with friends is more effective than going it alone. A gym buddy can give you the necessary motivation to boost flagging energy and interest levels. If you’re a natural leader, you’ll be an even bigger winner. The study says the person who organizes gym sessions is more likely to lose the most in the group
Eat mithai for breakfast
Researchers at Tel Aviv University found that eating dessert as part of a 600-calorie breakfast that includes proteins and carbs can help you lose weight. Crave a sugary donut or chocolate? Have it with breakfast. The study, conducted over 32 weeks showed that dessert at breakfast eaters lost an average of 20 kilos more than those who stayed away from sweets.