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10 Sneaky Tips To Help You Lose Weight

10 Sneaky Tips To Help You Lose Weight

Many of us would love to lose those few extra pounds. The problem is that restricting what we are eating sounds difficult, and we aren’t sure we’ll be able to stick with it or even want to stick with it.

These tips are sneaky because you don’t have to actually restrict anything! You just add foods or change the way you eat. Pick out one or two that work with your lifestyle and have fun!

1. Eat a handful of raw, soaked nuts and seeds 20 minutes before meals.

  • Twenty minutes is the time it takes for your body to tell your brain that it has received nutrition.
  • Your brain then decides you do not need to eat so much more.
  • Nuts contain protein and good slimming fats.

2. Eat half a Grapefruit before each meal.

  • Remember the trendy 80s diet involving gorging on grapefruit to lose tons of weight? It was highly restrictive.
  • But, you can lose up to a pound a week by eating half a grapefruit before sensible meals!
  • Or eat whatever you usually do and lose 3.6 pounds in 12 weeks. (Research at the Nutrition and Medical Research Centre at Scripps Clinic)

Smelling can be as filling as eating.

3. Smelling food can trick your brain into thinking you’ve eaten.

  • A study found those who inhaled peppermint scent every 2 hours ate 2,700 calories LESS per week than normal.
  • That’s a fat loss of more than half a pound a week!

4. Brush your teeth.

  • When you feel like you want to indulge in something not healthy, try brushing your teeth with mint-flavored toothpaste.
  • You typically won’t feel like eating when there is a minty flavor in their mouth and toothpaste makes most foods taste bad.

Eating and watching TV is a bad combination.

5. Do not eat while watching TV.

  • It increases your calories by 40 percent more than usual.

6. Spice up your food.

  • Adding hot spices to your meals can reduce hunger. (Study in the British Journal of Nutrition)
  • Capsaicin (found in chilies) triggers your brain to release feel-good endorphins.  (Scientists at the State University of New York at Buffalo)


7. Eat with chopsticks.

For some of you, this will be a major way to lose weight because you will not be able to eat your food at all!

  • When eating with chopsticks, more attention is required in picking up food from the plate. The bite size and portions are smaller.
  • It takes more time helping you to slow down and enjoy.
  • May help you realize you’re full sooner and then you’ll wind up eating less!

8. Take 10 minutes to eat a treat.

  • This habit could totally reduce your cravings!
  • Take out one serving of your favorite treat.
  • Allow a minute to smell it, look at it and think about it.
  • Now take one small bite, chewing slowly, focus on the texture and taste, and then swallow.
  • Before the next bite, ask yourself if you really want more.
  • Repeat this sequence with your treat 20 times. This should take about 10 minutes.
  • “Many of our participants …. didn’t enjoy the treat as much as they thought they would, or they were content after just a couple of bites and were better able to stop eating when they were satisfied.” – Lesley Lutes, PhD, at department of psychology at East Carolina University.

Sleep - one of the easiest techniques for weight loss there is!

9. Get enough sleep and rest.

  • People gain weight when not getting enough sleep.
  • Even just a few nights of sleep deprivation can lead to immediate weight gain.  (Research University of Pennsylvania)

10. Focus on Nutrients, Not Calorie Counting

  • Eat lots of whole foods and vegetables and make sure you have healthy meals and snacks with smart carbs, protein, and fat.
  • Filling up with high-nutrient foods will help you feel satisfied and stay full longer.

The Next Step:

If you are serious about addressing long term health or weight problems – it is often necessary to change unbalanced eating and lifestyle habits. Learn when it is best to detox.

This may sound like hard work but if you are exposed to even just one or two days a week of super healthy eating, your body naturally gravitates towards this. If, at the same time, you have mastered the skills needed to plan and prepare balanced meals, healthy eating becomes second nature and no effort is required.

That is what I teach in my one month courses. You get shopping lists, recipes, training and personal support for two days a week. Each week for one month you gain more skills and confidence and well-being.

My next course is focused around detoxing and weight loss and immune-strengthening for the fall and winter. Check out my Free Video Training on this topic.

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3 Easy Weight Loss Recipe Links:

Light Lemon Olive Oil Salad Dressing: easy, fast and light.

Sugar Free Deserts: You don’t have to deprive yourself.

Slimming Salads:  Variety is best.

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Diana Herrington

Diana Herrington turned a debilitating health crisis into a passion for helping others with healthy, sugar-free, gluten-free, eating and cooking. After testing and researching every possible healthy therapy on her delicate system she has developed simple, powerful principles which she shares in her recent book Eating Green and Lean, and as host to Care2 groups: Healthy Living Network and Healthy Cooking. She is the head chef at Real Food for Life, where she shares recipes and tips. Sign up for the Real Food for Life weekly newsletter or catch her on Facebook or Twitter (@DancinginLife).

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1:33PM PST on Mar 4, 2014

These are some awesome tips, thanks for sharing!

9:38AM PST on Feb 26, 2014

I like these tips, in fact they are very infarmative! My belief is that if you want to lose extra pounds or avoid weight gain, you must follow simple rules - drink a lot of water every day, eat healthy organic food and avoid fast-food. Here are good weight loss reviews, by the way.It's impossible to reduce 30 pounds in a week, so it will take some time. Plus, you must do exercises 2-3 times a week and you will be in a perfect form!

11:46PM PST on Dec 10, 2013

A Good article, thanks.

I'll give the chop-sticks a miss though.....

7:11AM PST on Nov 28, 2013

Thank you - I shall be trying some of these!

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