You already know that to lose weight, you have to change your eating habits and lifestyle. But are you aware there are other unusual ways that can help you lose weight too? Here is a compilation of some safe and unusual tips to lose weight that have proven to work.
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- Don’t eat alone
You are more likely to binge-eat when you are alone than when eating out with friends, colleagues, or in a group of people. This is because you become a bit conscious of the types and amount of food you put on your plate when eating with others.
You are also less likely to overeat or choose foods you aren’t familiar with to avoid embarrassing yourself when eating with a group of people.
- Get busy in the bedroom
If having sex is not great already, it also has the benefit of assisting you to lose weight. Like any other physical activity, sex helps burn excess calories. According to studies, men are estimated to burn up to 101 calories, while women burn 69 calories every time they have sex.
Although sex will not burn as much fat as a session in the gym can, it is more pleasant. Furthermore, it leads to the release of the hormone oxytocin that suppresses your appetite, and discourages binge-eating. So, it is time to get busy under the sheets more often.
- Smell vanilla
Smell and taste are very closely related and are other unusual ways to lose weight because you wouldn’t want to eat something that smells bad, would you? On the other hand, something that smells sweetly will increase your appetite to eat it. Studies by the German Research Center for Food Chemistry (GRCFC) found that some food smells make you feel full, thus reducing your cravings.
Doing this may seem silly, but smelling the sweet scent of vanilla throughout the day can help curb cravings for sweet foods. If you are craving dessert, smell a bit of vanilla to soothe your appetite for something sweet. It contains fewer calories and carbohydrates than sugar, hence can be used to reduce sugar uptake.
Some other foods whose smell can help you lose weight include; extra virgin olive oil, garlic, green apples, and bananas.
- Keep your serving dishes away from the table
Keeping your serving dishes away is another good unusual way to help you lose weight. The old saying ‘out of sight, out of mind’ also applies to food. If you can’t see the food, your cravings for it will reduce.
Leave your food on the stove or kitchen counter after serving. This will reduce the urge to serve more, thus helping you control your portion sizes.
Also, when it is in the kitchen, you have to make an effort to get up from the dining table to go for seconds, which is discouraging, unlike when the food is readily available at the table, requiring no effort to serve.
- Choose your dining partners carefully
Even though you aren’t encouraged to eat alone, you have to be careful with who you share your dining table with as this highly affects your eating habits. Research indicates that if you usually dine with an obese person your chances of gaining weight increase.
Have you ever attended a function where there was a buffet and found yourself choosing the same dishes as your friend or the person in front of you? The food portions taken by the people around you can grow on you.
Your sleeping habits also affect your weight. Too little sleep leads to weight gain because it alters the body’s metabolism processes making your body store fat.
Also, while your well-rested brain could say ‘no’ to food cravings, your sleep-deprived one doesn’t have enough energy to control them. You might also feel too tired to do any physical exercise or cook and you might end up ordering takeout for meals, which in most cases is not healthy food. To prevent excess weight gain, ensure you get at least 8 hours of sleep every night.
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- Share your journey with others (Bonus tip)
It might seem like you are putting yourself through unnecessary stress, but telling your friends and others about your weight loss goals can help you stay motivated to lose and maintain your new weight. However, the decision to share your journey should be yours alone.
If you do choose to share your weight loss journey there are plenty of places to do so. You could share on social media platforms, weight loss groups, or weight loss support websites.
Your story could be an inspiration for others, and you will probably also get more unusual tips to help you lose weight as well from them.
Although these unusual techniques might not result in significant weight loss when used individually, they work wonders when one combines two or more of them. They are safe, and most are pocket-friendly. For any successful weight loss plan to work, a lifestyle change is a must. Ensure you are consistent and disciplined when following a particular method to make it your habit.
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