“The toughest part of a diet isn’t watching what you eat. It’s watching what other people eat”. The truth of these words is echoed by the 95% diet failures who regain their lost weight within 5 years. There are so many contradicting ideas when it comes to diets. From drinking smoothies as supplements to removing all sugar from diets it is difficult to believe what works anymore. There are some interesting ways you can lower your calorie intake without embarking on any diet. Here a few tricks.
1Have a romantic dinner
Although facts show that both men and women eat less when on a date, having a romantic dinner doesn’t always mean being on a date. According to a survey conducted on restaurants that let their guests dine by candlelight, about 175 less calories were consumed compared with normally lit restaurants. The reason is having a relaxed environment promotes eating slower which means you feel satisfied faster.
Interestingly, even colors can influence how we feel about eating. Bright colors such as yellow, orange and red promote eating whereas the color blue discourages it. This is why most of the famous fast food restaurants have bright themed colors. So instead of going on a diet, get yourself blue tablecloth, table napkins, plates and just surround yourself with this color when eating.
Although this cannot guarantee weight loss, it’s a fun way of fooling your mind into eating less. Piling food on a smaller plate makes you feel like you’ve eating a lot already. In time, you will get used to eating smaller portions and may be able to greatly reduce your calorie intake.
4Give it some spice
Although you may think that spices increase your appetite, the truth is the right spices can actually help stabilize your blood sugar, prevent the formation of fat cells, and suppress appetite. The top five spices known to help reduce weight are: black pepper, cayenne, cinnamon, ginger and mustard seed.
5Keep things out of reach
The more difficult it is for you to grab an unhealthy snack, the less likely you are to do it. It’s a simple psychological trick that works wonders. Store all the ‘bad stuff’ on your highest shelves. If your weakness is for candies, buy those that have wrappers that are hard to open.
Instead of convincing your mind to cut down on your favorite foods, simply trick it with these proven diet hacks. Once you get used to eating less, you will be more likely to have the discipline for a more rigid diet in the future.
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