Weight loss rules come aplenty. Sometimes you no longer can tell what actually works and what doesn’t. What if someone told you that it’s possible for you to slim down even without following any single rule?
If you think that it sounds too good to be true, think again. Below you will find 10 very simple tricks to shedding off excess pounds effortlessly — no dieting or hitting the gym!
Trick #1: Drink a glass of water before the start of any meal.
Water contains no calories and it fills up your stomach. You don’t even have to attempt to stop yourself from overeating as your full stomach will do that for you. Here’s an added tip: drinking ice-cold water helps speed up your metabolism.
Trick #2: Add more food instead of taking away food.
It is a good idea to add healthier food choices to your usual picks and eat them first. By the time you are ready to munch on the rest, you may already feel really satisfied. Master this and you don’t have to go on a diet ever!
Trick #3: Engage in fun physical activities rather than exercise.
The word “exercise” is enough to make you feel that getting in shape is a drag. Luckily, you don’t even have to exercise. All you have to do is play basketball, go snorkeling, take Brando for a walk or learn hip-hop dancing. Fun!
Trick #4: Opt for snacks that are high in protein and fiber.
Foods that are packed with protein and fiber are some of the most filling ones around. You don’t have to eat a lot of them to feel satisfied. Make them readily available to save yourself from snacking on high-calorie chips and the likes.
Trick #5: Stick to proper food portioning by using small plates.
It simply feels more satisfying to see a small plate full of food rather than a big one with the exact amount of food in it. It is also a good idea to use blue stuff at the table because the color is said to make you eat less.
Trick #6: Sharing is good for your figure.
Restaurants these days serve meals in monstrous proportions. If eating out cannot be helped at times, always bring someone with you and share. It’s a good idea to eat with a person who also wants to slim down.
Trick #7: Use your non-dominant hand when eating.
Experts say that it takes 20 minutes for the feeling of satiety originating from the stomach to reach your brain. Use your non-dominant hand when eating to keep yourself from rushing.
Trick #8: Reward yourself with a small piece of dark chocolate.
You’re not going to crave sweets like crazy if you pamper your sweet tooth from time to time. The best way to do this is with a small piece of dark chocolate that’s at least 70% cacao.
Trick #9: Go for a light dinner 2 to 3 hours before bedtime.
Other than making your waistline expand, opting for a heavy meal just before you hit the sack can cause an upset stomach and sleep problems. Also, try to limit your supper to around 25% of your daily caloric needs.
Trick #10: Get 7 to 8 hours of shut-eye every night.
Perhaps the simplest and most effortless trick of all is to get enough sleep nightly. Sleep depravation leaves you feel hungry all the time. Experts also say that lack of sleep causes more fat to collect on the belly area.
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