A couple days ago, I had someone who read my blog say, “I feel you are missing so many methods to help a person lose weight. What about all the weight loss tips you read in magazine articles. When are you going to post those?”
The problem is, most of the time, I have seen the same flipping tips in the health and fitness magazines for literally years. Almost every month I’d eagerly open up a magazine after reading on the cover, “5 Weight Loss Tricks That Really Work” And guess what? They didn’t do a thing for me. In fact, I think I saw most of the “tricks” in the same health magazine just a couple issues ago!
So no, you won’t see the usual strategies in my posts unless they leave a lasting impression on me. However, today is an exception. Below you’ll find tips that I continue to see in weight loss articles, but continue not to work…
1) DRINK WINE
A study from Brigham and Woman’s Hospital in Boston found that people who drank a glass or two of wine ate fewer calories than nondrinkers.
Ok folks, I don’t know about you, but get a couple glasses of wine in me, and I can motorboat a pizza faster than the speed of light. Alcohol sets off the hypothalamus, a part of the brain that is responsible for regulating hunger, among other things. When that bad boy gets fired up, it leads you to believe you’re hungrier than you probably really are.
I’m not saying you shouldn’t drink at all, but know your limits so you hypothalamus doesn’t get the best of you.
2) EAT OFF RED PLATES
When I was single and living in Denver, I read that eating off red plates will help you consume less food (I’ve also read that blue plates will do the same thing). Some say we associate the color red with “No, don’t” (think stop signs, wrong way signs, etc.). To test this theory out, I went and bought disposable red plates and used them over the next several evenings. Lo and behold, I still wanted every last crumb of tasty goodness on my plate…every time. Mind trickery is all it is and I was on to it.
3) EAT SPICY FOOD
When you chow down on spicy foods, you temporarily raise your metabolism, but it only lasts for a couple hours.
After that, it goes back down to the level it did before you ate the hot stuff.
If you were to try to lose weight eating spicy grub, you’d have to consume it everyday at every meal to keep you metabolism elevated. And then, your poor butt hole would be so sore from pooping fire that I don’t think it’d be worth it.
4) SLEEP IN A COLD ROOM
Snoozing in a cold room can up your levels of brown fat, which is considered “good fat,” and burns calories to help keep you warm. This could possibly rev up your metabolism.
Well let me tell you a little story. I lived in Dayton, Ohio many moons ago. I was a poor dancer living in a house built in 1883 that had been rehabbed into apartments. Apparently, my apartment was the former enclosed porch so it had zero insulation. I kept my place at 59 degrees, my gas bill was over $170 a month and I was constantly FREEZING! If this worked well enough to cause weight loss, I would’ve been freakishly thin.
5) DIM THE LIGHTS
Studies have shown that dimming the lights makes you eat less on your plate. It only makes it harder for me to find my food. Ohhh, but I manage just fine…just…fine.
6) EAT ON SMALLER PLATES
Consuming food on smaller plates is supposed to trick your brain into thinking you’re eating larger servings, therefore, filling you up on less. Here’s the scoop. When you put 8 ounces (1 cup) of cereal in a regular sized bowl, it looks as though there’s a whole heck of a lot more than if you were to place the same amount in a much bigger mixing bowl.
With that being said, I’m pretty big into measuring my food portions, so it doesn’t matter if I put the cereal in a bath tub, I know how much I’m supposed to have. But as I was saying in the second tip, it all comes down to playing tricks on your brain. If you’re watching what you’re eating, you know that your plate shouldn’t have 2 lbs. of pasta loaded on it.
*This tip would be more useful for someone who is horrible at eye balling what a reasonable portion looks like and hates measuring out their food.
7) EATING CHOCOLATE IS LINKED TO LESS BELLY FAT
I am telling you right now, I’ve been conducting this experiment my entire adult life, and not once have I seen any results.
8) BRUSH YOUR TEETH AFTER A MEAL
Brushing those pearly whites after a meal is supposed to tell your brain that the meal is over. If you take another bite afterwards, you’ll see that the minty flavor causes the food to not taste as good, and it will keep you from going back for more. Well, I’ve been there, tried that, and the minty flavor goes away after the second bite…
9) TURN OFF THE LIGHTS IN THE KITCHEN
When you switch the lights off after dinner, it signals that the kitchen is “closed” for the night. Um, I know where the refrigerator is in the dark! I could get there with my eyes closed, walking backwards, you name it. Or…OR, I could just turn the light back on. Ah, yet another mind game for the noggin.
10) DRINK A GLASS OF WATER BEFORE YOUR MEAL
Experts say that guzzling down a glass of the ole Adam’s ale before feasting is supposed to fill you up quicker, thus causing you to eat less. This doesn’t fool me. Five minutes later, I’m just as hungry as I was before, only now I have to burp.
11) LAUGHTER CAN GIVE YOU ABS OF STEEL
Anyone who knows me, knows I laugh a lot. So if this had any truth to it, I would have abs like one of the dudes out of the movie 300.
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