Weight loss is often difficult, and most people will fail. It is a long term commitment that requires making sacrifices in order to reach your goals. There are some simple things you can do that will make weight loss easier.
KSL reported that sleep is the difference between weight loss and weight gain. Eric Lindley, an interventional cardiologist at McKay-Dee Hospital, said that lack of sleep contributes to obesity.
“… people who don’t get enough sleep or the right kind of sleep — good, deep, restorative sleep — have a higher risk of being obese. We know that weight loss and weight gain is really intricately tied into both sleep and exercise.”
According to ABC News, there were actually some simple tricks dieters could use that, although they seemed weird, could make it much easier to lose weight. One trick included adding soup to your meal. Slurping soup before a meal actually helped dieters to lose weight. In an often-cited study from 2007 published in Appetite, dieters slashed their overall calories from lunch by 20 percent when they added soup.
Other weight loss tips included thinking yourself slim by visualizing your last meal. When scientists at the University of Birmingham asked dieters to remember their last meal, those who were able to vividly recall what they ate were less likely to eat additional snacks later in the day. Color coordinating meals, smelling your food before you eat it, and using visual portion trackers rounded out the list of tips that could make it easier for you to lose weight.
As previously reported in Inquisitr, one of the simplest tricks to weight loss is to drink 16 ounces of water 30 minutes before meals. Participants in the study drank the water three times a day before meals and lost around 9.84 pounds each, compared to those in the study who were asked to visualize feeling full.
Heather Mangieri, RD, CSSD, spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, said in Yahoo Health that setting smaller more manageable goals made it easier to achieve goal weight.
“The most important thing is to set goals that are achievable. That means instead of gunning for a big, scary ‘goal weight’ that seems so far in the future you can barely imagine it, set tinier targets instead. ‘Thinking about your final goal can be so overwhelming you go on shut-down,’ Mangieri says. ‘It’s all about setting small goals, and figuring out what you want to do to get there.’ “
Other tips included thinking short term, creating a weight loss strategy, and adding fitness to the mix. Although exercise doesn’t help you achieve your weight goals, it can keep you motivated.
What simple weight loss tips do you have that have helped you to lose weight?
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