Little Tricks That Melt Away Those Extra Kilos
The small changes in diet may seem insignificant, but they give the best results. These unusual kitchen tricks can get you to the desired weight.
-Eat from a blue plate: You might have noticed that many fast food restaurants use mostly red, yellow and orange colours. This of course isn’t without a reason. These colours stimulate appetite and make you eat more than is necessary. However the colour blue has the opposite effect and reduces appetite.
-Eggs for breakfast: A study from 2008 claims that if you replace morning pastry with eggs you can lose up to 65% more weight. Respondents who ate eggs for breakfast lost more weight, a higher proportion of fat and more inches in the waist than respondents who ate the same amount of calories in the form of pastries. Scientists believe that the percentage of protein in eggs is the reason for this, so respondents who ate eggs were full for a longer period of time.
-Relax: Excessive stress slows down the loss of weight. The stress hormone – cortisol “sticks” to fat and doesn’t allow fat to melt. To reduce the level of cortisol, try to relax. The fastest way to do this is to “turn off” and breathe deeply for 10 minutes.
-Enjoy the taste: People who are on a diet often limit themselves to a few meals that get quickly get boring and then they start to eat more to feel full. Rather than concentrating on quantity, concentrate on the quality of the diet. The first few bites always have an intensive taste. As long as you concentrate on the taste that will help you eat less. Eat four bites, take a break and then switch to another type of food.
-Go for a walk immediately after a meal: Walking is a great way to regulate weight, especially if you take a walk right after eating a meal. A study from Japan showed that respondents that went on 30 minute walks after eating, lost more weight that those who waited an hour after their meal to take a walk.
-Eat sour: Lemon, sugar, sour fruit, vinegar…all of these products slow down the digestion of starch and the emptying of the stomach. As long as you consume them, you will remain full for a longer period leading to a lower calorie intake.
-Don’t forget Omega-3: Fats that are found in fish, flax and avocado are better than any energy drinks, and can also help you lose weight because they keep you feeling full.