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Weight Loss Tips That Actually Work

by Men's Healthy List Staff
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Losing weight can be one of the hardest things that you ever do. When it comes to weight loss, there are a thousand tips out there, but how do you know if they actually work? Here are some weight loss tips that will actually work for you.

Quit having seconds

It takes your body almost twenty minutes to register that it is full. If you are able to wait out your second helping cravings, you will probably realize that you were not all that hungry in the first place.

Cut your food up

You should take the time to cut your food into small pieces. No matter what you are eating, you should be taking the time to cut up your food. It will be easier for your body to digest food that is cut up rather than large chewed up chunks.

Brush after eating

This can help you to lose weight because when your mouth tastes like toothpaste, you are less likely to snack mindlessly after a meal. Think about it, usually you don’t brush your teeth until after you eat in the mornings. This is because you don’t want to brush then eat, but also, you are less likely to eat if your mouth is minty fresh.

Plan ahead

Whenever you travel, plan your meals ahead. It can be hard to eat healthy when you are on the go. If you take the time to plan out some meals before you go on any trip it can help you to stay on track and create weight loss.

man slowly consuming his sandwichPay attention to your bites

If you are keeping track of how many bites you take a day, it may lead to your realizing how much you eat mindlessly. This trick will help you to realize you are either eating the right amount or eating way too much. It can also help you to eat smaller portions. It can be like a game to try to take fewer bites daily, as this will lead to portion control and a healthy amount of food being eaten daily.

Start using chopsticks

Chopsticks force you to slow down when you are eating. This can help your stomach fill up and give it a chance to tell your brain when it is full. The slower you eat, the less likely you are to overeat. Try to use chopsticks with big meals, especially noodle based meals as you will be less likely to eat the whole thing.

Quit eating at fast food restaurants

Other than fast food restaurants, also try to stay away from any places that serve less than healthy foods. You should be looking for places with the healthiest menu items. If you are unable to go to good restaurants all the time, look for the healthiest meal wherever you are at. This will help you to get into the routine of eating healthy and it will lead to weight loss.

Sit at the head of the table

When it comes to family style dinners, try to eat at the head of the table. The middle of the table is where you will be able to grab all of the food. It will be right there in front of you and will be very tempting. If you are sitting at the end, you will be further away from the food, and you will be able to stay on your diet plan.

Infused water is a must

Infused water can help you to kick your pop or other sugary drink habits. Since it is something more than just water, it is a good start to kicking your sugary drink fix. You can infuse water with many things. These things include cucumber, lemons, basil, strawberries and mint.

Stop drinking diet soda

Soda is still soda, even if it is diet. You need to stop drinking pop altogether if you want to lose weight. Diet soda has fewer calories than its regular counterpart, but it can still lead to you eating other junk foods. There is no solid science behind this but studies have suggested that people who drink diet soda are more likely to give into their junk food cravings while on a diet.

Eat good snacks

You should be eating healthy snacks throughout the day. These snacks should include fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds. By having these as a snack instead of something that is high in sodium, like pretzels, you will have an easier time losing weight. Your snack should reflect your diet plan.

Make it spicy

green and red chili peppersSpicy foods can help you to lose weight. It is scientifically proven that spicy foods can help with weight loss. The higher your body temperature is, the more likely it is that your metabolism will kick into high gear. This makes sense, as your metabolism increases when your workout, and this is when your body temperatures hit their highest. Spicy foods also help to warm up your inside causing your gut to work more efficiently. Spicy foods are good for weight loss ad for your gut health.

Get the junk out of your house

Keep junk food out of the house and you will be less tempted to eat it. It is one of those “out of sight, out of mind” theories. If you do not have junk food immediately available, you will be forced to find something else to eat, and if all there is, is healthy alternatives, then you can lose weight easier.

Think about your order beforehand

One way to help lose weight, especially if you tend to eat out, is to think about your meal beforehand. If you think about what you want beforehand, you are more likely to look for that immediately instead of looking through all of your options. You will be more likely to pick the healthy meal that you have in your head instead of being tempted by something that may not be great for you.

Talk to your doctor before making any changes to your diet.

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