25 Surprising Ways to Lose Weight

Written by on June 22, 2015 in Diet, Weight Loss, Obesity, Health with 0 Comments

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We asked doctors, dietitians, and other experts to share their favorite diet tricks.

Easy, everyday tips

The greatest weight-loss strategies are the ones you can cherry-pick to fit your body and life. So go ahead and take your pick!

This list of little tricks to help you peel off the pounds was created with the help of registered dietitians, MDs, psychologists, trainers, and women who’ve been there, done that. Some of them might surprise you (chopsticks?), but these made the cut because they work.

Serve from the stove

“Leave serving dishes on the stove instead of at the dining table and you’ll eat nearly 10 percent less. [And] pack snacks into single-serving bags. Eating out of a large container ups consumption by 61 percent.”

Brian Wansink, PhD, director of the Food and Brand Lab at Cornell University


Sweeten up your morning

Embrace “breakfast dessert.” In a 2012 study, researchers at Tel Aviv University Medical Center found that dieters who ate a large breakfast that included a sweet treat lost 37 pounds more over eight months than those on an equal-calorie diet with a smaller, low-carb breakfast.

Aim for a size

“Buy an outfit in your healthiest size and hang it on your bedroom door as a reminder of your goal.”

Charles D’Angelo, author of Think and Grow Thin

Skip the ads

Fast-forward through commercials on your DVR. A University of California study found that images of high-cal foods stimulate the brain’s appetite control center, triggering hunger.

Feed your family

“If you live with people who like to indulge, buy treats for them that you don’t like yourself.”

Jamie Goldberg, 51, interior designer in Bonita, California, who lost 97 pounds

Flex

Clench your fists when you have a food craving. A series of studies published in the Journal of Consumer Research in 2011 found that people were better able to control their impulses when they tightened a muscle for at least 30 seconds.

Go for cold turkey

“After a sweet treat, eat half a slice of deli turkey to keep you from wanting more.”

Jennifer McDaniel, RD, spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

Reframe your goals

“Change your goal from ‘lose 20 pounds’ to ‘lose 1 pound 20 times,’ and give yourself credit for each one.”

Anne Parker, Miraval Arizona Resort and Spa

Mix it up (sometimes)

“Variety stokes your appetite. Limit the variety of treats you buy so you’ll eat less of them; and do the opposite with vegetables so you’ll eat more of them.”

Jennifer McDaniel, RD, spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

Downsize your plate

“Eat what your family eats, but put your serving on a kid-size plate.”

Angie Vinez, 33, stay-at-home mom who lost 40 pounds

Soup it up

Have a bowl of vegetable soup before lunch; you’ll eat 20 percent fewer calories at the meal, suggests research by Barbara Rolls, PhD, a professor of nutritional sciences at Pennsylvania State University.

Don’t overdo healthy foods

“Many people have a ‘healthy’ food, like almond butter, that they tend to overeat—at which point it stops being healthy. Know yours, and keep it out of the house.”

JJ Virgin author of The Virgin Diet
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