When it comes to losing weight, a lot of the same things come up frequently – Eat less, exercise more,
and working more veggies into your diet are parroted by just about every health coach and diet book out there, but – like everything else in life – what works for one person doesn’t necessarily work for another.
If you’ve tried all of the regular advice and you’re still left wanting more, you’ve come to the right place – Here are nine diet tips that work but aren’t necessarily mainstream yet; some are strategic, some involve new foods, and some might teach you a different way to eat. By the time you’re finished reading, you should be inspired to kick start your weight loss goals all over again.
Variety Isn’t Necessarily A Good Thing
A lot of diets promote eating a wide variety of foods, but that train of thought might actually lead to overeating. Liken it to a buffet – Has anyone ever told you to ‘just take one bite of everything’? You probably looked at them like they’re crazy (especially if it was a large buffet).
Variety isn’t always a good thing; the more you have access to, the more you’re likely to devour. Research has shown that the individuals who were able to maintain weight loss also happened to be the ones who chose to stick to a minimal diet.
Try A Different Grain For Breakfast
It might sound a little unconventional, but it turns out that barley might just be the next oatmeal. Researchers in Sweden found that eating rye kernels and/or barley for breakfast keeps our blood sugar stable and helps us feel fuller longer because it has a lower glycemic index.
Note: If you’re going to try this out, make sure that you purchase hulled barley as opposed to pearl barley – In addition to the research only being based on the hulled type, pearl barley is also more processed.
Make Better Salads
A lot of people seem to think that a naked garden salad is a great lunch – which it is – but then they wonder why they’re starving just a couple of hours later. Vegetables are great and all, but they’re not the most filling. To amp up your lunch, add some protein and fat – A couple of tablespoons of salad dressing and a piece of salmon or chicken breast can go a long way in helping prevent those mid-afternoon hunger pangs.
Fill Your Freezer
Fresh vegetables are great, but they’re also a lot of work. After a long and particularly exhausting day, you’re probably more likely to reach for a bag of pretzels than you are to want to peel, wash, dice, and prepare fresh veggies. To avoid such slip-ups, head to the grocery store and pick up bags of all of your favorite vegetables from the frozen section to stock your freezer with – They’re already cleaned, chopped, and ready to heat and eat.
Make A Weekly Platter
You know those giant vegetable platters that you get from the grocery store when you’re having a party so that your guests have something to nibble on? You’re going to want to make one of those for yourself and put it in your refrigerator at eye height – If all of the work is already done and all you have to do is grab and eat it, you’re far more likely to do just that.
Turn Down The Heat
When the temperature is lower – about 61 degrees Ferenheight – your body may burn more fat. Researchers in Scandinavia found that when we’re exposed to these frigid temperatures, our metabolism speeds up and we burn more calories (and in turn, more fat).
Note: If you’re someone who tends to eat more when you feel cold, this tip probably isn’t going to be beneficial to you.
Switch Your Plates Out
Bigger plates get filled with more food and as a result, we don’t realize how much food we’re actually eating. A handy way to trick your brain is to switch your plates out – Use the smaller lunch plates for your main dinner and make your dinner plates into salad plates instead (After all, if you’re going to eat a big portion of something, it might as well be salad).
Make Treat Day A Real Treat
‘Cheat’ or ‘treat’ days are an integral part of dieting; studies have shown that people who treat themselves every once in a while are much more likely to succeed in their weight loss efforts than those who deprive themselves. That said, if keeping sweets in the house pretty much guarantees that you’re going to eat them all at once, consider actually treating yourself by going out for whatever it is you’re craving instead. You might find that you’re eating those foods a lot less often, and you’ll really enjoy them when you finally get them.
Check In Once A Week
Getting on the scale every day can be frustrating and deterring, and results don’t always look drastic when you’re looking at yourself in the mirror every day. Here’s a trick that will not only let you see results as they’re happening, it’ll also give you something to look forward to every seven days.
Find a pair of jeans that fit tight but are still able to be zipped up. Then, pick a day of the week (any day that works for you) – Every week, on that day, try those jeans on. Even though you don’t think you look like you’ve lost weight, this trick will show you in tangible results.
In addition to your current weight loss method, hopefully, these tips will help you reach your goals more quickly. Have you heard of or used any of these tips? Did we miss anything? Let us know in the comments section below.