It seems like weird diet tricks are constantly surfacing. While eating less and exercising more are the basic principles for weight loss, there are certain tips that although may sound bizarre at first, can end up having a positive impact in the process of slimming down. If you’re willing to try new strategies to get to your goal, these seemingly weird weight loss tips might be worth a try:
Eat with your non-dominant hand
The secret to eating less, might be just eating differently. Eating with the non-dominant hand is a bit more difficult and slows down the eating pace, which can lead to consuming less calories. In a study, participants who were asked to eat with their non-dominant hand, ended up consuming 30% less calories compared to the control group.
Eat in front of the mirror
A similar reduction in calorie can be obtained by eating in front of a mirror. According to researchers, participants who watched themselves eat high calorie foods reduced their food intake by a third, probably due to the fact that doing so served as a powerful reminder of their diet goals.
Pay with cash
Out of all the strange tricks to lose weight out there, this one might be the one that seems the least plausible, however, according to researchers, the mere act of reaching for cash rather than credit cards can help you make better decisions when it comes to the foods you buy.
Avoid wearing loose clothing
Eating in your pajamas isn’t a great idea for your waistline and not just because of late night snacking. Fitted clothes are a much better choice since they can help you be more mindful about your eating habits and help you stop overeating sooner.
Eat cake for breakfast
Depending on your sweet tooth, this idea can seem either the best or the worst diet tip ever. However, this weird diet tip is actually based on research. Apparently, obese patients who ate a breakfast high in protein and carbohydrates that included a dessert were able to stick to their diets better than those whose breakfast plans didn’t include sweets, since they curbed cravings for sweets later in the day. On the other hand, if you have trouble controlling the amount of sweets you eat, you’ll be better off skipping this tip.
Watch less TV
Turning off the TV can be great for your weight loss goals since you’ll likely to be more active if you’re not glued to the screen. In a study, participants that were forced to watch TV 50% less than the control group, managed to burn an average of 119 calories more per day.
Sniff this scent
Vanilla scents have been shown to help decrease craving for sweet foods and drinks. It is believed that the scent has the power to suppress sweet cravings, specifically cravings for chocolate.