Unconventional Diet Tips
Weight Loss Advice You’ve Never Heard
There are lots of people sharing lots of ways to lose weight. If you’re on a diet, you’ve probably heard or tried many of them. But if you’re reading this article, I’m guessing they haven’t worked, at least for more than a few weeks or months.
Let's try something different. I’m going to share with you a few ideas that you might not have heard before. Ways to motivate you, ideas to change your behavior and strategies you can use for long-term success. They’re a little unconventional, but maybe that’s what you might need to make a breakthrough. Give them a try; you have nothing to lose but your fat.
Get a pair of pants that are tight, but that you can still fit into. On Friday, try them on. Feel how uncomfortable they are. Imagine how much better they would look and feel if you dropped a few pounds. Fitting into those pants is going to be your goal.
By trying them on Friday, you’re setting yourself up to beat the weekend. As you get ready to relax and unwind, remember those pants before you lose the next two days in a recliner ordering pizza. Picture those pants and plan to take a walk. Imagine zipping up those pants before you binge on junk food. Use the thought of those pants to help you make decisions that help, rather than hurt you.
Once those pants are loose, re-evaluate your weight loss goals. If you have more to lose, get another pair of tight pants and do it all over again.
Keep healthy food in view. Put healthier options in front on pantry shelves and in your refrigerator. Display fruit in decorative bowls on your kitchen counter. Layout your kitchen so that healthier options are front and center. That way when you’re hungry, you’ll see the things that are good for you first and hopefully eat them.
Buy more frozen vegetables. Then heat a serving in the microwave for every meal. One of the reasons people don’t eat as many vegetables as they should is because it can be a pain to cut and prepare them. With frozen veggies, all the hard work is done.
You don’t have to just eat them on the side; you can toss them in a salad or add them to a soup. The fiber and vitamins are good for you. Plus you’ll fill up quickly without taking in a lot of extra calories. Just make sure to avoid the ones that have a lot of added cheese or fatty toppings.
Don’t bring junk food into your home. If you want to have dessert, go out for it. That doesn’t mean you have to go to an expensive restaurant. Make a trip to the grocery store and just buy what you’re going to eat now. Burn off even more calories by walking or riding a bike to get there.
Variety is NOT your friend. The more food choices people have, the more they eat. In one study, researchers gave some subjects plain fries, and others fries with catsup and mayonnaise. The group that was given more choices ate more.
That means in situations like a family dinner or a buffet, you need to restrict how many things you put on your plate. Don’t get a little of everything, it’ll trigger overeating. Limit the variety of foods you have access to and you’ll eat less.
When dining out, decide what you’ll eat in advance. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve gone out to a restaurant with the intention of eating healthy, they completely blown it once I got there. Avoid the temptation.
Download the menu before you head out. Read over the options and make a healthier choice before you get there. Then write your choice down. This is especially helpful when you’re on a trip and you have to eat out for every meal.
Set your calorie budget for each meal separately. Researchers found that you will lower your calories by at least 100 per day if you budget at the meal level instead of daily. It's called the “contraction effect.”
On the surface, it may not seem like much, but it equals an extra pound of weight loss every five weeks.
Study: Contraction with Unpacking: When Unpacking Leads to Lower Calorie Budgets
Miaolei (Liam) Jia, Xiuping Li, Aradhna Krishna
Journal of Consumer Research, ucz036, https://doi.org/10.1093/jcr/ucz036
Published: 26 August 2019
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