In the game of weight loss, the deck is stacked against you. Food marketers have spent millions researching colors, flavors, scents, and packaging in order to find the best ways of getting you to eat more. But in the past few years, brain researchers have discovered some tricks to help. You can trump the urge to overeat and lose that extra weight with these science-supported strategies.
Dr. Oz gave these five surprising reasons:
- You Serve Meals Family-Style Meals. Research shows that people eat more when food is served from the table. Make your meal at the stovetop and bring it to the table to eat 19% less than you might in a family-style eating arrangement.
- Your thermostat is set too low. Cold room temperatures are good for burning calories, but when it’s too cold, your body temperature drops and you tend to eat overeat.
- Spending too much time on the computer and smart phone. An easy way to avoid this fat trap is to stand when using your phone. Standing for one hour can lead to five pounds of weight loss in one year.
- Stop drinking skim milk and eating low-fat dairy. research shows that people who ate high-fat dairy products had a lower risk for obesity.
- Your pajamas are too tight. In this situation, your body temperature can raise and you won’t be able to produce enough melatonin that fights fat.
Over 5 million women in this country have a medical condition that keeps them from losing weight. Dr. Oz (a heart surgeon) explained how glands can be the culprit of weight-loss problems. The thyroid gland when it is under active can cause weight gain. When the thyroid is not functioning properly, the metabolism is thrown off. Here are so ways to test:
- Put your hand to the side of your Adam’s apple and swallow. If you feel anything, you might have a problem.
- Look at your eyebrows, and if the outer 1/3 is missing, you might have a hyperthyroid.
- Relax your legs and feel the movement under the knee. If it goes up when you flex and goes down slowly, there is a thyroid problem.
- Also, constant constipation.
MSN.health suggests other ways to lose the weight faster by changing a few lifestyle patterns of random things you are doing every day.
- “Think” of your meal as a light choice, it can cause your brain to make more of the hormone ghrelin, reports a study from Yale University. Ex: indulging on a light soup with a small portion of crusty whole wheat bread. Focus on the bites of bread and you will become fuller faster while eating the whole grains which are good for you.
- Pay with cash. People who use a credit card when grocery shopping buy significantly more unhealthy, calorie-dense food than people who pay cash, according to a study in the Journal of Consumer Research.
- Simply thinking about exercise can cause you to eat 50% more. Why? People assume that the upcoming workout gives them license to snack. Avoid excessive munching with a pre-gym snack of no more than 150 calories, advises Keri Glassman, RD, author of The Snack Factor Diet.
- You have got to move. When sitting for long periods of time, your body stops making a fat-inhibiting enzyme called lipase, researchers at the University of Missouri–Columbia found. Stand and stretch every hour, and you’ll boost your metabolism by about 13%, says research published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
- You need at least 7.5 hrs. of sleep. A study in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that women who slept fewer than four hours ate 300 more calories and 21 more grams of fat the next day.
- Avoid unnecessary stress. In fact, research has shown that higher levels of cortisol have been linked to greater amounts of visceral fat.
- Avoid all processed foods high in sugar. Belly fat is associated with inflammation, so eating too many processed foods will hinder your ability to lose belly fat.” Instead, stick to whole, clean foods like fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.
- Add strength training to your cardio workout. The more muscle tone your body has, the more fat you’ll burn.
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