So you have decided that you would like to lose a little weight? If so then you have likely thought about calorie counting.
Of course, it will help but it is certainly not fun and can be quite a hard approach to weight loss.
It may actually give you a negative opinion of food and eventually may quit your efforts entirely.
Luckily there are other methods you can try. Here are a few of these methods to lose weight without counting calories.
Perhaps these tips would be a better option for you.
#1: Keep the vanilla to hand
There are certain smells that can curb food cravings. Vanilla is just one of them, another would be peppermint.
Simply take a sniff the next time you experience a food craving and it should hopefully disperse.
The results? Fewer cravings, so fewer calories consumed, resulting in weight loss.
#2: Keep a mirror in your dining area
If you want to cut the amount your eat then place a mirror on your dining table.
The simple act of watching yourself eat will cut the food you consume.
Doing this will also make you more accountable for your food choices, so you will opt for healthier food choices too.
#3: Use contrasting plates
An easy way to keep track of the unhealthy foods you eat would be to use a contrasting plate.
For example if the unhealthy food is a red, then opt for a white plate.
#4: Laugh yourself thin
Laughter burns calories believe it or not, so opt for them when you are taking your much deserved evening break.
#5: Try to relax
If you are suffering with stress then your ability to lose weight will be affected.
The reason for this is that stress causes your body to over-produce cortisol, which is a hormone that will cause food cravings and an inability to break down fat.
Yoga and meditation are good stress relievers, but even a nice warm bath with your favourite book can do wonders.
#6: Turn down the lights
There is a reason why restaurants opt for dimmed lights, it makes your dining experience more relaxing.
You will also find that you will take longer to finish your meal, which will ensure you do not need a second helping.
It has been shown that it takes 20 minutes for the brain to receive the signal from your stomach that you are full.
#7: Use longer utensils
This maybe a strange tip, but research has shown that using utensils with longer handles will ensure you consume less food, and therefore fewer calories.
The reason for this is that people tend to savour their food more, and take longer between bites.