Science Backed Ways to Lose Weight
Healthy habits can go out the window when we’ve got no time for the gym and few options besides Seamless. Losing weight isn’t easy and doing it in a healthy, sustainable way can make the task feel even harder.Making small changes each day is one way to get started, but it’s important to remember that just because a weight-loss strategy works for someone else, it may not work for you. From drinking more waterto turning up the music, here are our favorite weight-loss tips.
- Get colorful:
Yes, there’s a reason restaurants use the plates they do: They want the food to look amazing. And when the food looks better you guessed it you eat more. Research says to avoid plates that match the food served on them (think: a deep red plate with a greasy slice of pizza), because there is less of a contrast, which may prompt us to eat more.
v Eat more snacks:
Skipping snacktime won’t necessarily lead to weight loss: Low calorie consumption can actually slow metabolism. Eating less than three times a day may benefit those who are obese, but research shows skipping meals throughout the day and eating one large meal at night can lead to some undesirable outcomes (like delayed insulin response) which may increase the risk of diabetes. Instead of forgoing breakfast or lunch, stick to a few meals a day with healthy snacks between them.
v Peruse the perimeter:
Next time you need groceries, circle the perimeter of the store before going up and down every aisle. Why? You’ll load up on the healthy stuff first. The edges of grocery stores generally house fresh produce, meat, and fish, while the inner aisles hold more pre-packaged, processed foods. Browsing the perimeter can help control how many unwanted additives are in your basket.
v Stock your fridge:
Make an effort to fill your fridge with healthy produce and proteins. And when the crisper is empty, make sure the freezer is stocked with frozen veggie mixes or berries (and don’t forget to grab the bags that are sans added sauces or sugar). You may be less apt to order out when you’ve got the makings of a healthy dinner right at home. More good news: Healthy food doesn’t always have to be pricey.
v Eat in the A.M:
Skipping breakfast in order to “save your appetite” for dinner probably isn’t a safety shield for late-night noshing. While there’s still debate on how important breakfast really is, not eating until the afternoon may lead to binge-eating later (think: a massive dinner because you’re starving). Stick to a reasonably-sized breakfast with plenty of protein, so you’re not tempted to eat unhealthy snacks mid-morning.
v Get busy in the kitchen:
We promise cooking doesn’t take long! Your favorite Seamless order or any local restaurant is likely an oversized portion, which can result in increased caloric intake. Start small by making one of these healthy meals in just 12 minutes or less (we’re talking: quesadillas, stir-fry, and burgers).
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