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7 Ways To Lose Weight Without Even Trying

7 Ways To Lose Weight Without Even Trying

If you think that losing weight is always following a merciless diet and/or doing exhausting gym sessions, you are wrong! Yes, these ways are effective but there are also lots of other hacks you can use every day to reinforce your weight loss regime without all the hassle of counting calories and all that sweat.

Here are 7 ways to lose weight that you can implement straight away.

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1. Use smaller plates

This is an easy way of eating less. Researchers at the University of Groningen found that dishes which are about 70% full are preferred when eating. So, just using smaller dishes works and you can lose up to 18 lbs a year, just by doing this. Plates of 9/10 inches in diameter are ideal.

2. Drink some water before eating

How about zero calories before you even start? This is what happens when you drink 16 ounces of water about half an hour before eating so that your stomach will feel fuller during the meal. This is another great way of eating less and losing weight. It worked in an experiment with obese people, according to a study published on the WebMD site.

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3. Choose healthier swaps when you want

You can easily reduce the amount of calories you are consuming by making a few savvy swaps. Did you know that almond milk has only about one third of the calories that skim milk has? One cup of almond milk has 30 calories while the same quantity of skim milk has 91. Raisins have double the amount of calories as grapes so go for the grapes when you want a snack. Go for leaner meat when you can. For example, a 4 ounce turkey patty has only 150 calories. Compare that to its beef counterpart which has 319.

4. Choose dark chocolate for your dessert

Forget all those cookies and try to cultivate a taste for dark chocolate. You will be cutting your sugar and calorie intake. Dark chocolate really is a healthier option. I am a chocoholic so you have to believe me! One ounce of dark chocolate (75% cocoa) has 170 calories. One cookie of a similar weight has 220 calories and double the amount of sugar that chocolate has.

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5. Move your body

How often do you walk? How many times do you take the stairs rather than the elevator for a few floors up? Another good idea is to find parking space for your car which is further from your office or supermarket, provided the weather is good. If you build more movement into your daily routine, you can burn off those extra calories at a steady rate over the whole year. It all adds up and helps.

6. Eat smaller meals more often

If you cannot burn off all those calories after a big meal, then you have little chance of losing weight. The main reason is all those extra calories will be stored somewhere visible on your body as fat. Overdo it on the lips, forever on the hips! The best solution is to eat smaller meals and to eat more often. By doing that you are burning fat faster and you are also keeping your blood sugar levels steady. Doctors now recommend that you can have 6 light meals evenly spaced throughout the day. The basic premise is that the longer you have to wait for food, the hungrier you are going to be. That will not help your waistline at all.

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7. Sleep well

Science has it. Researchers at Columbia University have found that if you sleep less than 7 hours a night, you are going to put on more weight and getting rid of those extra pounds will be all the harder.

How can sleep be so important in the weight loss battle, you might wonder? Well, first you are awake for fewer hours so the risk of snacking is cut down. Also, people who are well rested and get a good night’s sleep can burn up to 20% more calories after eating than their insomniac friends. There are lots of studies that show when you are tired, you have more cravings, you eat more and you also tend to buy more fattening food when you go to the supermarket.

So, there you have it. And the best tip of all? If you really have cravings, try sniffing peppermint every two hours. One study in the Journal of Neurological and Orthopaedic Medicine found that people who did that were able to lose 5 lbs a month. So easy!

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Last Updated on August 12, 2019

12 Best Foods That Improve Memory and Brain Health

12 Best Foods That Improve Memory and Brain Health

Nutrition plays a vital role in brain function and staying sharp into the golden years. Personally, my husband is going through medical school, which is like a daily mental marathon. Like any good wife, I am always looking for things that will boost his memory fortitude so he does his best in school.

But you don’t have to be a med student to appreciate better brainiac brilliance. If you combine certain foods with good hydration, proper sleep and exercise, you may just rival Einstein and have a great memory in no time.

I’m going to reveal the list of foods coming out of the kitchen that can improve your memory and make you smarter.

Here are 12 best brain foods that improve memory and brain power:

1. Nuts

The American Journal of Epidemiology published a study linking higher intakes of vitamin E with the prevention on cognitive decline.[1]

Nuts like walnuts and almonds (along with other great foods like avocados) are a great source of vitamin E.

Cashews and sunflower seeds also contain an amino acid that reduces stress by boosting serotonin levels.

Walnuts even resemble the brain, just in case you forget the correlation, and are a great source of omega 3 fatty acids, which also improve your mental magnitude.

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2. Blueberries

Shown in studies at Tuffs University to benefit both short-term memory and coordination, blueberries pack quite a punch in a tiny blue package.[2]

When compared to other fruits and veggies, blueberries were found to have the highest amount of antioxidants (especially flavonoids), but strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries are also full of brain benefits.

3. Tomatoes

Tomatoes are packed full of the antioxidant lycopene, which has shown to help protect against free-radical damage most notably seen in dementia patients.

4. Broccoli

While all green veggies are important and rich in antioxidants and vitamin C, broccoli is a superfood even among these healthy choices.

Since your brain uses so much fuel (it’s only 3% of your body weight but uses up to 17% of your energy), it is more vulnerable to free-radical damage and antioxidants help eliminate this threat.

Broccoli is packed full of antioxidants, is well-known as a powerful cancer fighter and is also full of vitamin K, which is known to enhance cognitive function.

5. Foods Rich in Essential Fatty Acids

Your brain is the fattest organ (not counting the skin) in the human body, and is composed of 60% fat. That means that your brain needs essential fatty acids like DHA and EPA to repair and build up synapses associated with memory.

The body does not naturally produce essential fatty acids so we must get them in our diet.

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Eggs, flax, and oily fish like salmon, sardines, mackerel and herring are great natural sources of these powerful fatty acids. Eggs also contain choline, which is a necessary building block for the neurotransmitter acetylcholine, to help you recall information and concentrate.

6. Soy

Soy, along with many other whole foods mentioned here, are full of proteins that trigger neurotransmitters associated with memory.

Soy protein isolate is a concentrated form of the protein that can be found in powder, liquid, or supplement form.

Soy is valuable for improving memory and mental flexibility, so pour soy milk over your cereal and enjoy the benefits.

7. Dark Chocolate

When it comes to chocolate, the darker the better. Try to aim for at least 70% cocoa. This yummy desert is rich in flavanol antioxidants which increase blood flow to the brain and shield brain cells from aging.

Take a look at this article if you want to know more benefits of dark chocolate: 15 Surprising and Science-Backed Health Effects of Dark Chocolate

8. Foods Rich in Vitamins: B vitamins, Folic Acid, Iron

Some great foods to obtain brain-boosting B vitamins, folic acid and iron are kale, chard, spinach and other dark leafy greens.

B6, B12 and folic acid can reduce levels of homocysteine in the blood. Homocysteine increases are found in patients with cognitive impairment like Alzheimer’s, and high risk of stroke.

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Studies showed when a group of elderly patients with mild cognitive impairment were given high doses of B6, B12, and folic acid, there was significant reduction in brain shrinkage compared to a similar placebo group.[3]

Other sources of B vitamins are liver, eggs, soybeans, lentils and green beans. Iron also helps accelerate brain function by carrying oxygen. If your brain doesn’t get enough oxygen, it can slow down and people can experience difficulty concentrating, diminished intellect, and a shorter attention span.

To get more iron in your diet, eat lean meats, beans, and iron-fortified cereals. Vitamin C helps in iron absorption, so don’t forget the fruits!

9. Foods Rich in Zinc

Zinc has constantly demonstrated its importance as a powerful nutrient in memory building and thinking. This mineral regulates communications between neurons and the hippocampus.

Zinc is deposited within nerve cells, with the highest concentrations found in the hippocampus, the part of the brain responsible for higher learning function and memory.

Some great sources of zinc are pumpkin seeds, liver, nuts, and peas.

10. Gingko Biloba

This herb has been utilized for centuries in eastern culture and is best known for its memory boosting brawn.

It can increase blood flow in the brain by dilating vessels, increasing oxygen supply and removing free radicals.

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However, don’t expect results overnight: this may take a few weeks to build up in your system before you see improvements.

11. Green and Black Tea

Studies have shown that both green and black tea prevent the breakdown of acetylcholine—a key chemical involved in memory and lacking in Alzheimer’s patients.

Both teas appear to have the same affect on Alzheimer’s disease as many drugs utilized to combat the illness, but green tea wins out as its affects last a full week versus black tea which only lasts the day.

Find out more about green tea here: 11 Health Benefits of Green Tea (+ How to Drink It for Maximum Benefits)

12. Sage and Rosemary

Both of these powerful herbs have been shown to increase memory and mental clarity, and alleviate mental fatigue in studies.

Try to enjoy these savory herbs in your favorite dishes.

When it comes to mental magnitude, eating smart can really make you smarter. Try to implement more of these readily available nutrients and see just how brainy you can be!

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