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10 Fascinating, Science-Backed Mind Tricks For Weight Loss

10 Fascinating, Science-Backed Mind Tricks For Weight Loss

Many of us are already aware of this fact, the only way to lose weight is through the correct balance of calories in vs calories out.

All successful weight loss programs result in a caloric deficit, by burning more calories than consumed. The healthiest approaches combine nutritious diets with full-body workout routines. Gradual weight loss is then a product of consistency.

As you probably know by now, this is far easier said than done! Our bodies resist these lifestyle changes, especially in the beginning. With cravings and hunger as mighty adversaries, sticking to your healthy diet becomes a battle of will.

However, these 10 ingenious mind tricks for weight loss will enable you to conquer the mind, stay consistent and achieve the slimmer body you desire!

1. Harness the Power of Blue

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    As far fetched as this one sounds, surrounding yourself by the color blue could significantly suppress your appetite. One study found that eating in a blue room reduced food consumption by up to 33%! The color blue triggers the brain by making food appear less appealing.

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    Try eating with blue plates or even a blue tablecloth and see if you notice an effect on your appetite. Avoid colors yellow, red and orange, they will increase its appeal!

    2. Position Yourself Opposite a Mirror

    Another seemingly bizarre weight loss trick is to sit opposite a mirror. Yet, one study found it can reduce food consumption by up to a third! It’s believed that being able to see yourself makes you judge yourself objectively. As a result, you will keep tighter control over your eating.

    Increased levels of guilt associated can even decrease the taste of junk food. So if you must eat something unhealthy, make sure you sit in front of a mirror!

    3. Turn Up Lights and Turn off Music

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      Many restaurants purposefully create atmospheres that encourage customers to eat more. From dim lighting that lowers eating inhibitions to background music that speeds up the chewing of food.

      Try creating the opposite environment, you’ll be amazed how much less you will eat. Keep the lights bright and the music off at dinner time!

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      4. Burn a Vanilla Candle

      As mentioned earlier, neutral sweet scents can dispel hunger and cravings. The aroma of Vanilla is another way to trick the mind for weight loss. In a study of 160 people, scented patches encouraged an average loss of 4lbs.

      Simply burning a vanilla scented candle at dinnertime could save you from craving dessert!

      5. Snack on Neutral Sweet Foods

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        Notice how the sugary-sweet smell of chocolate immediately makes you feel hungry? Well, neutral sweet odors have been seen to have the opposite effect by suppressing appetite.

        When the urge to snack becomes too great, grab a neutral-sweet fruit such as bananas or apples. They are nutritious, wholesome and almost impossible to overindulge!

        6. Reduce the Size of Plates and Bowls

        As trivial as this sounds, using smaller plates triggers a powerful mind trick for weight loss. Downsizing actually enables you to decrease your portion size without affecting your feeling of fullness.

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        Try this clever trick for yourself by stepping down from a 12″ to a 10″ plate, you’ll be surprised to see your meal satisfaction remain the same!

        7. Spice Up Dishes

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          Taking a walk on the spicy side of the kitchen is another expected mind hack. Studies found that cayenne pepper decreases appetite and may kick up your metabolism. So you’ll subconsciously consume less and burn more calories at the same time.

          Even the aroma of spicy dishes is potent enough to encourage smaller bites of your meal. For those not used to spicy foods, the effects are stronger!

          8. Eat More Slowly

          The benefits of chewing slowly have been studied number times. Longer chewing patterns result in a greater release of natural appetite regulating hormones. As a result, it decreases calories consumed by increasing fullness.

          Chewing and swallowing quickly is a common habit. Try slowing down and you will notice yourself naturally eating less!

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          9. Record Your Diet

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            Keeping a food journal is the most effective way to raise awareness of your diet. You may be surprised at the amount of food you consume, or by the number of unhealthy choices! Many nutritionists have noted that this simple act hacks the mind and encourages weight loss habits.

            Start by jotting down your meals and reviewing it at the end of the week. Take it to the next step by counting calories using one of the many food journal applications.

            10. Find Ways to Remind Yourself

            When going out for a meal with friends, it’s easy to get carried away and blow much of our weight loss efforts. But setting yourself a small personal reminder can be an effective way to prevent overindulgence.

            An old trick used by women in France was to tie a ribbon around their stomach before going out. This helped them stay aware of their tummies, especially if it began to get tighter!

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            Last Updated on May 22, 2019

            10 Simple Morning Exercises That Will Make You Feel Great All Day

            10 Simple Morning Exercises That Will Make You Feel Great All Day

            There are lots of studies that show if you do some exercise in the morning, you will be in a better mood all day long. You will have more energy and you will certainly be a better colleague, friend or partner.

            One psychologist at Duke University has researched the effects of exercise on depressed patients and he has come to the conclusion that exercise has a definite role in treating this condition and has an important role in preventing people from relapsing.[1] According to the New York Times, scientists have now established that exercise also boosts your brain power.[2]

            In addition, there are studies from the Appalachian State University which show that blood pressure can be reduced by doing regular morning exercise.[3]

            Here are 10 simple morning exercises that will help you feel great the whole day long. You can include some of them in your morning exercise routine or do them all at home without having to enrol in a gym. Consult your doctor before starting any form of exercise routine if you are new to this.

            1. Cat Camel Stretch

            Stretching exercises are useful for muscle toning and also preventing arthritis. They can either be dynamic or static.

            Dynamic ones such as the cat camel stretch, are particularly useful for doing other exercises in the morning. They are also beneficial at other times of the day, especially after long periods of sedentary work. This one is great for spinal flexibility and is a good warm up exercise.

            Kneel down on all fours. Start by rounding your back just like a camel so that your head will try to meet your pelvis. This is the camel position. Then lower and lift your head so that your lower back is arched. This is the cat position. Do these movements slowly and smoothly. About 4 or 5 times.

            Here’s a video to guide you through:

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            2. Go for a Walk or a Run

            This is better done outside so that you can connect with nature but running inside on a treadmill is almost as good. You can time yourself and increase length and time according to your fitness program.

            Always have new goals to reach. Start with brisk walking and work up to running. At my age, I am still walking!

            The health benefits are considerable. You can build stronger bones and you can help to maintain your weight.

            Also, you are helping your heart to stay healthy and keeping your blood pressure low.

            Learn more about the benefits of running here: 8 Benefits of Running 5 Minutes Every Day You Didn’t Know

            3. Jumping Jacks

            Michelle Obama is a great fan of this exercise and has become “Jumper in Chief.”[4] They are great for cardiovascular health and also for toning muscles especially the calves and the deltoids.

            Stand with feet together. Jump while spreading your arms and legs. Return to first position and keep going! You can start with doing these for 1 minute and then gradually build up to the number you are comfortable with. Here’s how:

            4. Abductor Side Lifts

            Watch the video below to see how to do this exercise. These muscles are important because you use them everyday to run, get into the car or onto and off a bicycle. They are very important also for your core stability and prevent the pelvis from tilting.[5]

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            Do about 10 to 15 raises for each side like this:

            5. Balancing Table Pose

            This is a classic yoga pose. It benefits the spine, balance, memory and concentration.

            Start with the table pose (hands and knees). Breathe in before starting each movement. As you exhale, raise your left leg parallel to the floor as you raise the right arm, also parallel to the floor. Breathe in as you lower arm and leg. Repeat for the other side. 10 repetitions on each side is a good starting point.

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              6. Leg Squats

              Not just legs are involved but also hips and knees.

              Stand with your feet a bit further out from your hips. Arms are out in front of you. Then lower yourself as if you wanted to sit down until you reach a 90 degree angle. You can go down further if you want to. Then return to the starting position. Repeat 15 times for 2 sets for beginners.

              The benefits are that these exercises help with knee stability and can benefit the leg muscles such as quadriceps, hamstrings and calves.[6]

              7. Push Ups

              You start lying down (face down) but with your body held up at arm’s length. Your hands should be in line with your shoulders. Breathe in as you lower your body. That is fairly easy. Now, as you exhale, you have to get back up to the starting position.

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              An easier version to start with is to bend your legs at the knees so you do not have to lift your whole body.

              Beginners may take up to a month to be able to do 100 push ups so you will have to start with a very small number and gradually increase it.

              This exercise is great for strengthening the chest, shoulders and the triceps. It is a great strengthening exercise for many muscle groups. In fact, most muscles from the toes to the shoulders are being used.

              8. Bicycle Crunches

              There are numerous crunch exercises targeting the abs. The bicycle crunch is a variation where you work more muscle groups. Aim for 15 to 20 reps to start off with.

              Watch the video to see how this is done correctly:

              9. Lunges

              Stand with feet shoulder width apart. Place your hand on your hips. Take one giant step forward with the right leg. Make sure the knee does not go too far forward, that is, past your toes. The left knee will go down to almost floor level. Alternate the legs as you go on.

              Try to do a set of between 8 and 12 reps for each leg. It is important to allow for a day of rest, so this exercise should be done on alternate days, especially if you are using weights.

              This exercise is great for strengthening and toning the quadriceps, glutes and hamstrings.

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              10. Bicep Curls

              You can do this sitting down so if you spend a lot of time on the phone, this is a great exercise to do.

              Choose suitable dumbbells or another household object that you can easily hold. Sit down with the dumbbell in your hand. You need to sit forward a bit so that your triceps can lean on your thigh to give you support.

              Then bring the weighted arm up to shoulder length and then down again. Exhale as you lift the weight and inhale as you lower it.

              Here’re some important notes before you start doing this exercise:

              Try to do one or two sets of about ten repetitions for each arm and then switch arms.

              These exercises are really useful for toning the arm muscles.[7] In addition, they can strengthen and tone the brachioradialis muscle located in the forearm. These are the muscles we use to pick up things when we flex the arm at the elbow so we use these muscles countless times a day.

              You may have to build in a rest day for the heavier exercises, numbers 6–10. On the rest days, you can do gentler stretching exercises and also some walking or running.

              Morning exercise is not only a great mood booster, but will help you keep your weight down and also sleep better![8] Start including one or some of these exercises in your morning routine!

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