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How To Effectively Lose Weight Without Giving Up On Your Favorite Foods

How To Effectively Lose Weight Without Giving Up On Your Favorite Foods

Losing weight is always difficult. And giving up your favorite food can feel impossible. So losing weight by giving up your favorite food? Well, that’s beyond imagination. You can’t just give up your favorite food – it’s your favorite for a reason, after all.

But if losing weight requires that you leave behind your favorite foods, then how are you supposed to lose weight when you can’t master that starting step? Well, studies suggest you might be able to reach your goals without such a steep price. Here are few tips you need to follow in order to lose weight even while not giving up your favorite food.

1. Drink water regularly.

Drinking water regularly can work miracles for your weight –– just by helping your body do what it’s supposed to. That simple change helps you eat less and (coincidentally) lose weight. Research shows that drinking water half an hour before meal helps in reducing hunger. Along with its regular job of flushing toxins and waste products from the body, it also improves digestion of foods. This, in turn, ensures that all of the digestive system, digestive glands, liver, and kidneys stay healthy too.

It’s simple as that. So, keep hydrating your body and you will see the difference.

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2. Protein –rich foods.

While eating carbohydrate-rich foods can be counterproductive in your quest to lose weight, protein awaits as your life savior. Proteins have a pretty big say in your hunger levels. Eating proteins gives you a sensation of being full so that you intake fewer calories, thanks to its effect on appetite controlling hormones (GLP-1 and Ghrelin).

By eating proteins, you restrict calories without your consciousness. So add protein to your diet – fish, yogurt, chicken breasts, almonds, eggs. You can always opt for a protein-rich version of your favorite meal, turning your favorite foods into healthier alternatives. Add egg to your breakfast instead of grain-based products and see the change for yourself.

3. Walk, walk and walk!

Just eating won’t help if you spend all your time in a chair and never give your body chance to burn the calories. So tie your shoelaces and take a walk. It doesn’t have to be some drawn out stroll or a run that leaves you wishing you hadn’t.

Just do some walking at your own pace for at least an hour a day. And if you’re feeling adventurous, it might be an even better choice to have a walk in nature than on a treadmill.

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4. Build lean muscle.

Building lean muscle does wonders in the long run for both your body’s metabolism and your weight. Lean muscle will burn your calories and helps you lose more simply because your body needs more calories to sustain itself. But in order to reap those rewards, you have to invest in turning your body structure from more fat and less muscle to more muscle and less fat.

As you chart your weight initially, it might seem to be unaffected because you’re burning down of fats and building up lean muscle to add to your weight. But after the initial adjustments, lean muscle will burn more calories than you can imagine.

5. Fitness tracker.

Getting a fitness tracker on your cell phone to monitor your physical exercise can also help you reach your goals. The app can record all sorts of data, like how many steps you’ve taken, or how many stairs you have climbed.

Some apps even have challenges to entice you to break your personal records every day and grow daily. You may find yourself having difficulty saying no to it. Track your daily and weekly records and challenge yourself to see better results.

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6. Fiber-rich foods.

Another food tip to do away with your appetite is to intake fiber-rich foods. Fiber-rich foods will give you the sensation of fullness by reducing your hunger. They form gel when they come in contact with water, which allows food to remain in the stomach for a longer period of time.

This also slows down the digestion. Add beans, oats, asparagus, oranges and flax seeds to control your appetite and food intake.

7. Eat without electronic distractions.

Eating without distractions helps you eat less. If you pay attention to eating, you tend to consume fewer calories. Research has shown that people who eat while using electronic devices, like while watching TV or using smartphone or computer, lose track of how much they have already eaten and thus succumb to overeating. So avoid getting distracted while eating and pay attention to eating to eat less and lose your weight.

8. Yoga.

Yoga has lots of benefits, including its effect on body weight. It helps you attain physical, mental, emotional as well as spiritual, well-being. At the same time, it makes your body flexible while also helping you to work up a sweat and burn calories.

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You can start with simpler forms of yoga as a beginner. With regular practice, you can work your way up to complex stances and forms of yoga to help you naturally attain a healthy level of physical well-being. As a bonus, by helping to relieve your stress, it helps in reducing your weight.

9. Using smaller plates.

Using smaller plates helps you eat less by making you believe that you have eaten a full meal, while using larger plates with the same amount of food will make the food amount look insufficient, causing you to add more and eat more.

So if you have some foods that are known to add to your weight, serve them on smaller plates and serve healthy foods known to decrease appetite and hunger in larger plates. This is a trick that you can certainly use to your advantage.

10. Serving unhealthy foods in red plates.

This weird trick has been shown to work well to help you reduce appetite and weight. If not, it works with snack foods ,which are unhealthy for you. Research has shown that people eat less from red plates than from blue or white plates.

Perhaps it’s because of the association of the color red with danger that has been ingrained in our brain that sends us ‘stop’ signals. This stop signal helps us eat less and thus gain less weight. While you can eat your favorite foods, it certainly helps if you can restrict them.

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Last Updated on October 23, 2018

Science Says Knitting Makes Humans Warmer And Happier, Mentally

Science Says Knitting Makes Humans Warmer And Happier, Mentally

My mother was a great knitter and produced some wonderful garments such as Aran sweaters which were extremely fashionable when I was young. She also knitted while my father drove, which caused great amusement. I often wondered why she did that but I think I know the answer now.

Knitting is good for your mental health, according to some research studies. The Washington Post mentions a 2013 survey of about 3,500 knitters who were asked how they felt after a knitting session. Over 80% of them said they definitely felt happier. It is not a totally female occupation as more and more men take it up to get the same benefits. Harry Styles (One Direction) enjoys knitting. So does Russell Crowe although he does it to help him with anger management!

The Neural Knitwork Project

In Australia, Neural Knitworks was started to encourage people to knit and also become aware of neuroscience and mental health issues. Knit-ins were organized but garments were not the only things created. The knitters produced handmade neurons (1,665 of them!) to make a giant brain. The 2015 project will make more neural knitted networks (neural knitworks) and they will be visible online. You can see some more examples of woolly neurons on the Neural Knitworks Facebook page.

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While people knitted, crocheted and crafted yarn, they listened to experts talking about mental health issues such as addiction, dementia, depression, and how neurons work.

The knitting and neural connection

The human brain has about 80 billion neurons. Learning new skills, social interaction, and physical activity all help to forge neural connections which keep the brain healthy and active. They are creating networks to control movement and make memories. The knitters learn that as they create the woollen neurons, their own neurons are forming new pathways in their brains. Their creations are mimicking the processes in their brains to a certain extent. At the same time, their brains are registering new and interesting information as they learn interesting facts about the brain and how it works. I love the knitworks and networks pun. What a brilliant idea!

More mental health benefits from knitting

Betsan Corkhill is a physiotherapist and has published some results of completed studies on her website, appropriately named Stitchlinks. She conducted some experiments herself and found that knitting was really helpful in reducing panic and anxiety attacks.

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“You are using up an awful lot of brain capacity to perform a coordinated series of movements. The more capacity you take up by being involved in a complex task, the less capacity you have for bad thoughts.”- Betsan Corkhill

Knitters feel happier and in a better mood

Ann Futterman-Collier, Well Being Lab at Northern Arizona University, is very interested in how textile therapy (sewing, knitting, weaving and lace-making) can play an important role in mood repair and in lifting depressive states.

She researched 60 women and divided them into three different groups to do some writing, meditating and work with textiles. She monitored their heartbeat, blood pressure and saliva production. The women in the textiles group had the best results when their mood was assessed afterwards. They were in a better mood and had managed to reduce their negative thoughts better than those in the writing and meditation groups.

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“People who were given the task to make something actually had less of an inflammatory response in the face of a ‘stressor’.” – Dr. Futterman Collier

The dopamine effect on our happiness

Our brains produce a chemical called dopamine. This helps us to feel happy, more motivated, and assists also with focus and concentration. We get a boost of dopamine after sex, food, exercise, sleep, and creative activities.

There are medications to increase dopamine but there are lots of ways we can do it naturally. Textile therapy and crafting are the easiest and cheapest. We can create something and then admire it. In addition, this allows for a little bit of praise and congratulations. Although this is likely not your goal, all these can boost our dopamine and we just feel happier and more fulfilled. These are essential in facing new challenges and coping with disappointment in life.

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“Sometimes, people come up to me when I am knitting and they say things like, “Oh, I wish I could knit, but I’m just not the kind of person who can sit and waste time like that.” How can knitting be wasting time? First, I never just knit; I knit and think, knit and listen, knit and watch. Second, you aren’t wasting time if you get a useful or beautiful object at the end of it.” – Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, At Knit’s End: Meditations for Women Who Knit Too Much.

If you thought knitting and textiles were for old ladies, think again!

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