Losing weight can be quite a challenge, especially if you’re the kind who loves food and hates exercise. There are, however, some ways you can “cheat the system” and shed the pounds without dieting.
Savor every bite. Eating slow is one easy habit you can adopt to help you lose some weight. When you eat slow, you give your body’s natural signals of fullness a chance to register. You can stop even before you have taken more than you really need. If you eat fast,you continue eating past the point where you’re already full. So, take small bites, chew food longer and enjoy your meal longer.
Have enough sleep. Depriving yourself of sleep can rev up your appetite. This makes you hungry in times you should no longer be eating. It is also good for sleep to replace idle activities, which can help you avoid late-night mindless snacking.
Use smaller dishes. Some people would argue that using small dishes would not help if you still refill your plates several times. Cornell’s Brian Wansink, PhD, however, found that larger dishes encourage people to serve more and eat more. A simple eye trick — replacing your 12-inch dinner plate with a 10-inch lunch plate — can cut 100-200 calories per day.
Needless to say, though, nothing beats the good old combination of diet and exercise to further cut down weight. All you may need to do is find the right kind of diet and exercise that fits your lifestyle and personality.