Whether you’re trying to cut down your calorie intake or have always wished for a flatter tummy, diets can be exhausting.
And with winter upon us, a huge bowl of salad is the last thing any of us want to chow down on after getting home from work.
Fortunately, increasing research into our eating habits means that simple, everyday hacks could assist your weight loss without your having to make huge sacrifices.
From switching off the television come dinnertime to sitting at the table with friends and family, these are a few genius ways to lose weight without having to go on a diet.
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Don’t eat on the move
Studies have shown that eating on the move can lead to weight gain.
Simply taking a seat at the table with friends or family will help you to register the fact that you have eaten a meal. In theory, you will feel fuller than if snacking on the go. [Photo: Getty]
Keep a food diary
Pandora Symes, holistic nutritionist and founder of Rooted London, told The Independent: “Start a journal and note down what you ate, why, how it made you feel and how hungry you were on it on a hunger scale of 1 (ravenous) and 10 (not hungry at all). To understand your relationship with food, you have to connect with it, and seeing it on paper allows exactly this.” [Photo: Getty]
Switch off any distractions
A recent study discovered that switching off electronic distractions such as the television can help people to lose weight. By chewing slowly and really concentrating on our food, it can enable us to lose six times more weight than people who watch television during mealtimes. [Photo: Getty]
Give yourself at least 30 minutes to eat a meal
Research indicates that giving yourself at least 30 minutes to eat your meal can enable you to lose weight, as you will feel fuller more quickly. [Photo: Getty]
Drink two glasses of water before chowing down
Dehydration can often be confused with hunger. Simply drinking two glasses of water can help indicate if you are in fact hungry. If after half an hour you still feel peckish, it’s time to prep your dinner. [Photo: Getty]
Eat when you’re hungry
Listen to your body. If you had a large lunch and still feel full by dinnertime, do you really need a full meal? But make sure not to skip breakfast, as research suggests that skipping the “most important meal of the day” can lead to weight gain — especially in women. [Photo: Getty]
It’s all about the mindset
A recent experiment discovered that labeling a bowl of pasta a “snack” rather than a “meal” made people eat more later on.
Those who stood up to eat the “snack” ate more chips and chocolate later in the day, while those who sat down and ate the meal on a plate were far less interested in the treats offered later.