5 Incredibly Simple Weight Loss Tricks!

What if I told you there are some incredibly simple tricks to kick start or rev up your weight loss plan? Not fad diets. Not insane workouts. Just some very clever ways to trick your brain.  Hard to believe? Read on for tips on how to frame your mind to sculpt your body:

1. Eat in smaller dinnerware:

Ever noticed the size of plates at a buffet is often smaller than a la carte?  It's a way for restaurants to cut costs and reduce food wastage.  Our brains perceive the same amount of food served in a smaller plate or bowl as substantial.  Large plates make the same serving of food look smaller.  It's an optical illusion that's very effective in tricking our brain into believing we've eaten more than we actually have.  You can put this trick to use at home.  Eat healthy foods like salads in larger plates.  Eat desserts in smaller bowls.  Use tall thin glasses for high-calorie drinks.

2. Be a leftie at the movies:

Are you one of those people that can't enjoy a movie without digging into a bag of popcorn?  You're not hungry, the popcorn is stale, but you eat it out of habit.  Try eating with your non-dominant hand.  You'll find it slows you down considerably and the amount of buttery salty popcorn you eat is substantially less.  

3. Switch off the idiot box:

Are your mealtimes centered around the television?  This is a distraction that can easily lead to overeating.  Your brain is so wired with the images and sounds from the TV that it does not perceive a sense of satiety and you end up chomping down on food without stopping when you're full. Instead, make mealtimes all about the food.  Relish what you're eating without distractions.

4. Go grocery shopping when you're stuffed:

You're more likely to buy unhealthy, sugar-loaded, calorie-dense food when you're hungry.  Do your grocery shopping after a heavy meal.  It's easier to exercise your willpower and buy only healthy food when you're feeling full.  This will mean there are no unhealthy snacks to reach out for at home.  You can't eat what's not there.

5. Mirror, mirror on the (kitchen) wall:

Something as simple as a mirror on your refrigerator or in your kitchen can influence your eating habits.  Seeing your reflecting just as you're about to reach for the cream cheese can be the signal your brain needs to stop and make a healthier choice.

If you want to lose weight and keep it off, you'll have to try every trick in the book. These are five easy to implement tips, but they're not going to work in isolation - diet and exercise will have to part of the plan.

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