Updated: Feb 12, 2018 5:49 pm
With such a huge emphasis being placed on health and fitness nowadays (thank you, Instagram) it's easy to get wrapped up in the latest fads. That's why when we came across a lot of these weight loss hacks, we made sure to do our due diligence as journalists and research the heck out of them! We can't very well throw caution to the freakin' wind and recommend these things to y'all without knowing positively what effect these methods will have on the human body. Right? Right!
We can't very-well be positive, as we haven't tried them all ourselves. However, there's some seriously sturdy research to support that these seemingly wacky weight loss hacks pay off in spades (or better yet, in pounds).
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For all the bizarre weight loss hacks we could find, keep scrolling!
Light A Vanilla Scented Candle After Dinner
Personally, we'd rather eat a vanilla cupcake than light a vanilla candle, but we reckon that won't help weight loss, now will it? According Dr. Oz recommends a sort of aromatherapy approach. He says:
"No matter what body type you have, there's one constant among folks who are gaining weight and don't want to, which is that they have this continuous craving for food. Vanilla works centrally, it works in your brain... that scent will immediately give you that deep sense of calmness. This is the deep, emotional center of the brain that's being calm where our cravings live. And when those cravings are satiated, you don't go out there and sabotage your diet."
This actually makes a lot of sense! Of all the weight loss hacks we've seen in our day, this seems to be one of the logical and inexpensive (and will never result in explosive diarrhea like that damn lemon and cayenne pepper diet).
Watch Horror Movies
Researchers from the University of Westminster discovered that watching a 90-minute scary movie can burn up to 113 calories! Which, believe it or not, is the same as a 30-minute walk. Dr. Richard Mackenzie says of the university says:
"Each of the 10 films tested set pulses racing, sparking an increase in the heart rate of the case studies. As the pulse quickens and blood pumps around the body faster, the body experiences a surge in adrenaline. It is this release of fast-acting adrenaline, produced during short bursts of intense stress (or in this case, brought on by fear), which is known to lower the appetite, increase the basal metabolic rate and ultimately burn a higher level of calories."
Uh, did y'all read that clearly?! You can SIT on your COUCH and burn as many calories as taking a 30-minute walk. Where do we sign? Bring it on Stephen King, we've got some beer bellies to get rid of!
Tie A Ribbon Around Your Abdomen During Meals
Fitness guru, Valerie Orsoni's Le Petit Secret is pretty extreme, but if it's good enough for the French, it's good enough for us! Orsoni says:
“A number of French women wear a ribbon around their waist and underneath their clothes when they go out for dinner. It keeps them conscious of the tummy — particularly if the ribbon starts to feel tighter as the evening goes on!”
Frankly speaking, this seems a wee-bit extreme. Then again, if you can't feel yourself getting full during a meal, or worse, you don't STOP when you're full — this could potentially be a solid solution.
Only Keep Wrapped Candy Around
A study that appeared four years ago in the December issue of Appetite involving 60 women from Switzerland suggested that you'll eat less candy (and lose more weight) if the candy you surround yourself with is wrapped.
"Each group was allowed to eat from a bowl of 20 candies for five minutes. One group ate unwrapped candies while the other two ate wrapped candy. Of the wrapped candy test groups, one was instructed to place the wrappers in a nearby bowl and the other in a bin farther away. The participants in the unwrapped-candy group ate on average 5.5 pieces of candy while both wrapped-candy groups ate on average 3.6 candies."
In theory, we totally support this research. In reality? Erm, not so much. Wrapped or not, if you want to scarf down candy, you're going to scarf down candy.
Keep A Mirror In The Dining Area
While the last thing most people want to do is watch themselves eat, it turns out is has staggering weight loss benefits. Researchers at Cornell University’s Food and Brand Lab found that eating junk food in front of a mirror lessens the overall tastiness of the food — yeah, no sh*t. Lead researcher, Ata Jami says:
"A glance in the mirror tells people more than just about their physical appearance. It enables them to view themselves objectively and helps them to judge themselves and their behaviors in a same way that they judge others."
We'll take psychological torture for 500, Alex! This is just mean. Should you give this a whirl, just know you are literally bullying yourself into not being fat.
Take A Picture Of Your Food
It looks like food bloggers have been onto something all along! Who would have guessed? According to nutritionist, Joan Salge Blake author of Nutrition & You:
"Snapping photos and then looking back at them can make people stop and think before indulging. Even your virtuous salad may show your extra helping of cheese or deep-fried croutons."
OK, yeah, that makes sense! We mean, most people take pictures of their food nowadays anyway so this wouldn't be hard to continue to do from a more health-inclined perspective (as opposed to just sharing it on Instagram).
Be Aware Of The Color Of Your Place Setting
Eating is as much psychological as it is physical. The more you can trick your brain into thinking you've eaten more, the more likely you are to feel full. According to SELF the color of the plate you eat of makes a huge difference in consumption:
"New research shows that people eat less if there is a higher contrast in colors between the plate and the food. For example, if you eat a light-colored food like pasta off of a dark blue plate, you will probably eat less than if you eat the pasta off of a white plate. This is probably because the portion looks larger on a darker plate because it stands out more than it does on a lighter plate, where it just blends in."
If nothing else, this hack makes us really just how mind over matter weight loss can be! It's amazing to think that something as innocuous as plate color can make a difference, but rest assured, it can!
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