Ladies, you know how it is. As gals, our weight seems to fluctuate by 5 pounds throughout the month. Some of it is not entirely in our control and is due to hormonal factors (where we are in our cycle). But if your pants are fitting just a bit tight and you need to drop 5 pounds, I’ve found that there are ways you can do that almost effortlessly.
This is what works for me.
Trick Your Brain
It’s been said that all diets do is trick your brain into accepting less food. Your brain has a lot to do with your stomach, like it or not. Studies have shown that we really have no clue how much food we eat. Did you know one lab actually set up diners with a “bottomless” soup bowl (it was rigged underneath to constantly refill as the person ate), and they consumed nearly double the calories as the other diners, without feeling any more full? They simply couldn’t be convinced that they had eaten more calories until they looked under the table to see the way the equipment was rigged!
What’s the point? Sometimes we have to use little tricks to our advantage so we consume less food without feeling deprived.
Use a smaller plate. Ever noticed how vintage plates are much smaller than modern ones that practically resemble turkey platters? Ever noticed how we’re all getting bigger? Researchers say there is a connection between the size of the plate and the amount of food you dole out onto it. Makes sense.
Another trick pertains to eating out: When you get your order, immediately cut your food in half and put it in a to-go box. You will most likely only eat the food on your plate and take the rest home to eat later instead of gobbling it all down at once.
Never eat from a “bottomless” pit. In other words, don’t eat tortilla chips directly from the bag. Set a portion out, put the bag away, and eat those. You’ll be more aware of how much you’ve consumed.
Drink a glass of water before you sit down to eat. It will help you feel sated, sooner.
Another trick that works to dull your appetite? Drink a tablespoon of oil before you eat a meal. I know it sounds gross, but it really works. You can use olive oil if you like (in fact an entire diet was built around this trick, called the Shangri-La diet), but I prefer coconut oil because it tastes better and has many health benefits. The fat tells your brain that you’re full.
Go to bed earlier. There are two reasons this works: One is because you won’t be up snacking at night if you hit the sack early. Another is because when you’re well rested, you’re less likely to engage in stressed out, sleep deprivation induced carboholism. Try going to bed when your kids do, or shortly afterwards, for a few nights a week.
If you do these things over the next few days, you’ll likely drop a couple of pounds at least. Works for me!