We hear the term weight loss in today’s day and age so often that it has almost become the common goal of humanity. It is essentially a necessity for the lifestyle that we have adopted today to keep our calories in check and our bodies up and running.
Most weight loss programs, be it diets, tips and/or hacks, are often overlapping and generalizable and ask the followers to keep their morale high and have enough self-motivation, determination, and control.
Do not get me wrong. These diet plans are definitely helpful and can produce awesome results if “followed to the T”. But what happens most of the time is that we fail to conquer the basic human nature of procrastination and laziness. 🙁
But what if I told you that there are some completely bizarre and previously unheard of weight loss techniques which can be super fun to try out! Not only do they help you diet but have a higher rate of compliance because of their unique nature and weird contents.
I mean it just human nature to be curious, right?
So fasten your seatbelts as we now enter the museum of “Unique Diets and Weight Loss Tips”!
1. Adding an Extra Portion Of Pickles
This one is for all of those pickle lovers out there! These brined foods not only add up to the quality of your meal but also prove to be effective in managing that figure of yours.
As we all would know that the main ingredient that goes into making pickles is the now and only – Vinegar. According to scientists, the acetic acid in vinegar (which is the only major ingredient) can help reduce blood pressure, blood sugar levels and lipid production in the body.
So get those pickles in your body!
2. Eat Fewer Bites of Your Meals
This is one seems pretty obvious, right?
But what we fail to comprehend is the magnitude of difference that this one can make. Also, most of us are not aware of how many bites we intake but research shows that each one of us has a few constant numbers.
If one eats just 3 lesser bites a meal or does not take that last spoon of rice in dinner, it can make a difference of up to 80-100 calories a day!
To make following this easier treat it like a game or a test ins which you have to achieve a certain score.
3. Not Rushing Your Meals
Many people in France have been following these methods traditionally through generations and it has correlated well with modern research.
Biological Fact: It is interesting to note that your brain actually takes up to 20-30 minutes to get signals from your stomach that it is full! Seems like the brain and the stomach are not best friends, right. 😛
Even though we are told since childhood to “concentrate” on our food when eating, it can be damn helpful to actually not think about it and binge watch or chat with your family!
This is because when you sit down on the dining table and start a conversation with someone, it encourages in taking lesser intake.
4. Drinking Wine
This one just might be my favorite one. 😛
Who doesn’t like a glass of red wine after a long and tiring day or just the first thing one in the morning? ( Hey no judgment if you are that kind of a person) 🙂
Many believe/know that drinking wine, especially red, has a lot of health benefits. In fact, it is also recommended by professionals to have a glass of good quality wine regularly.
But an additional benefit that will make all the people on the lookout for losing weight very happy is that it helps losing weight!
You heard me right! In fact, a lot of research has also shown that women tend to not put on weight (i.e., more than men) when they had wine in a moderated amount.
5. Drinking Olive Oil
Oils are usually used for cooking, right? Have you ever thought of drinking them?
Seth Roberts, a famed author, has found that drinking one to two tablespoons of olive oil between meals, twice daily can help curb your hunger pangs and raise the tendency to eat less, thus, reducing weight in a slow and continuous fashion.
Also, we all have heard about the various other properties of olive oil such as anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory. So it is many birds with one stone, if you may.
6. Clicking Pictures of Your Food
More than any other thing in the world, food is the most picturesque, am I right? 😛
Clicking one (or a hundred) pictures of food for social media has been a growing thing since its advent. It definitely makes for good social media content.
But it has two hidden benefits. Firstly, you would be able to easily keep track of your calorie intake in case you have not noted it down in a particular place.
Secondly, you have now announced everyone that you are eating which increases your accountability and conscious eating habits.
So, pull out the cameras!
7. Blue All the Way!
One of the most subtle albeit major cues that restaurants use to increase your appetite is the color that surrounds your table. According to various researches, there are certain colors that can increase or decrease your food intake.
The color blue has been found to be a color that discourages more eating. So you can use this little psychological trick to control your diet.
Paint your walls and tables blue and maybe even use blue cutlery and table-clothes.
8. Sniffing Vanilla and/or Lavender
All of us have a sweet tooth at one point or another. Or rather a strong craving to have that piece of cake right now. Are you having troubles controlling this craving of yours?
Research by Alan R. Hirsch, MD, of the Smell & Taste Treatment and Research Foundation in Chicago has found that when their participants sniffed an apple or banana they tended to eat lesser than others who ate without sniffing first.
Similarly, lighting up lavender or vanilla-scented candle after dinner can drastically reduce your cravings as the brain thinks that you are eating them.
9. Sitting in Front of The Mirror While Eating
We all know how difficult it can be to maintain self-discipline. It is definitely one of those things that are easier said than done.
What sitting in front of a mirror can help you do is that basically keep an eye on yourself. It literally represents a reflection of your goals and inner desires. Research has found that people tend to eat only one-third of what they would have!
10. Shift To a Well-lit Area When Eating
Do you know why restaurants dim lights and play mellow, slow music? Creating an atmosphere is the overt reason but actually, these are tricks that encourage overeating and mindless ordering.
If you eat in similar conditions regularly, it can lead to having more than you intended to. Hence, when having a meal, go to a sunny or at least a well-lit area. This way you know exactly what you are having and are mindful.
11. Making Your Goal More Evident
One thing that helps a lot of in motivating yourself for achieving any kind of goal is to make it conspicuous physically.
The easiest way to do this is to make a nice and attractive vision board that would include all your goals preferably in the form of pictures and big slogans.
12. Eating More When the Sun Is Out
This is one sentence that we have often heard from our parents and grandparents. In fact, eating a heavy breakfast is a common practice in many traditions.
Eating a heavy breakfast would not only lesser intake during lunch and dinner but would also give your digestive system optimal time to digest food properly and not convert any Ito LDLs or fatty acids.
13. Sitting in the Right Spot
Many cultures have distinct ways of sitting on the dining table. In some places, people prefer to sit on the ground whereas some places deem it inappropriate to not use proper cutlery.
But did you know that the place you sit at also has a massive influence on how much you eat?
Experiments have shown that if you sit at the end of the table you are less likely to overeat because mostly the trays and dishes are positioned in the center!
Facing away from the buffet or the bar is an even better option.
14. Link Your Daily Routine With Exercises
How many times have you just gotten bored of opening your emails or doing the dishes and zoned out?
So here is an interesting way that would not only increase your productivity but up your fitness game. Every time you finish opening 10 mails or do 5 dishes, put on your favorite dance music and jump around!
This not only makes your day more jolly and fun but also helps you shed a few pounds in a jiffy!
15. Sleeping In a Cold Room
Most of us tend to keep the thermostat at a constant temperature in the whole house. What if I tell you that just by reducing the temperature by a few degrees you can increase your metabolism?
Whenever your body faces chiller external temperature, it tends to burn up fats in order to provide heat and maintain homeostasis. This, in turn, leads to weight loss, even if on a subliminal level.
16. Checking Your Vitamins And Meds
Many antihistamines and vitamins can have a high level of sugar which we may not be aware of. Also, many anti-antihistamines block the natural production of histamines which help in the breakdown of fatty acids.
Research has shown that those who take these meds are on average a 10 pounds heavier than non-takers.
17. Wear High Clothes To Dinner
One thing that we are afraid of is ripping our dresses or breaking a button or two. But have we all not heard of the phrase “Turning our weakness into our strengths”?
Use this fear motivation to manage your food intake by consciously making your orders.
You can also tighten your pants or dress by adding a belt.
18. Paying By Cash At Restaurants
We are all immensely proud of the money that we earn by sweat and blood. And we certainly do not wish to waste or spend too much of it.
By paying in cash, we manipulate our minds into thinking we are spending a lot. Hence, you actually end up sending lesser than you intended to!
Not only is this a diet hack but also helps in saving them bills!
19. Invest In Your Workout Clothes
Who does not like shopping? Well even if you don’t you would definitely like new clothes!
And you would be lying to me if you say that you have not started a diet and workout plan by buying new gym clothes. Some may say that it is a waste of money but I am here to tell you that it can be a motivation!
When you buy those new and fresh you mentally prepare yourself to get out of bed in the morning and wear your new purchases to a great workout.
You also become more accountable to yourself to justify the money you have spent.
20. Pay Yourself For Every Pound You Lose
As we all know, money is a really really strong motivator. So if you were to keep a jar or diary to keep an account for how many pounds you have lost, it will be easier for you to keep count.
But also, you would be constantly reminded of how far you have come and then whenever you hit a particular sub-goal, you can reward yourself with maybe a new dress or that new perfume you always wanted.
21. Choosing A Special Workout Playlist
Music is food for the soul is something that we often hear. And it is true as melody often affects our moods and behavior at a deep level.
Hence, if you were to invest time into making a playlist to get you into the workout mode according to your taste you would have so much fun and would definitely look forward to those workout sessions.
22. Download a Workout App
Working out can be even more fun for those type-A Personality people if you were to follow a carefully curated schedule for you which is now offered by numerous apps and websites.
These plans can vary according to your preferences and so does the cost. Most of them are really cool and have proven to be very effective. Do give them a try!
23. Taking Multivitamins
No, I am not talking about those ”magic weight loss pills” which are most certainly a scam. For optimal functioning of the body, you would obviously need a balance of nutrients and vitamins.
According to the International Journal of Obesity, vitamin and mineral substitutes can actually reduce body weight by improving lipid profiles and, thus, increased energy expenditure and fat oxidation (Source). Hence, you could consult your dietician to check what would be the supplements you would require to have the optimal workouts.