You may be so used to the usual pedestrian ideas to lose weight and if so are probably hungry for something slightly different to help shed the pounds. Let’s face it, some diets often fail badly because we get bored and feel as though we are living in a straight jacket. So with that in mind here are 12 unusual ways to help you lose weight and keep it off for the long haul.
1. Eat in front of your ‘fat’ photo
Find your most dreaded fat photo and let it motivate you away from a life of fat. As you eat your meal be proud of eating more slowly and leaving food on your plate as you look at the photo in front of you. Let it remind you that the days of looking like you do in that photo have gone for good because fat in your life really is old news.
2. Smell your food before diving in
It’s said that we eat with our eyes as well as our stomachs, but we also eat with our noses. Studies have found that the stronger the food smells, the smaller the bite a woman takes and the overall amount she eats. Since, scent plays a key role in satisfaction, take a moment or two to smell your food before you dive in, and add aromatic seasonings to meals, like fresh ginger, basil, cinnamon, or rosemary, to enhance the sensory experience.
3. Put warning signs around the house
Create warning signs that read ‘FAT OFF’ and place them in the danger zones such as by the fridge, close to the junk food goodies in the kitchen, and also in the car as many often nibble away as they drive. Let these warning signs motivate you to be proud of not diving into eating too much.
4. Visit your closet three times a day
Deliberately visit the closet three times daily and touch the clothes you want to be wearing. As you do this let it elevate your motivation to eat less, eat better and move more. Feel the excitement as you begin imagining yourself slipping into your favourite outfit that you see hung up.