People do the craziest things to lose weight. From diet pills to straight water fasts, it seems like the human imagination has no bounds. Some work, some don’t. Some can help detox your body and bring about healing, where others can actually be quite harmful.
These bizarre weight loss tricks, however, have no side effects and can be started right away. Try them and watch. They work!
1- Pray Your Way to Shedding Off the Pounds
The scientific benefits of prayer are profound and the research behind its effect on alternating brain pattern is fascinating. Like Alzheimer’s and dementia, the explanation behind prayer’s efficacy in helping people lose weight may lie in its ability to change four specific zones of the human brain: the limbic system, parietal lobe, frontal lobe, and anterior cingulate.
2- Learn From the Blue Zones
Blue Zones are places where groups of people have the longest life spans and are reported as being some of the happiest people in the world. Sent on assignment to find what makes these places so different, The National Geographic Society’s Dan Buettner found a unique tradition that has helped prevent the ancient Japanese culture of Northern Okinawa from over-eating. The Okinawans have a 3,000-year-old proverb that they say before each meal to remind them to stop eating when their stomach is 80% full. Credited to Confucius, this tradition can be adopted by anyone.
Whether you pray before a meal or normally dive right in, start taking a brief moment before eating and say, “This food is a blessing to my body, although too much of it will hurt me. I will stop eating before I am full.”
3- Decorate With Blue & Green
Use color psychology to your advantage. Research has shown that “warm” colors like yellow and red can stimulate the appetite, whereas green and blue suppress it. Just think about the iconic golden arches and bright yellow benches that have symbolized McDonald’s and Subway over the years! Try serving dinner on blue and green plates and cover your table with a blue and green tablecloth. Have fun with it. Dress your family with matching blue/green outfits and take this to the next level!
4- Choose Your Seat Wisely
Since most foods congregate in the middle the table, be sure to choose a seat near the end of the table at your next dinner party. You will be less likely to eat seconds and snack between courses.
Conviction comes with knowledge and if you stay up on the latest information to stay fit and eat the right foods you’ll be more likely to choose the healthy option next time. Sign up for a natural health e-newsletter. Daily email reminders will reinforce positive behaviors and give your conscious a fighting chance to make the right decision next time you are tempted with some calorie-dense treats. “They’re crammed with clever tricks,” says Joy Bauer, nutritionist and author of Joy Bauer’s Food Cures, who sends out her own daily tip sheet. According to ABC Local News, Bauer cites a Kaiser Permanente study reporting that people will eat greater quantities of fresh fruits and veggies and consume fewer unhealthy fats if they read health-related newsletters. They even exercised more!
6- Turn Off the Tube
Stand aside baseball, people now sit in front of the tube for 4 hours and 39 minutes every day, placing T.V. watching as American’s #1 pastime. Try cutting your tube-time in half for one week and fill your time playing with your kids, do some gardening, or take an evening stroll with your honey. You’ll burn lots of calories and have lots of fun!