A Few Diet Tricks That Perhaps Might Possibly Could Help

I’ve become something of a diet tip junkie. Whenever I see web links or articles proclaiming to have 6, 8, 12 or 25 tips to help me shed 10, 20, or 25 pounds in 1, 2, 6, or 12 weeks, I immediately check them out. I know that most of them will be variations on the same themes–eat smaller portions on smaller plates while you’re drinking water and increasing your physical activity–but you just never know when you might read something new. Or even something phrased a little differently from the norm that makes me stop and think.

But mostly I just keep hoping that someone, somewhere will finally list Little Debbie Swiss Rolls as a superfood. No luck, so far, but I did stumble across a somewhat different article recently that I thought worthy of sharing: 6 Weird Diet Tricks That Really Work (Italics mine since it’s titles like this that get on my last nerve. We all know not everything works for every person)

This article’s central theme isf mindfulness, which I’m in favor of, and 1.5 of them are in my repertoire. You can follow the link above to read the whole article, but here’s the TippyToeDiegest version:
1) Put your snacks on a plate and sit down to eat them slowly, “even if it’s only for 20 minutes.” In theory, I do use this tip, only my snacks are usually placed on a paper towel. (I don’t like doing dishes!) Exceptions would be bananas and apples, yogurt sundaes, and my teaspoons of peanut butter. While I agree that eating out of the bag, bowl, or carton is generally a bad idea, what throws me off on this one is that 20 minutes to eat 1/4 cup of yogurt with chocolate drizzle seems a bit obsessive. But maybe that’s just me.

2) Pay cash for your food. The article suggests this will help people make healthier choices because cash is usually in limited supply. (Amen!) I pay by credit card, simply because I get points toward hotel stays. :)

3) Take up yoga. Apparently there’s a carry-over from yoga’s focus on posture and breathing that causes people to eat healthier. I have no clue if this is true, but I practice yoga at least 4 or 5 times a year, so I counted this one as 0.5 successful. Go me!

4) Eat one meal per week in total silence. They don’t mean to simply turn off the tv or radio. They mean total silence, as in NO TALKING or auditory stimulation of any sort. Supposedly it will help you savor more and be more aware. I’m all for savoring, but total silence would make me want to slit my wrists.

5) Declare your snacks! I don’t particularly care for the way it’s described in the article (eating when you’re not hungry is okay if you narrate what you’re doing), but I can testify that stating what I’m having for a snack before I get to the kitchen works for me. I have no quibbles about talking to myself, and this way there’s no grazing.

6) Start your meal with an orange. The act of peeling and segmenting should slow us down and the water content of the orange helps with satiety. I love oranges, but they’re a bit pricey this time of year. Tonight I peeled, sliced, and ate a pear while I prepared dinner. I think that should count as another 0.5.

So, 1.5-2.0 out of 6 isn’t that great a record, but that’s due to my own personal quirks.They’re not bad tips, per se, and just because they don’t really work for me doesn’t mean they won’t really work for you. Or maybe perhaps possibly some of them might help.

Are any of these tips in your trick bag?

Newsy item before I dash: I’ve finally signed on with Alltop, which if you don’t know already is a topical web article agregator that’s pretty darn useful for getting lots of articles on a single page. You can see what I’m reading HERE or check the left-hand sidebar for a widget with topics of interest. You can also click HERE to find a bunch of blogs about weight loss, including this one but that’s kind of irrelevant since you’re already reading this.

18 thoughts on “A Few Diet Tricks That Perhaps Might Possibly Could Help

  1. The only snack it takes me 20 minutes to finish versus 20 seconds is a latte. Sometimes I find that if I eat too slow, my bites are so small that I can’t savor them as much. Isn’t that weird?

    I do plate or dish my snacks for the most part. Sometimes just a napkin.

    I’ll wait until clementines are in season to the do orange thing. I pop those like candy 😀
    I have been trying really hard not to eat while preparing – as that is a big snack trigger for me.

  2. I have a rule about eating everything plated and sitting down to eat as well. I ends some mindless munching that use to happen while I cooked.

    Lots of good ideas, thanks for sharing them!

  3. I’m not sure where to begin! I’m lounging on my bed, computer on my knees, nibbling on a half of yellow squash and drinking a low-sodium V8. I already downed two boiled eggs and still have 2 tbsp of choc chips to go (later, for a snack). If I eat too close to the kitchen, I’ll eat more. This works for me.

    The squash and V8 are on my project binder when I’m typing. The boiled eggs were on a papertowel because I too hate doing dishes and it absorbs extra water from washing off bits of eggshell.

    I like oranges but can’t do them on low-carb. Maybe when I go to my next phase in Oct. Wait, wouldn’t the act of peeling my boiled eggs count as the same thing?

    I can’t imagine eating in total silence. It’s already quiet out here in the country, except for donkeys braying, chickens clucking, etc etc etc. I too would want to hurt myself! And 20 minutes for a quick snack? There are days when I can’t even do the snack!

    Thanks for the “food for thought”. Pun! Vee at http://veegettinghealthy.blogspot.com

  4. :) uhm I’m all for mindful eating, but I’m with you, 20 minutes for a snack…yeah, that’s not gonna happen! The meal in total silence…nope! 😉

    I’ll give the yoga a try, can’t hurt!

  5. They might be onto something with the cash tip. I think using cash for misc purchases is a good idea anyway. It’s a more concrete way of seeing where your money goes, and I am more likely to notice if I start to overspend.

  6. A trick I’ve read over and over – that really helps, when I remember it – is to drink a big glass of water. This works especially when in the evenings when I decide dinner really wasn’t enough and I go rummaging through my kitchen. If I down a large glass of water before rummaging, I generally find I’m not actually hungry after all by the time the glass is empty.

    I also try to really enjoy what I’m eating with eat bite and not just rush on to the next one… though I’m less successful with this than I’d like to be.

  7. for me the KEY to success is setting myself up for success.
    I ALWAYS have a plethora of healthy snacks in my purse and car.


  8. I have never heard of that Alltop site so thx!!!

    As you know about me.. I always say find what works for you & if one of those points above helps somebody, all the better!

    I certainly portion control, use smaller plates, take no box or packaging with me, only the portioned snack & more.

    Eating in total silence ain’t gonna happen with me! :-) I savor my meals no matter what!

  9. I had heard that yoga one and was thinking it would be a great bonus if it was true. I heard the color blue slows eating. And if you don’t want to paint your walls blue, it is suggested you use blue placemates or dishes. Hmm.

  10. I love those tips…the one about one meal in silence is a great idea..all 3 meals, like some suggest, is impossible!

  11. Me, too, a paper towel! Is that .005?

    “Cultural schism” – I might have to borrow that! I had to look up “schism”. I bow to your vocabulary.

    I have noticed that CS. I think that girls in those cultures are often raised by overweight low-income moms who have a lot more to worry about than their weight. Thus, their bad eating habits/no exercise lifestyle is passed to daughters, but–and this isn’t necessarily a bad thing–the shame of being overweight is not even on the radar screen. Also, the boys in those cultures are accustomed to being around overweight women, so they are more accepting of it.

    It’s us Caucasian women that have the Christie Brinkley/Courtney Cox/Kathy Ireland/fill-in-the-name-of-any-revered-white-super-model-or-actress syndrome about our weight. Ya know?

  12. I get that many of those tips are about mindful eating. I think expecting all snacks to take the same amount of time to eat or that eating in total silence is necessary to focus on your food is over the top. I am not sure about the paying cash thing – just sounds like it means you could use a vending machine!

    But I do click on those articles, too!! And thanks for the tip on Alltop – I saw it to the left of the post and was wondering about it!

  13. I like the idea of talking to yourself and narrating the meal. Kinda like having my own cooking show. I’d have trouble with the eating in silence, tho’. I’m a chatterbox by nature. Dining with Hubby Dearest or alone, I’d be talking up a storm. The idea of the orange is a new one to me. I think I like the concept, tho’.

  14. I’ve gotta say, I’ve recently become pretty annoyed with how similar all diet tips are- I guess it’s because people are still hoping to find a tip that will say- “you no longer need to exercise” or something like that. I think everything is much more simple than we make it :)

  15. these are great!! It seems like the day for tips. Karen at Waisting Time had a great one too. I’m gathering all the “tools” I can right now.
    Thanks for this!

  16. Good tips. I like the emphasis you place on the fact that not everything will work for everyone. That’s so true!
    I think the weight loss journey is actually a very personal one and everyone needs to find what works for them.
    For me becoming a ‘food detective’ was the key (and more physical activity) – ie learning as much about food as I can, reading labels, know the nutritional content, rough calorie count etc…
    It possibly drives a few people nuts, but doing this kind of becomes a habit after a while!!
    Anyhow, thanks for your site – it’s great to meet other people so enthused and passionate about healthy living!!

  17. I am a big yoga advocate. I have been doing it for more than 10 years and it really has helped me with my health, eating habits, weight, and life in general. I believe it sitting down to eat but agree that 20 minutes for a snack is unrealistic in our busy times. I think the more tips and ideas the better, since we are all individuals and must ultimately find a personal approach. For more great tips you might want to check out Mindless Eating by Brian Wansink. It is full of ways to trick your brain into being satisfied with less.

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