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.