Diet, exercise, portion control, food swaps, and other “traditional” tactics are all great methods of weight loss. However, even those who take these steps can struggle to shed unwanted pounds. Others may follow these habits at times, but otherwise allow healthy eating and exercise to fall by the wayside.
Luckily, there are some “different” and effective solutions you can turn to. In this article, we explore 5 weird ways to lose weight without dieting to help you on your way to weight loss!
1. Time your meals
The next time you sit down to a meal, set a timer for twenty minutes before you take a bite.
Pacing yourself while eating allows you to enjoy smaller portions of food for longer. More importantly, eating slowly gives the body time to register when you first begin to feel full. This will help trigger your hunger hormones, which signal that you’re full, helping you avoid the overeating that leads to weight gain.
2. Change your glassware
Your plates, glasses, and bowls have a lot to do with how much you eat and can significantly help with portion control.
This boils down to nothing more than common sense: If you put food on a larger plate or in a larger bowl, you’re more likely to increase portion sizes. Similarly, the shape of your glass can affect how much you drink. In fact, studies show that people tend to pour and drink more out of short, wide glasses than they do tall, thin glasses. And, because liquid calories are the most culpable in ruining diets, it’s important to take note of these weird facts!
3. Try yoga
And no, that doesn’t mean you should just try one class!
A study from the Journal of the American Dietetic Association found that those who regularly practice yoga have a more mindful approach to eating and weight loss. This self-awareness helps prevent overeating, leading to weight loss.
4. Pause while you eat
When you start eating, do you ever put down your knife and fork? Or do you continue to hold them and work on your food from beginning to end?
Taking a few minutes to pause and put down your fork can help you better recognize when you’re full. More importantly, it gives your body a chance to catch up with your mind so your hunger hormones work as they should, telling you when you’ve had enough.
5. Start with soup
Starting your meal with a broth-based soup full of vegetables will help to fill you up and you’ll eat less throughout the meal. Minestrone soup is a great option. All you need is some broth and fresh or frozen vegetables for an easy appetizer to a lot of your favorite meals.
The best part is that soups like this are low in calories and high in fiber, helping you feel fuller, eat less, and drop more weight without “dieting.”
Lose weight the weird way
When it comes to weight loss, you should always try to exercise, eat healthily, and follow other traditional methods. But when you want to send your weight loss into overdrive, try these five weird tactics to see what works for you!