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You may look crazy doing these things to lose weight, but they could actually work for you. Here are eight even more surprising things you need to know to lose weight and get the body you want. (We bet you didn’t know all of these)

#1 Drink Oil

You can lose weight by drinking 1-3 tablespoons of sugar water and/or 1-2 tablespoons of extra-light (not virgin) olive oil twice daily between meals. According to Seth Roberts, PhD, a professor of psychology, this curbs your appetite and dramatically lowers your body’s “set point” (the weight at which it naturally wants to settle).

 

#2 Eat Food With More Spices

Adding a wide variety of flavourful spices to your foods can help you control portion sizes and lose weight. Research shows that people eat less when their food tastes new and spicy (perhaps because we’re forced to pay attention to it?).

Nutritionists say: If you eat a variety of familiar, flavor rich foods, the brain stimulates hunger, raising the set point (the weight at which it naturally wants to settle) and causing weight gain. But if you consume foods with little or unfamiliar taste, the brain thinks the body must be starving (why else would you eat tasteless food?), thus lowering the set point and causing weight loss.

#3 Don’t Eat Under Soft Or Dim Lighting

Dim or soft lighting increases consumption in two ways, according to research from Cornell University. First of all, low lighting makes your environment more comfortable, which causes you to linger over a meal. Also, if you’re dining with other people, low lighting makes you less self-conscious about both your body and the dessert you’re chowing on, the researchers suggest.

 

#4 Speedy Tunes Can Lead You To Overeating

The faster the music’s playing at a restaurant, the faster you’ll eat, according to research from Scotland. That could be a good or bad thing depending on how much you’re served. Your eating speed can outpace your brain and belly’s ability to detect whether you’re full. So if you have a lot of big plates in front of you, speed eating may lead to overconsumption, the study shows.

#5 The More Friends You Dine Eat, The More You Eat

According to the study from Georgia State University, every buddy you add to your dinner party ups your consumption by about 11 percent. Friends tend to keep eating as long as someone else is still going at it. So the more pals you’re with, the longer the meal will last.

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#6 The More You Read, The More You Eat

Do you sit down to eat with a magazine? The longer the mag, the more you’ll eat. People who eat and read tend not to stop munching until they’ve flipped through the whole issue, shows a study from Finland.

 

#7 Ordering At Large Quantity

The bigger the package, the more you eat. For example, if you’re offered a jumbo chocolate bar or soda, you’ll consume 15 percent more than if the bar or bottle were small, shows research from theJournal of Marketing.

 

#8 Eating Sweets While Cooking Suppresses Your Appetite

For the cook who loves tasting as they go, licks, sips, and nibbles can add up fast, leaving you feeling as if you’ve already eaten a meal before it actually ends up on the table. To quell the tasting urge, experts recommend sucking on a highly flavored hard candy while you cook. The potent taste—think mint, cinnamon, or sour—will keep your taste buds busy, and the act of sucking will keep your mouth occupied.

What’s your take on this topic? Do you have a healthy weight loss success story to share, or have you overcome unhealthy atempts?

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