1/2/2013 7:53:00 AM
I know, I know. Why do we keep making the same resolutions over and over again, year after year, if they're supposed to work. Well, according to statistics, people who explicitly make resolutions are 10 times(!) more likely to achieve their goals than those who don't explicity make resolutions.
After years of not making resolutions - my argument has been that I should try every day to achieve my goals, not just wait for the new year - I can now see why it makes sense to have specific goals with a clear start date.
The 'Statistic Brain' website also lists the most common resolutions people make. Any guess what tops the list? Yep, Losing weight.
Throughout the month we'll have tips for keeping your resolutions, and we start today with weight loss. But we're not even going to discuss food yet. Today's tips are about small lifestyle changes you can make, adjustments that you can become habit for the rest of your life. All of these have been proven to help with weight loss by changing HOW you eat rather than WHAT you eat.
1. Sit down to eat. When you eat on the run you lose awareness of how much you're eating, making you more likely to overeat. And because you haven't had a chance to really appreciate your food, you may find yourself feeling 'cheated' and want to eat more.
2. Take your time. It takes the body about 20 minutes to register a feeling of satiety. When you wolf down a meal you're likely to go back fro seconds before you've had a chance to process the first portion. Then you eat too much, and end up feeling stuffed and bloated.
3. Use smaller plates. Sounds silly, but research has shown that when your plate is smaller, you're likely to take smaller portions and still feel like it's a lot of food.
4. Eat small amounts often. Did you ever notice that some of the thinnest people seem to be eating all the time? When you eat often it keeps your metabolism going, helping you burn more calories. Again, remember the key phrase, 'small amounts'.
5. Bring your lunch to work. You have more control of what you eat and what's IN what you eat when you prepare your own food rather than eating restaurant food. You also have more control of when you eat, and you're less likely to find yourself skipping lunch, then resorting to junk food to carry you until you can get some real food.
6. Don't go grocery shopping when you're hungry. Can we talk impulse purchases? Eat a meal or a snack before you head to the supermarket to help you make better choices of items to put in the cart. You'll also end up spending less when you're not impulsively buying quick snacks that you can dig into on the way home because you're starving!
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