Is it possible to lose weight without dieting or exercising? Yes, if you make a few tiny changes in your lifestyle. Here’s how, according to Dr. Lawrence Cheskin, director of the Johns Hopkins Weight Management Center:
- Play slow music during meals. People who eat while listening to slow music eat half as fast as those listening to loud, upbeat music. And people who eat slowly feel full, sooner, and are less likely to finish their food, or ask for seconds.
- Don’t eat near red and orange. Whether it’s the plates, napkins, tablecloth, or walls, research shows that red and orange stimulate the part of your brain that boosts appetite. Why do you think all the fast food places are red, orange and yellow? Instead, decorate your dining area in blue – a natural appetite suppressant.
- It also helps to eat by a window. Bright light boosts your brain’s appetite-suppressing hormones. In fact, an extra hour of natural light each day will reduce your cravings, especially for calorie-rich carbs, like bread and pasta.
- Sit down. Research shows that people who stand, tend to eat mindlessly. But sitting gives you a real sense of how much you’re eating, so you eat less.
- Keep the serving dishes off the table. You’ll be less likely to have seconds – or thirds – if the food isn’t right in front of you.