6. Spice Things Up
As Emeril Lagasse would say, kick it up a notch! Add fiery seasonings like cayenne pepper and red pepper flakes to your meals. The more intense flavors will have you feeling satisfied with a smaller portion of food.
7. Sleep in a Cold Room
Switch on your body’s internal furnace and burn more calories during the night by sleeping in a cold room.
8. Check Your Meds
If you’re checking all the weight loss boxes and are still having trouble keeping the pounds off, take a second look at any medications you’re taking. Common antihistamines (allergy pills) block the body’s natural histamines and can impact your fat breakdown. Birth control pills may cause fluid retention, which can lead to weight gain.
9. Phone a Friend
Hold yourself accountable by telling a friend or family member about your weight loss goals, then keep them updated regularly on your progress. You might enlist their help by asking them to prompt you, checking in on how well you’re sticking to your weight loss plan.
10. Use the Glycemic Index
If keeping track of your health-conscious diet is making your head spin, try eating according to the Glycemic Index. The index, or GI, measures your body’s glucose response to certain foods. Stick to foods that rank low (below 50) or medium (between 50 and 70) on the scale, and practice proper portion control. Visit the Glycemic Index Foundation for more information and to see how certain foods rank.
11. Flip-flop Your Meal Sizes
For many of us, dinner is still the largest meal of the day, though nutritionists have long been telling us it shouldn’t be. Make breakfast your largest meal to rev up your metabolism and give you fuel for the day. Eat a light, medium sized lunch and a small dinner for optimal calorie burn.
12. Go to Bed Earlier
This one’s simple reasoning: the longer you’re awake, the more time you have to get hungry and fall into a snacking trap. Hit the hay earlier each night to curb cravings. Set the alarm clock a little earlier instead and enjoy the extra time to exercise, meditate or meal prep.