By slicing your food into smaller pieces, you fool your brain into thinking you have more on the plate, which in turn slows down your food intake.
Japanese researchers from the National Food Research Institute have even scientifically proven that piles of sliced meats and vegetables looked larger when compared to food kept in whole pieces. Visual cues affect satiety so if you make your portions look larger with more pieces, you will feel full with less food.
2. Weigh Yourself Every Day
Most people do not think they lose weight on a daily basis but you may be surprised to learn that you do. Hence, by weighing yourself daily, you will feel more motivated in achieving your goal.
Many studies also show that more people lose more weight doing daily weigh-ins than those who do not.
3. Brush Your Teeth Right After Dinner
You may have been taught since young to brush your teeth after dinner and not eat anything after your teeth has been cleaned. This may be used to lose weight because it stops the after hours snacking, which can really pack on the pounds.
In addition, mint flavor in toothpaste has been reported to help suppress your appetite.
4. Make Your Own Homemade Salad Dressing
Store bought salad dressing not only contains hundreds of calories per serving, it also contains large amounts of sodium and fat.
By making your own dressing, you cut calories and fat with a very easy recipe like 2 parts lemon juice to 1 part oil. Keep your homemade salad dressing in a spray bottle and spritz your salad to control the amount dispensed.
5. Try Acupressure on Your Ear
Many studies show that Acupressure works for many things and weight loss is no exception. Try applying pressure to the flap of skin, which juts out right by your ear canal (not the earlobe), with your thumb and forefinger.
Activating this pressure point can put a hold on your growling stomach and stop you from having that Snicker bar that is calling out to you.
6. Switch Seats At The Dinner Table
The human mentality works such that, when people see that they can easily get second helpings, they usually do.
A study performed by Cornell researchers, who examined the eating habits of patrons at a Chinese buffet, noted that the people who sat facing the buffet line weighs more than those who sat facing the door.
The same principle goes when eating at home or at a party; sit or talk facing away from the serving area.
7. Place a Measuring Cup in Your Pantry
You will be surprised at how inaccurate measurements using the eyeballing technique really is. You tend to over-measure your food, thereby resulting in overeating.
Hence, place a measuring cup in your pantry you can be sure you are getting the right portion of food intake and you will not overeat.
Keeping your cereal servings to one cup and your pasta serving to one-quarter cup will help in your weight loss as well.