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Weird diet tricks that really work - #5 of 6

Friday, August 27, 2010

DO DOWNWARD DOG

Hit the mat at yoga class. Try Anusara, a style focused on alignment and concentration.

WHY IT WORKS

People who did yoga regularly had a lower body-mass index than those who didn't. But don't credit calorie burn: Yogis were more mindful when dining-which helped them feel satisfied without overeating. The practice teaches people to tune in to their body, a key skill for sensing fullness. Remind yourself that if you can stand to hold Pigeon pose for six minutes, you can resist those brownies, too.

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LLLAWSON 8/27/2010 5:23PM

    Love yoga. Need to do more. It makes me feel so much calmer. emoticon

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55WALKER 8/27/2010 7:36AM

    I'm still loving these. Hope there will be a sequel.
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Weird diet tricks that really work - #4 of 6

Thursday, August 26, 2010

CARRY MORE CASH

Keep dollars and cents on hand when you head to Starbucks, happy hour or dinner out.

WHY IT WORKS

People who pay for their food with cash make healthier purchases than people who pay with debit or credit cards. Consider paper money an easy willpower booster: It appears that people who pay with cash give more thought to what they buy and are more conscientious of the nutritional value of their purchases. So someone paying this way could be more likely to choose an apple instead of a cookie.

  
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LLLAWSON 8/27/2010 5:24PM

    Interesting.

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DENI_ZEN 8/26/2010 10:04PM

    It's so true - credit-card purchases often fail to "register" in our minds, so we feel as if we haven't really exchanged $$ for something. I imagine that's especially true with food! - Sandi emoticon

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Weird diet tricks that really work - #3 of 6

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

EAT CHEETOS OFF CHINA

Use plates and utensils whenever you snack, and sit down to enjoy your nibble, even if it's for only 20 minutes.

WHY IT WORKS:

People were more likely to perceive food as a snack if they finished eating it in 10 minutes or ate while standing up. On the other hand, sitting down for 30 minutes made people more likely to count the grub as a meal - which might have helped them feel more satisfied and turn down extra food later on. Break out the good tableware: Using ceramic plates and cloth napkins also made diners more likely to consider food a meal.

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LLLAWSON 8/27/2010 5:25PM

    LOL!! I agree, I like cloth napkins and making it special no matter what it is.

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DENI_ZEN 8/25/2010 10:29AM

    What a great idea, Judy! And I can see why it would work. Putting any food on nicer tableware formalizes the meal, burning it into ALL the senses and helping the body remember, "We ate this!" Plus, it just makes eating a good deal more pleasant than eating out of bags and boxes - or just on the fly. Excellent! - Sandi emoticon

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55WALKER 8/25/2010 7:41AM

    But does anyone want to savor their Cheetos (or whatever junk food) or are they merely consuming an addictive substance?
If I sat down to a plate of Cheetos I would realize that I was consuming junk and then be less inclined to eat it. Hmmm. I like where this is going. It's the "mindful eating" thing.
I know you weren't speaking of Cheetos specifically but it is an interesting train of thought you set off for me.
Are you coming up with these blogs out of random thoughts or do you have another source? I'm enjoying them.

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Weird diet tricks that really work - #2 of 6

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

TALK TO YOURSELF

If the opening notes of Saturday Night Live have you reaching for ice cream, announce to yourself and anyone else around, "I'm not hungry, but I am going to eat this anyway."

WHY IT WORKS:

Enjoy your favorite foods, because outlawing them can lead to a binge. But narrating your indulgence can make the difference between a small splurge and a sugar bender. When you say out loud that you want a treat, you become aware of what you're eating and why. You might still opt for Chunky Monkey, but you'll be less likely to eat the entire carton.

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SVELTINGTON 8/24/2010 3:04PM

    I'll try it. Thanks!

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DENI_ZEN 8/24/2010 12:30PM

    I'm developing what I call the "aftervoice" to help in such situations. Where grabbing for the Chunky Monkey (lol...but I love Ben & Jerry's) seems inevitable, I sort of "insert" another thought: "NO to THAT!" So no more "reflexive" munching. It's like interrupting the process with a contrary thought...and so far, so good... - Sandi emoticon

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PJSTIME 8/24/2010 7:32AM

    People around us might think we are a little crazy but if it works thats ok. THanks. PJ

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Weird diet tricks that really work-#1 of 6

Monday, August 23, 2010

START WITH AN ORANGE.

Peel the sweet, juicy citrus fruit before sitting down to lunch on a crazed day.

WHY IT WORKS:

The orange takes time & effort to peel, which forces you to slow down and helps stimulate the senses, so you're more aware of what you're eating automatically. Plus, the water-rich fruit can help you feel fuller before you lift a fork. Even mild dehydration can lead you to feel hungrier that you are. To temper your tempo at other meals, mimic the pace you used to eat the orange, or sip water between bites.

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LLLAWSON 8/27/2010 5:26PM

    Good idea. Never heard this one before.

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SVELTINGTON 8/23/2010 4:04PM

    Great advice!

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