Friday, March 14, 2014

"New" Diet Tips That Work Better Than Old Ones

Okay, that headline is misleading because these tips aren't all that new.  They're simply a new approach to common sense thinking.

Thin Mints/Image via
Which got me thinking: how did we get so screwed up when it comes to eating?  Eat protein, don't eat fruit, eat every three hours, eat only bars, drink protein, don't drink protein, eat cookies to lose weight.  No wonder our relationships with food are so dysfunctional.

Okay, enough of a rant....back to the "new" weight loss tips:

Eat Less Often
This approach advocates eating fewer meals versus "six mini-meals" which was supposed to fire up our metabolism.  That never worked for me as I was always eating which caused a snowball effect and had me eating more food.  There's science behind this.  New research from the American Diabetes Association revealed that adults with type 2 diabetes who ate two meals a day lost more weight than those who grazed all day.

Here's the thing: they ate the same amount of calories.  The weight loss could be attributed to improved insulin sensitivity.

Don't Deprive Yourself
This is such smart advice.  There are certain foods on which I will binge because I haven't eaten them in two years.  (Thin Mints, anyone?)  Resisting foods all the time can backfire.  Eat what you enjoy.  Savor it.  Move on. Moderate indulgence is fine.  One cookie never hurt anyone.  25 does.

Walk After Meals 
I love this one as it reminds me when I'm on a European trip walking back to my hotel after a lavish lunch or dinner.  Interestingly, I always lose when I am in Europe.

Strolling after lunch (and shopping) in Paris
Walking after eating might be most effective.  Another diabetes-related study revealed that adults who walked for 15 minutes after each meal had better blood sugar levels than those who took a 45 minute morning walk.  Exercise helps muscles metabolize glucose more efficiently.  In turn, stable blood sugar means your metabolism works better.

Dine Out With Healthy Friends 
This works!  I'm not talking about calorie shaming but think of it as healthy peer pressure.  Friends who eat kale together, stay healthy together.  If your bestie decides to forgo the cheese fries, you're more likely to do the same.

Want More?  
Check out this article in from Yahoo.  It offers suggestions such as looking at pictures of your favorite foods while eating (not so sure about that one) as well as falling asleep and waking up at the same time of day.  I wish I could do that!

Have a new healthy living tip?  Please share it in the comments section!

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