Losing weight and shaping up doesn’t have to be so hard – try these easy new ways to get you eating well and exercising smarter.
1. SIT NEAR A WINDOW
You’ll eat more salad and sip fewer cocktails. ‘Sitting next to a window might make you more aware of how you look when you’re eating,’ says Dr. Brian Wansink, director of the Food and Brand Lab at Cornell University in the US. Translation: you look cute with a huge burger but even cuter with sushi and chopsticks.
2. STOP SUBSCRIBING TO FOOD PORN
Do you really need to follow your favorite bakery on Instagram? ‘You might think it’s harmless, but those images can have a huge impact on your choices,’ says GP Dr. Robert Kominiarek. After all, you can only ‘like’ so many shots of pasta before you end up dishing out fettuccine alfredo for dinner.
3. TREAT YOURSELF
Completely swearing off croissants or bacon could very well lead to a binge later on. ‘If there’s something you want but you know it’s an indulgence, serve yourself the equivalent of four mouthfuls of that food, and make sure you really savor it,’ says trainer Jessica Smith. Experts say that less really is more: our satisfaction dwindles with each bite we take.
4. KEEP VEGGIES WHERE YOU CAN SEE THEM
There’s a reason your skinniest friend has a bowl of fruit on her kitchen counter: research by Wansink and his colleagues reveals that you’re three times more likely to eat the first food you see than the fifth. Stash veg on the top shelf of your fridge, not in the crisper drawer, store raw nuts and dried fruits at eye level in your pantry, and pack instant-oats packets and whole-wheat crackers to place on your desk at work.
5. SEE RED
In a study, people who ate snacks off red plates took in fewer kilojoules than those who were served on white or blue plates. (Maybe because we associate red with caution.)