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Trying to lose weight? Find trusted information on what works and what doesn’t.
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    You are ready to lose weight. But you're tired of hearing all of those outdated and proven weight loss tips like eating more veggies, limiting portions, and exercising more.  Here are nine diet tips you may not have heard yet. Some involve different ways of eating or adding certain foods to your diet. Others involve learning new behaviors or strategies to help keep you on track.


    Weight loss tips no. # 1: variety is overrated

    Who hasn't heard the advice to "try a little bit of everything" if you're at the buffet?

    But it turns out the strain doesn't deserve its good reputation, says Dawn Jackson Blatner, RD, a Chicago dietitian and author of the Flexitarian Diet.

    “We know that variety makes you eat more,” he says, citing several published studies and his own experience counseling weight loss patients.

    For example, researchers in France found that study participants ate more French fries when offered ketchup and mayonnaise next to them. And when given the option of having cream or whipped cream with their brownies, they ate more than when offered plain brownies.

    Other researchers have found that people who have been successful in maintaining weight loss tend to eat diets with limited variety.


    Weight Loss Tips no. # 2: have barley for breakfast

    “Barley is the new oats,” says Jackson Blatner.

     Barley gained a reputation for fighting hunger after Swedish researchers found that eating barley or rye for breakfast kept blood sugar levels in balance. This is because the carbohydrates in barley and rye grains have a "low glycemic index", which means they raise your blood sugar more slowly than other carbohydrate foods. This allows you to prevent your blood sugar from spiking and then falling, which can make you hungry.

    A word of warning: "Buy lightly shelled barley, not pearl barley," Blatner says. Swedish researchers used minimally processed in-shell barley and cannot explain the same effects for more processed forms, like pearl barley.


    Weight loss tips no. # 3: beef up your lunch salad

    One of the most common mistakes dieters make is eating a vegetable salad with little to no dressing for lunch, says Joan Salge Blake, RD, professor of nutrition at Boston University and Porte - spoken by the American Dietetic Association. “Then they starve to death in the middle of the afternoon,” he says.

     A salad is a great option, he says, if you add a little protein and a little fat to help you feel fuller for longer.

     Top your veg with a 3-ounce piece of chicken breast and you've added about 26 grams of protein, but only 140 calories. Add about two tablespoons of light dressing and your salad can fill up enough to exceed 3 p.m. Hunger disappears without touching the vending machine.

     

    Weight loss tips n. # 4: stock up on frozen vegetables

    Of course, fresh vegetables are delicious and nutritious. But faced with the need to scrape a carrot, wash and slice a zucchini, or cut broccoli into blooms, many of us say, “Too many problems! and pick potatoes instead

     To make things easier, fill your freezer with frozen vegetables, Blake tells dieters.

     “They are already clean, chopped and ready to cook in the microwave,” he says. "It's like having Rachael Ray in the freezer."

     An even better way to make sure you eat more vegetables is to cook frozen vegetables ahead of time. Microwave the entire bag of green beans, for example. Then keep them in the fridge, ready to pour into canned soups, add to a salad, or just eat by the handful.



  • Weight Loss Tips n. 5: become a party tray

    The kind of party platter Jackson Blatner talks about is a great veggie platter, perhaps with a little low-fat sauce on hand, the type you put on the buffet for weight-conscious guests.

     But it's just for you and any interested family member. Store it in the fridge at eye level, which encourages you to eat healthy snacks and avoid the high-calorie content in your fridge.

     Several studies have shown that we tend to eat more when food is at hand. Secretaries who placed candy on their desks ate about 48% more than when the candy was six feet away, according to a study by Brian Wansink, Ph.D., director of Cornell University Food and Brand Laboratory.


    Weight loss tips no. # 6: lower the thermostat

    Spending time in a cold house, at around 61 degrees Fahrenheit, can increase the fat-burning power of "brown fat" in your body.

     Brown fat is considered "good" fat, unlike regular or white fat, which stores calories and tends to build up. Researchers believe that thin people have more brown-type fat and that a person's amount of brown fat decreases with age.

    Scandinavian researchers found that exposure to these cold temperatures increased the metabolic rate of brown fat 15 times, helping to burn more calories.

    Scandinavian researchers found that exposure to these cold temperatures increased the metabolic rate of brown fat 15 times, helping to burn more calories.

     But Jackson Blatner cautions against waiting too long: “It won't be a miracle,” he says. And be careful if you're the type to eat more when it's cold.

     

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