You have read many tips about diet, excercising and everything about losing fat, being in shape, etc., etc..
I decided to give you some interesting tips for weight loss that may surprise you... Enjoy!
Of course, they won't work just on their own, but they can be in a great help along with a good Meal Plan and Exercise Program!
1. Eat in Smaller plates
You can trick your brain into feeling satiated. If you arrange the exact same amount of food in a smaller plate, you’ll feel less hungry than if you serve the food in larger plate. When there’s room left on the plate, your brain thinks there’s still room left in your stomach to feed. Not only the size of the plate matters, it turns out that the color of the plate can influence how much you eat. Research shows that the color blue is an appetite suppressant because it's not associated with cravings in the brain. So next time try to serve up your meals on blue-colored dishes.
2. Supplement with Tyrosine
L-tyrosine is an amino acid, which plays significant role in the metabolism. It stimulates the fat burning process by increasing the release of energy from fat tissue. L-tyrosine stimulates the metabolism because it has a key role in biosynthesis of the thyroid hormones. It also aids the function of the nervous system, because it is a precursor of biosynthesis of neurotransmitters dopamine, adrenaline and noradrenaline. As you probably already know from our article about dopamine, increased dopamine levels will make you more satiated and have less cravings for fatty and sugary foods. L-tyrosine has a positive effect on memory and concentration. L-tyrosine also enhances motivation, endurance and resistance to stress, especially when you are training hard.
3. Eat multiple meals per day
Every time you eat, your body burns calories to process the eaten food. Instead of having 1 or 2 meals a day, try incorporating little snacks between lunch and dinner.
4. Drink coffee pre-workout
Caffeine in coffee stimulates the central nervous system (so you can smash your workout) and increases metabolism. When you drink coffee without taking in carbs, the caffeine drags fatty acids out of fat cells, facilitating the burning of body fat. So, avoid carbs before training, if you want to take the most out of the fat burning process.
5. Blend your protein shake
One simple, but very interesting study looked at the effects of blending a protein shake in a blender vs mixing it in a shaker bottle. They found that when the participants drank a blended shake, they consumed 12% less calories in the next meal. This shows that high volume (even air) in your stomach sends signals to your brain to eat less! So, blend your protein drink instead of mixing it in a shaker bottle!
6. Get hot!
Using spices will not only make your food more delicious. Eating spicy foods can help in increasing your metabolism. Capsaicin, the compound that gives the red chilli peppers their spicy taste, has thermogenic effect, meaning your body creates more heat as it digests the hot stuff, which results in more calories burned. You can use black pepper and ginger as well.
7. Increase NEAT
NEAT? What the h.ck does that mean?! Is it a supplement? Let me explain you. NEAT stands for Non-Exercise Activity Thermogenesis. This is how much calories you burn from everything you’re doing when not exercising. This includes for example walking the dog, walk in the park, cleaning the house, even chewing a gum. Maybe it doesn’t sound logical to you, but it has great impact on your weight loss goals. In one study researchers put participants on a cardio program or had them change their daily habits. What they found is that the people who changed their lifestyle and became more active sustained weight loss better than those that simply included cardio. So, next time park further away from your work place, go for a walk, take the stairs instead of the elevator, don’t moan and do the laundry!