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9 psychological ways to help you lose weight

https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/9-psychological-ways-weight-loss-easy-mind-strategies-every-day-a7682616.html

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9 psychological ways to help you lose weight
Losing weight can be challenging, especially if you don't have the right mind set to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Thankfully, a recent Quora thread lists helpful advice for people who want to train their minds to help them lose weight in the long-term, rather than wasting energy on quick, short-term fixes.

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Revisit what you know

Revisit what you know

Energy balance is the first key to achieving one's ideal body. It's a way of saying calories in versus calories out. Your body needs a certain amount of calories to maintain its current body weight.

Once you understand energy balance, you might feel less tempted to eat more than you really need.

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Steer clear of opaque food containers

Don't eat out of food containers, boxes, and bags that aren't clear.

Our brains are highly visual. We take visual cues as to how much food we’ve eaten to help us know when we should stop. When you can't see how much food you’ve had, you never get that visual feedback and you end up eating way too much.

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Ditch dieting

Dieting limits one's mind-set.

Once you're off your diet and have lost weight, you might revert back to eating poorly, not exercising and ultimately regain pounds. Instead, focus on your long-term eating habits.

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Trick your stomach

Choose vegetables such as carrots and celery over sugary treats when you're having a snack craving.

Not only do they have fewer calories; they are also fibrous and can make you feel full faster.

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Exercising can be fun

Exercising can be fun

Finding an exercise that's fun matters most, because you'll be more likely to incorporate it into your weekly routine.

Working out with friends or in a group can be motivational, making exercise less of a chore and more of an enjoyable pastime after work or between errands.

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Understand what causes obesity

More cases of obesity are reportedly caused by lifestyle decisions rather than genetic factors.

Promoting the notion of genes as a cause for obesity may increase genetically deterministic beliefs and decrease motivation to engage in healthy lifestyle behaviors.

People who believe that obesity is caused by unhealthy habits are likely to become proactive and re-think their actions.

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Ask challenging questions

Ask challenging questions

Consider tapping into your competitive side by turning weight loss into a challenge.

Can you lose this weight? Are you up to the challenge?

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Be kind to yourself

Be kind to yourself

See yourself in a positive light. Envision your future self, six months to a year and consider how great you'll look and feel.

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Get more sleep

When we are sleep-deprived, high-fat and sugary foods seem much more attractive, probably because they give us a quick burst of energy.

To avoid temptation, adults should strive for at least seven hours of sleep every night.

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Ten healthy habits

  1. Keep a meal routine: Eat at roughly the same time each day.
  2. Go for healthy fats from nuts, avocado, and oily fish instead of fast food.
  3. Walk off the weight: Aim for 10,000 steps a day.
  4. Pack healthy snacks when you go out.
  5. Always check the labels for fat, sugar, and salt content.
  6. Use smaller plates, and drink a glass of water and wait five minutes before going back for seconds.
  7. Break up sitting time.
  8. Choose water and limit fruit juice to one small glass per day.
  9. Slow down and eat while sitting at a table.
  10. Always aim for five servings of vegetables a day.