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9 psychological ways to help you lose weight

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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9 psychological ways to help you lose weight

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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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

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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People struggle to keep weight off

Researchers have observed weight regain following weight loss across a range of populations and types of weight-loss diets.

Why long-term weight loss is so hard

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Diets frequently fail because they have an endpoint and are not a real lifestyle change. Maintaining a lifestyle that promotes a healthy weight and metabolism is often a lifelong journey. 

Maintaining weight loss

The actual food you eat isn’t the main thing that enables you to keep weight off.

Maintaining a weight-reduced state is a lifelong journey and many dietary approaches can work to facilitate weight loss and keep it off.

Eat Plenty of Protein at Every Meal

Eating food increases your metabolism for a while because extra calories are required to process your meal. This is called the thermic effect of food (TEF).

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Drink More Cold Water

Drinking water may speed up your metabolism for about an hour. This calorie-burning effect may be even greater if you drink cold water, as your body uses energy to heat it.

Drinking water can also help you fill up and help you eat less, especially if you drink it half an hour before you eat.

Do a High-Intensity Workout

High-intensity interval training (HIIT) involves short, intense bursts of activity and help you burn more fat by increasing your metabolic rate.

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