Interesting ways to lose weight

by Megan on · 25 comments

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I’m constantly looking for help for you guys when it comes to weight loss and healthy living. I recently came across some pretty interesting ways to lose weight that I wanted to share.

1. Eat with your non-dominant hand.  Joy Bauer suggests to eat with your left hand if you’re right handed and vice versa. You may feel awkward at first but you will eat 30% less and actually pay attention to your food instead of other things on your mind.  Go ahead, give it a try at your next meal.

2. When feeling hungry, put on a coat of nail polish.  Bauer believes when you have a fresh coat of nail polish on your fingers, you won’t be reaching for food or eating anything and by the time it dries, your hunger has subsided.

3. Kissing! A passionate kiss can burn 6.4 calories a minute! So go ahead, brush your teeth (which also burns calories and subsides hunger) and get to smooching!

4. Imagine yourself eating. What? We can’t think about food while dieting! WRONG! If you imagine yourself eating what you crave, that part of brain becomes satisfied and your craving should ease or be gone! So go ahead, have a brownie in your mind.

5. Listen to god awful music while eating. You hate Miley Cyrus or Billy Ray Cyrus music so listen to it while eating.  Listening to music you hate while eating forces you mind to go into dislike mode.  So you dislike the music and you dislike eating.  You’ll eat a lot less!

6. Take a cold bath for 10 minutes. I’ve said this one a few times before. If you sit in a cold bathtub for 10 minutes, you burn about 200 calories. Your body will start using energy to warm your body and energy is burned by calories.  Don’t make it Titanic cold though, the life boats won’t be coming.

7. Walk backwards. Harvard (that’s a big name) has concluded that you burn more calories walking in reverse than forward because you exert more energy.  Just make sure you turn your head to see where you’re going and be careful.

8. Do something nice. A Harvard (again, big name) study found that doing nice things like donating to charity or helping a friend in need, boosts your willpower and increases your physical endurance. So hit the gym after you donate to the ASPCA.

Pretty interesting ways to lose weight, eh?

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1 April Decheine September 24, 2011 at 8:20 am

Cold Bath for ten minutes, not sure I could do that one. I have heard the do something nice one though.. That sounds great.

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2 Tara Oliver September 24, 2011 at 8:22 am

ha ha, these are kind of cool. I’m going to definitely try #4. thanks!

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3 Courtney September 24, 2011 at 6:37 pm

nice tips!

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4 Dee @ Cocktails with Mom September 24, 2011 at 8:57 pm

Interesting tips.

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5 Jessica September 24, 2011 at 9:01 pm

These are great! #1 could get messy! lol

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6 Anne - Mommy Has to Work September 25, 2011 at 7:26 am

The nail polish sounds like it would work! lol

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7 Laurie September 25, 2011 at 10:28 am

These are kind of funny but interesting. I think if I just padlock my fridge and pantry all would be well LOL.

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8 Anne September 25, 2011 at 7:57 pm

Interesting ideas, maybe I will let my teenager put her ipod on shuffle while we eat and see if it works!

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9 Shop with Me Mama (Kim) September 26, 2011 at 1:17 am

Great tips, I will have to try some of them!!!

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10 blueviolet September 26, 2011 at 1:20 am

It kinda makes me laugh, but yet they make good sense! I need to paint my nails immediately after dinner every night to avoid that late night snack!

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11 Kathleen September 26, 2011 at 11:29 am

Love the nail polish idea. I am going to try that. I never find time to put nail polish on, but often find time for a snack, so we will see how it goes.

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12 TheMakeupDivas September 26, 2011 at 1:34 pm

Very interesting. I don’t know if these will work but I will definitely try some of them out. Thanks for sharing!

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13 Tammy September 26, 2011 at 5:12 pm

I’ll eat an orange. By the time I peal it, and eat it, I don’t want anything else.

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14 Lisa @ Oh Boy Oh Boy Oh Boy September 30, 2011 at 10:06 am

I am totally not buying #4, imagining me eating something will only increase my need to have it :)

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15 Crystal @ Simply Being Mommy September 30, 2011 at 1:17 pm

#1 cracks me up. I’m sure I’d end up with food everywhere!

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16 Sheila October 1, 2011 at 11:20 am

Great tips.

One that I like.. when I am feeling snacky or hungry.. take the dogs for a walk. Good for me and them :)

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17 Marybeth @ babygoodbuys.com October 4, 2011 at 12:59 pm

I’d make a huge mess if I ate with my non-dominant hand!

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18 Melanie October 4, 2011 at 10:50 pm

These are great! I think I’ll try… all of them! Brushing my teeth helps, too, or chewing gum – then I get the sweet I’m craving, and chewing tricks my mind into thinking I’m eating, right?

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19 ellen October 5, 2011 at 3:40 am

#7 I have heard of numerous times to do while walking (for exercise not general walking) to burn more calories and to work different muscles.

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20 Betty October 5, 2011 at 7:52 am

During times of high snacking:
go brush your teeth or rinse with one of the new products that either whiten or rebuilds enamel. First we all can use the benefits, but … if you read the fine print, you are not to eat or drink for 30 minutes in order to allow the product to achieve the desired effect. Who reads the fineprint and understands there is no benefit if you brush, then grab a coffee for the commute. Just saying, if you need a reason to go 30 minutes without snacking or drinking a soda – try brushing your teeth.

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21 Dee October 5, 2011 at 12:16 pm

I like the nail polish idea and the kissing. I too have heard to brush your teeth because you’re mouth is so fresh and clean you don’t want to mess it up by eating. Not to mention food doesn’t taste too good with the minty flavor of toothpaste.

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22 Donna October 6, 2011 at 10:04 am

I can’t eat with my left hand, so that would be perfect for me! :-)

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23 Brandi @ Flip Flop Mama October 9, 2011 at 12:12 am

Interesting tips! Thanks for sharing :)

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24 Alexandra Hoover December 11, 2011 at 7:44 am

I need to paint my nails immediately after dinner every night to avoid that late night snack! These are kind of funny but interesting. Great tips, I will have to try some of them!!!

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