I came across some interesting yet, what some would consider, weird weight loss tips or ways to lose weight. The interesting thing is that even though some of these weird tips may sound rather strange, they really work. In this article I would like to share a few that really piqued my curiosity.
3 Top Weird Weight Loss Tips To Slim Down
The tips I am going to share with you are not the craziest I came across (I’ll share the crazy tips in another post), nor are they the weirdest. But none the less, although they are pretty weird, what is important, they actually work. There are even books written about them, particularly, tips number 1 and number 3 (below).
So without further ado let me share some of my favorite (but functional) weird tips.
1. Sniff Your Way To Weight Loss
No doubt you have smelled some foods that outright turned you off. This weight loss tip is not about that. Rather it is about smelling the foodstuff we generally consume with pleasure. Studies have shown that when hungry, people who smelled fruits, such as green apples, bananas, strawberries, vanilla, peppermint leaves and other deliciously smelling staples, lost more weight than people who did not.
Dr. Alan Hirsch found that smell of certain foods can influence what and how much we eat. About a year ago I read his fascinating book where he described his “scensational” discoveries. The book shows how to literally sniff away excess pounds.
According to Dr. Hirsch’s research, edible crystals that smell like cocoa, strawberry and banana, when sprinkled over food, can change how much people consume. The scent has an effect of tricking the brain into thinking that you have taken in more and thus you eat less.
The reason for that is that the taste is strongly recognized in the nose via the olfactory nerve (a nerve that is instrumental in the sense of smell). This nerve, according to Hirsch is directly linked to the part of the brain that tells us we are full.
To simulate Dr. Hirsch’s research at home, make the stuff you are going to eat smell nice. Add aromatic fruits and vegetables, garlic, onion and spices to make your snacks and meals more aromatic and more flavorful. This will help you feel more satiated and you will consume less which will result in a loss of weight and inches.
Although it sounded weird to me when I first got a sniff of this idea, but after I finished reading his book I was convinced. Now, of course, a beautiful smell of freshly baked goods would never work on me.
2. Weird Blue Weight Loss Tips
Blue color is cold. It is sometimes even used in idioms that describe negative feelings. One such use is in the phrase “I am feeling blue” used when describing a feeling of not being well, run down or even depressed.
Interestingly, it has been found that using this coloring in your place settings, when serving food, will reduce the amount a person will eat. It has even been suggested to color the dining room blue to help one eat less.
If you think about it, how many blue painted restaurants have you come across? From my own experience, I cannot recall any. (I wonder if this phenomenon has anything to do with a loss of appetite.)
According to Garry Blumenthal, International Food Strategies:
Color and the appeal of various edibles is also closely related. Just the sight of food fires neurons in the hypothalamus. Subjects presented foodstuff to eat in the dark reported a critically missing element for enjoying any cuisine: the appearance of food. For the sighted, the eyes are the first place that must be convinced before a morsel is even tried. This means that some edible products fail in the marketplace not because of bad taste, texture, or smell but because the consumer never got that far. Colors are significant and almost universally it is difficult to get a consumer to try to eat a blue-colored product — though more are being marketed for children these days. Greens, browns, reds, and several other colors are more generally acceptable, though they can vary by culture. The Japanese are renowned for their elaborate use of food colorings, some that would have difficulty getting approval by the Food and Drug Administration in the United States
There are not many blue-hued foods occurring naturally. Blueberries are a rare example of truly blue natural food. It is believed that because of the lack of blue natural coloring in foods we lack a natural automatic appetite response to this color. As a matter of fact spoiled foods may have a blue-green mold. I remember my father showing me poisonous mushrooms that turned blue-black when picked. As well, our ancestors associated blue color as a color warning sign of potentially lethal food.
Originally, I included ABC’s video that talked about a study on how plate color may promote weight loss. Unfortunately, ABC must have archived the video because instead of learning more about this weird phenomenon, after a while instead of a video you’d get a bunch of ads. So sorry for that, it was a very interesting video. But it is a lesson learned, never to include videos from news organizations (Perhaps this is a convoluted way of them getting revenue from ads.) But I am digressing from the topic of weird tips.
3. Let Them Eat Cake… For Breakfast… Weird Weight Loss Magic
You heard it right! This sounds like one of the weird hunger solving solutions that Marie Antoinette used to dole out in the 18th century’s France.
But no, this one is a real, serious weight loss tip. It is based on a published study by Dr. Daniela Jakubovitz in which she showed that to lose weight and inches you must consume a big breakfast within a relatively short time after you wake up.
She suggests eating as many as 600 calories and your breakfast may even include a cake. She shares the results of her study in her book The Big Breakfast Diet. As you open the book you can immediately spot her the daily magic breakfast formula which goes as follows:
7 parts protein + 2 parts carbohydrate + 2 parts fat + always have your breakfast sweet.
What she and her team found and described in the book was that
…obese participants who ate breakfast high in protein and carbohydrate that included a desert were better able to stick to their diet and keep the pounds off longer than the participants who ate low-carb, low calorie breakfast that did not include sweets…
The reason for that, Dr. Jakubovitz hypothesized, was that when you allow yourself a treat in the morning it will help curb your cravings for sweets and other junkie stuff in the afternoon. Honestly, there is nothing weird about it. Most overweight and obese people skip breakfast.
Often we consider things and events as weird only because we either never heard of them or because they don’t comply with our way of thinking. The same could be applied to any of the suggestions here, including colors. The coloring we are not used to makes us feel cautious. Hence we will consume less of the weird colored edible items.
Online you can find many more weird weight loss tips. Most are common sense. The ones I shared, I found to be quite unusual but very interesting. As well, I read both the books and all that weirdness made sense to me.
Next I’ll share with you another treat, namely, funny weight loss tips and quotes.