Fed up with the
same old weight-loss tips? These eight slim-down strategies may sound strange, but
they’re all backed by solid science.
1. Eat with your non-dominant hand.
intriguing new study
offers a simple antidote to the mindless munching that often accompanies
watching movies or TV: Just switch hands—and you’ll eat less.
randomly handed moviegoers a bucket of fresh popcorn or “cold, wet, spongy
week-old” popcorn. Those who said they usually ate popcorn at the movies
shoveled down just as much whether the popcorn was fresh or stale. But in a
separate experiment, the scientists found that when people were asked to eat
with their non-dominant hand, they consumed 30 percent less.
While you eat, sit in front of a
mirror. One study
found that when people watch themselves eat, consumption of high-calorie food
(such as full-fat cream cheese) drops by nearly a third, possibly because
seeing themselves eat reminds them of their diet and health goals.