So you’ve tried to lose weight the conventional ways. And maybe it didn’t go according to plan. Hey. No Sweat. There are tons of great alternative ways to lose weight.
Now I’m going to guess that you’ve tried the typical weight loss techniques. You’ve tried dieting. You’ve tried exercising. You’ve maybe even gone on Weight Watchers. But those techniques weren’t quite right for you. And maybe you’re feeling a little disappointed because of that.
If you’re underwhelmed with your current weight loss success, then let me tell you, I was just like you.
When I wanted to lose weight I started dieting. I did the Atkins diet. I hit the gym. I tried all the different exercise techniques. But it just wasn’t working out for me personally, you know? So I made a decision. I decided that I would forget about all those traditional weight loss techniques. I would try something different.
And you know what? My alternative weight loss techniques ended up working for me.
The “for me” part is important.
We are all unique individuals, right? And we all have different personalities, different habits, and different needs, right? So it only makes sense that we would also need different weight loss techniques.
With that in mind. I would like you to try each of these alternative weight loss techniques.
Some of them might seem a little weird to you. Because there are some truly weird weight loss techniques. But hey, we’ve got nothing to lose here, so why not give each of these weight loss tips I try. See which weight loss technique is right for you.
So here we go. Here are my best tips….
My Top Ten Alternative Ways of Losing Weight Easily and Quickly
1: Mindfulness: Mindfulness is all about focusing your mind on the present moment. Simple, right? But powerful. And it can help with weight loss.
When you practice mindfulness of food you are more aware of what you’re eating and feel less need to eat. To practice mindfulness, simply make 1 promise to yourself: when you eat you will only eat. In other words, stop eating while working, stop eating while watching TV. If you’re eating, focus on what you’re eating. This will make you feel more satisfied and leave you needing less food.
You can learn more about mindfulness for weight loss here. Click that link and you’ll find a complete guide. And trust me, it just might be the answer you’re looking for.
2: Self Love: Now, you remember that these are alternative weight loss techniques, right? We’re looking at alternative ways to lose weight that you haven’t tried before.
Cool. This is one of those alternative ways to lose weight. Self love.
When you have a positive relationship with yourself you will start to eat healthily and to lose weight.
Scientific research actually proved that it is impossible to lose weight unless you forgive yourself and have a positive relationship with yourself. It’s impossible because if you are angry at yourself you will intentionally sabotage your diet as a way to punish yourself. So read that link above and let’s solve that problem so you can lose weight today.
3. Use Colour Psychology: Blue For Weight Loss
The best new weight loss technique revolves around one simple fact: You might be what you eat, but you eat what you see. Colour psychology is the latest scientific breakthrough in weight loss techniques. In this article we reveal the science and method of losing weight through colour psychology.
Why are fast food restaurants never decorated using blue? Why do Pizza Hut, KFC, and McDonald’s all use red as their main colour?
It all comes down to the science of colour psychology. Scientific researchers and proponents of chromology have proven that colours are capable of influencing our feelings. Colours can even change our appetite.
A scientific study titled Color in Marketing revealed that 90% of snap second judgments are based on colour alone. Snap second decision? The last time I stuffed my hand in the cookie jar was a snap second decision. And my cookie jar happens to be red. We know from a scientific study called Exciting Red And Competent Blue, that the colour red makes us act more impulsively. Time to change that cookie jar.
There’s a reason why restaurants use the colours they use…
If you’re surrounded by red items you’re more likely to act impulsively, picking up a hamburger just because we feel like it. That’s why McDonald’s will never be blue, because when people see blue they feel calm and actually stop and think. And that’s why you should surround yourself wit blues and greens, colours that make you feel relaxed and calm and less likely to pick up a doughnut just because you fancy one.
That’s also why colour psychology is the new weight loss technique that we want to recommend to you today. On the blog we have already covered several amazing new weight loss techniques including THIS, and then there’s THIS little gem, and my personal favourite, THIS. Well, now it’s time for colour psychology.
A TV show called Crowd Control recently aired on the National Geographic Channel. On the show, researchers investigated the effect of colour psychology on weight loss. the researchers went to a buffet at a New Jersey truck stop and took out all the restaurants large plates. They replaced them with smaller ones and changed the colour of the decorations to include a lot more blue in the colour scheme. The results showed that dining in a room decorated in blue will make you eat less.
Researchers believe that blue suppresses the appetite because it is a calming colour. One of the diners who were interviewed said that the colour blue made him feel a lot more relaxed than he usually felt and that this made him slow down and pay more attention to what he was eating. Because he was then more aware of what he was eating he was satisfied quicker. This in turn led him to needing to eat less.
Scientists also suggest that because blue is an unnatural colour which is not found in many foods it subconsciously suggests to the individual that they should stop eating. So, the simple result of this scientific experiment is that if you paint your house (or dining room) blue you will eat less and lose weight without even thinking about it.
The colours of the room you eat in affect the way you eat. When you’re in a red room you’re more likely to act impulsively, indulging in snacks. When you’re in a blue room you’re more likely to slow down and to eat healthily.
Colour also affects the way you feel about the food you eat. In 2006 scientists Wansink and Van Ittersum studied the affect of eating food of the same colour and on the same colour plate. They had half their participants eat green beans on a green plate, and the other half eat green beans on a yellow plate. The participants whose food and plates were the same colour ended up eating more. The researchers state that this is because the limited contrast between food and plate made them less aware and less mindful of what they were eating.
Similarly, it’s important to contrast colours in the food itself. Eating food of only one colour makes you less aware of what you’re eating and thereby more likely to eat more. A plate of contrasting colours will make you more aware of what you’re eating, and thereby less likely to overeat.
So here’s the gist of it. Try eating in a blue room, on a white plate, with food of all different colours. Doing so will heighten your awareness and appreciation of the food you eat, leading you to eat less and lose weight. And that’s the lowdown for this fascinating new weight loss technique.
4: Exercise Burst: It can be hard to commit to the gym or to long periods of exercise.
Scientific research has proven, however, that it’s just as good to do 10 minutes hardcore exercise as it is to spend an hour in the gym.
At some point today, do an exercise burst. Just go for a quick run or do some shadow boxing or dance for ten minutes. That’s all you need!
You do not need to go nuts and workout for hours on end. you don’t need to push yourself til you feel like you’re going to die. Just ten minutes. That’s all.
Leave this page open. Go run for ten minutes. Then come back and continue reading. And your exercise will be done!
5: NLP: “NLP” stands for Neuro Linguistic Programming.
Basically it’s a way of training your brain to do specific things. For weight loss it can be used to train your brain to want a salad instead of a chocolate bar.
How does NLP help with weight loss?
Every time you think of eating a chocolate bar simply think of eating a salad instead and imagine enjoying the salad. This will train your brain to associate cravings with salad instead of fatty foods.
6: Honey: Honey actually releases fat. And it tastes yummy! Eat a teaspoon of honey a day. And actually there are a veritable truck load of other health benefits from honey too. Click that link. It will blow your mind. And remember to help save the bees!
7: Water: Drinking water is the easiest way of losing weight.
Don’t drink pop. It’s just empty calories. Water is, obviously, a lot healthier and also helps your digestive system.
8: Awareness: Get a journal and write in it every single thing you eat. This will make you more aware of how much you’re eating, and once you’re more aware you’re more able to make changes.
9. Forgive Yourself
The University of Wisconsin recently researched the affects of self forgiveness on addictions. They wanted to know whether forgiving yourself would help you to overcome addictions, including overeating. And they found some staggering results.
“We believe that the full recovery from substance abuse cannot be reached without fully forgiving of self and others,” the researchers report. “Forgiveness, by reducing levels of anger, resentment, depression,and anxiety, may prevent relapse, promote acceptation of self and strengthen relationships with others.”
In other words, not only is it hard to give up addictions if you’re angry at yourself or others, but it may be outright impossible. If you are addicted to eating, you must forgive yourself and others in order to beat that addiction.
So, if, like my friend, you’re asking why you don’t let yourself lose weight, it just might be because you don’t think you deserve to lose weight, because you are angry at yourself.
And if that is the case, to lose weight you must forgive yourself and find self love.
10. Lose the diet books
The science shows that you might as well toss those diet books out.
Go ahead, chuck ‘em. You can dispose of those diet pills too. The only thing you really need to do is take a look inside, forgive yourself, and love yourself.
This news really is amazing and completely changes the way we feel about dieting, doesn’t it? Because it proves that dieting isn’t so much about forcing yourself to eat only salads as it is forgiving yourself and finding self love.
Your mind is what matters. Get your mind in the right place and your body will follow. And here’s a little bit of advice that you might find helpful…
11. Get your friends and your dieting partners, and feed each other positivity
Yup. Go ahead. Grab your friends. Tell them that health is about self love and forgiveness. Then go ahead and lavish each other with compliments. Seriously, I’m not joking. Feed each other positivity. This will breed self love, and self love will make you shed the pounds faster than any diet pill ever could.
And speaking of feeding each other positivity, let’s do it right now. Share a comment below. A positive comment, please. Then other people will read your comment and feel more positive about dieting. Come on, let’s do this. Let’s feel good about ourselves. Because when we truly love ourselves, we will lose weight and become thin and healthy, and then we’ll look in the mirror and just feel absolutely wonderful about what we’ve accomplished.
12: Have veggies ready:
Get bowls and put them in various places around the house. Fill them with cut vegetables. That way, anytime you want a quick bite you can just go ahead and have a carrot. Making the healthy option easy is the easiest way to lose weight!
So, there we are, ten excellent alternative ways to lose weight quickly and easily. Try all ten and watch the weight strip right off you.
13: Precommitment (lose weight without willpower)
Precommitment is essentially the idea of keeping yourself away from all temptation. What drew me in was the promise that with precommitment I could lose weight without willpower.
Remove all temptations and all associations to fatty food. Throw out all junk food. Refill your fridge with healthy, life sustaining fruit and veggie goodness. Promise yourself you will never walk past a fast food restaurant. Throw out the leaflets and flyers the Chinese, Italian and other restaurants.
14. Exercise Less
According to a new Danish study, people who exercise for half an hour a day lose more weight than those who exercise for an hours a day.
Weird, no? Scientists believe that by exercising a little less people on weight loss plans leave themselves with enough energy to continue to live a healthy lifestyle for the rest of the day one the workout is finished. Comparatively, those who exercise for an hour are so tired they lose willpower and, after their workout, adopt less healthy habits.
“The people in the study who exercised less found they had the energy to stay motivated to their weight loss plans,” said University of Copenhagen scientist Dr. Astrid Jesperson. “They’ll take the dog for a walk or take the stairs. In comparison, the people who exercised more felt exhausted afterwards and were demotivated.”
The subject studied 60 people for 13 weeks, with half the group doing 30 minutes of cycling, jogging or cross training and the other half exercising for an hour. The men who exercised for 30 minutes lost 3.6 kg after 3 months, where the others lost 2.7 kg.
Perhaps this news is not altogether that surprising. Probably the most important part of any weight loss program is motivation and willpower. If you exhaust yourself you’re not going to feel motivated to carry on. Conversely, 30 minutes of exercise gets your body working but also leave you feeling positive about your weight loss program.
But it just goes to show, if you’ve been asking “how much exercise do I need to lose weight” the answer might be less than you think.
The lesson here is to exercise but not to such a point that you feel exhausted afterwards. Do enough exercise to get your body working and to give your weight loss a lift, but don’t do more than that. If you lose 30 minutes of exercise you lose 30 minutes of exercise, if you lose motivation your weight loss plan may be dead and buried.
So, the best kind of weight loss exercise to do is whichever you feel comfortable with. Recently, I started exercising again myself. I wasn’t actually overweight but I was far from fit. Knowing that if I did too much I’d end up exhausted and completely demotivated, I started just gradually. I started by walking half an hour a day. That’s not much, right? It’s pretty easy.
So for the first few weeks I was just walking once a day for thirty minutes. Then I started running at scout’s pace (which is running then walking then running and so on). This meant I was starting to burn more calories but again I wasn’t going nuts. I was starting off gradual so I could keep going.
After running at scouts pace I felt I was ready to start running. So I started running for half an hour a day. Again, I wasn’t pushing myself, I was just doing what I could do. Then I upped my amount of running. Im now running about four miles a day, and I’ve added an extra workout later in the evening, usually something fun like dance or Tai Chi, something not too strenuous.
But here’s the real point. Had I started running from day 1 I would have been exhausted and in pain. That would have demotivated me. I would have stopped exercise altogether.
Instead, I started gradually, working with my body, being honest with what my body was and was not ready to do. And because of this smooth approach, I’m now continuing my exercise routine and am getting back the body that I want; but I’m only here because I was kind to myself.
Be kind to yourself. Next time you ask yourself “how much exercise do i need for weight loss” remember to be gentle to yourself. Go at the pace you can go at. Dont force it. Dont push yourself too hard.
15. Keep failing diets? Eat more fish
If you’re great at keeping to a diet, thank your brain structure. New research shows that the structure of your brain determines whether you can self-regulate a healthy body or not.
One in three people are obese. That’s what we’re hearing from NIH, the national institute for Diabetes and kidney and digestive diseases. That means that you almost certainly know someone who is obese. A friend. A family member. We all know one obese person.
The world is fighting to overcome this obesity pandemic. Around 60% of people will go on a diet this year, including 90% of teenagers and 50% of all women. Great. But diets have a 95% fail rate. While we all try to lose weight, I’m sorry to say that the vast majority of us fail.
The average person knows what it feels like to fail a diet. You’re constantly fighting cravings in your mind. You go a week, a month, a few months, maybe even a year, on your diet. It’s hard work. You see some results. But still, you look in the mirror and you don’t see that model body you’re dreaming of. You see a chubby gut instead.
I’ve been there. At 15 I was a pudgy teenager eating chicken nuggets and fries most days. Some nights I would cry myself to sleep because I wanted to be healthy and fit. So I’d start dieting. I’d go our for run, sweating after a hundred metres. And I’d force myself to pick an apple over candy at lunchtime. But failure was inevitable. Either I would be bullied, called “sleepy fatso” because of the bags under my eyes and my big gut. Or my father would get drunk and… well, we don’t need to go there.
Every time I dieted, something would go wrong in life and I’d go back to comfort eating.
What was it that was making me fail my diets?
NIH wanted to find an answer to that question. They took thirty chronic dieters with an average body fat of 26%. They showed them pictures of various foods and looked at how their brains reacted. What they found was that people who fail diets have more extreme reactions to images of food. Fit and healthy people, on the other hand, have less extreme reactions to images of food.
Overweight people have less white matter around the executive control and reward centres in their brains. This lack of white matter makes them more susceptible to temptation. “Individuals with reduced integrity may have difficulty in overriding rewarding temptations, leading to a greater chance of becoming obese than those with higher structural integrity,” the authors told us.
If you want to succeed in a diet, you need to increase the white matter in your brain. Eeek. How on Earth do you do that?
Sadly, there are few known ways to increase white matter. In fact, many studies suggest it is impossible to increase white matter in the brain.
But you can restructure the way white matter is distributed.
Like the energy that powers the city, white matter is not distributed evenly. Some parts of the brain have more white matter than others.
If you struggle to diet, your executive control and reward centre needs more white matter. There are only two known ways to make that happen.
Firstly, you can change your diet. Of course, this is a catch 22. You need self control to change your diet. You need to change your diet to get self control. Er, what gives?
Thankfully, you can start to change your diet by actually eating more. Specifically, eating more fat.
Yes, you read that correctly. You should start by eating more fat. But not just any fat. You need a particular type of fat: long-chain polyunsaturated fats. Those are part of the cell membranes and are crucial to the messenger system of the brain. These fats are called DHA and EPA. And they’re found in fish and algae-based supplements.
Certain fish have more DHA and EPA than others. According to Sea Food Health Facts, Herring, Mackerel, and Salmon are the best. Research shows that people who eat these fish have healthier brains.
This is not the only solution.
Remember, the key is to increase white matter in the executive control and reward centre of your brain.
There is another way to do this. Exercise those parts of your brain. When you exercise your executive control and reward centre you bulk-up those parts of your brain, just like you’re training a muscle at the gym. Just as you can train your brain using those brain-training software packages, you can train this one specific part of your brain to help you lose weight.
So how do you train your brain to help you lose weight? By saying “No”.
When you gradually cut down one something (food, smoking, alcohol) you train the executive control and reward centre of your brain. The more you exercise the stronger those brain regions will be. More white matter will flow to the area, strengthening it. Like your bicep it will grow stronger with exercise.
- If you cannot lose weight, it’s because your brain just need a little big of training and a little big of nutrition, just like your muscles do.
- Start by eating Herring, Mackerel, and Salmon, which contain DHE and EPA.
- Then start saying “No” to some of the foods you like.
- Saying no will make the regions of your brain called the “executive control” and “reward centre” stronger.
- When those brain regions are stronger you will be able to control what you eat much more effectively.
- And then you will succeed on your diet.
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16: Join a weight loss support group. Here’s how.
Step 1: Go Online
One of the best places to find weight loss and depression buddies is online. There are a great many forums for weight loss and depression, not to mention Faceboook and Twitter. Using these resources you can discuss weight loss and depression with people who are facing the same challenges. Most of these resources are free, so there really is no reason not to make use of them.
Step 2: Go to classes and groups
Most cities have both weight loss groups and depression groups. When you attend a group you will find people who are taking positive steps to overcome the challenges in their lives. These are the best people to get to know. When you meet people who are actively trying to overcome depression and to lose weight you form a strong group. Together you can find new ideas on how to lose weight and how to beat depression, you can do activities and exercises together and you can motivate each other to keep going.
Step 3: Make friends with them
Most people don’t like talking about weight loss and depression. These are sensitive subjects that we only feel comfortable talking about with close friends. That’s why it’s important to make friends with these people. Talk to them openly, offer support, exchange email and phone numbers and suggest some times to meet up.
Step 4: Schedule
It’s important to make time to meet with your new friends so that you can schedule a time to discuss any challenges you are facing, to offer each other support and to just chat. Make room for one meeting each week.
Step 5: Make Use of the Time
Make sure that you make the most of all the time that you are with your weight loss and depression friends. Come prepared to meetings. Be ready to discuss any challenges you have faced in the week. Discuss openly and remember to always offer support.
Step 6: Be Responsible for each other
If you’re going to make the most of your new friends then you need to be responsible for each other. You need to be there when your friends need help and you need to let them know that you are always happy to discuss problems and challenges with one another. Remember, when you are there for your friends they are there for you to. Always support one another.
Step 7: Encourage
Encouragement is the most important thing in both weight loss and in overcoming depression. Just a few kind words here and there can make a big difference. We all know what it is like to feel demotivated and to feel as though we cannot achieve what we need to achieve. At these times a few words of encouragement can make all the difference.
And there you are. Those are ten of my personal favorite alternative ways to lose weight. Try them over the course of the next week and see which ones work for you.
And I would love to know how you get on with your weight loss. So please leave a comment.