posted on Jan, 28 2011 @ 12:54 AM
1. Every diet soft drink consumed each day could increase your risk of being overweight by 65 percent, according to a study presented at the American
Dietetic Association. Other research suggests that artificial sweeteners may actually stimulate appetite, causing you to overeat.
2. A recent Japanese study found that people who drank a daily 11-ounce bottle of green tea lost 5.3 pounds after three months, while those who drank
regular tea lost only 2.9 pounds.
3. Eating three servings of grapefruit a day (either half of a whole one or a cup of juice) for 12 weeks could help you lose just over three pounds,
according to a recent study. "It helped lower insulin levels, which can contribute to weight loss by reducing appetite and encouraging fat burning,"
explains study author Ken Fujioka, MD, director of nutrition and metabolic research at Scripps Clinic in Del Mar, California.
4. Brush your teeth or rinse your mouth right after you have a meal or a snack to quell the urge to keep nibbling. "It's both a physical and a
psychological signal to your body that you're done eating," says Blatner.
5. Distract Your Taste Buds
Visions of Godiva flooding your head? Before you rush out to buy a box, try deflecting your attention. New research from Flinders University in
Adelaide, Australia, has found that the more vivid your mental image of a particular food, the more likely you are to crave it. But there's plenty
you can do to tone down those visual cues. Researchers found that randomly flicking through images on a computer screen or, to a lesser extent,
listening to a speech in a foreign language, was enough to distract students from their food cravings. Anything that engages both your eyes and your
mind -- like playing Sudoku -- should help, say researchers.