It not only controls every single thing you do in a day, but also makes you the wonderful person you are—and now researchers are finding it can also help make you slim. That's right: using only the power of your mind (they don't call it "brainpower" for nothing), you can start whittling your middle in time for beach season. And, no, there's no gym involved. Flex your mental muscle and start seeing results in no time when you use these simple tricks.
Rotate Only Your Favorite Recipes
According to research published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, women who were served the same meal for five consecutive days consumed less by the end of the week, while those who ate the same meal once a week for five weeks ending up eating more calories. The point: You’ll be better off choosing a few favorites and eating them over and over, rather than always trying to come up with new ways to satisfy your taste buds. Also, it suggests that the best way to make our meals is by making enough to have leftovers. Tip: As soon as you’re done making it, put the leftovers away so you’re not tempted to go back for seconds.
Think About Tomorrow
Scientists from Penn State and Texas A&M University found that people who focused on positive thoughts about the future were more likely to choose fruit over candy (as opposed to people who thought about the past).
Stop Multitasking During Meals
In a study from the University of Birmingham, people who read a newspaper while eating consumed more calories than those who listened to an audio track telling them to focus on food. When you’re distracted, you’re likely to eat more. Enjoy your food, think about it, love it. Then move on to whatever’s next at hand. Need more tactics to help you focus? Check out our 8 Ways to Eat More Mindfully.
Play Mind Games
It’s to your benefit to tell yourself that you're eating decadently, even when it comes to nutrient-packed food. A study in the journal Health Psychology found that people who thought they were drinking a higher calorie drink (even though they weren’t) saw a steep decline in ghrelin (the hunger hormone) than those who thought the same drink had fewer calories.
Courtesy of The Bikini Body Diet