We understand that you want to feel confident about your bod before putting yourself out there, but saying yes to a few dates may just help you reach your goal, according to Harvard Medical School researchers. How? When you fall in love, snuggle up with your sweetie, kiss or have sex, levels of the hormone oxytocin increase. In turn, appetite decreases, which can can aid weight-loss efforts.
To reach this conclusion, researchers recruited 25 young men with various BMIs and gave them either an oxytocin nasal spray or a placebo. They were told to order breakfast from a menu and were then given two portions of whatever they asked for. The scientists then calculated the number of calories each man consumed during the meal. Two months later, the experiment was repeated, but this time those who received the placebo were given the oxytocin and vice-versa. The researchers found that, on average, those given the oxytocin spray consumed 122 fewer calories and 9 fewer grams of fat than those in the placebo group. Men in the oxytocin group also used more of their stored body fat for fuel than their counterparts and showed improved insulin sensitivity and an increase in metabolism.
So don’t wait until you’ve sculpted your ideal body to hit the dating scene: Sign up for Match or Tinder or say “yes” to that cutie who's been asking you out, today! Not only can dating help you look better in your bathing suit you may just meet that special someone you’ve been looking for. Not ready to spice up your love life quite yet? Add one of the 5 Best Spices For Weight Loss to your plate. Capsaicin, the compound responsible for giving chilli powder its heat, reduces belly fat, suppresses appetite and helps the body burn food as energy more efficiently. Can’t stand the heat? Try cinnamon. The spice has been shown to improve insulin sensitivity, which can help ward off dangerous belly fat.