From smaller pants to a longer life, there are tons of reasons to start losing weight. Need another one? A recent University of Cambridge study suggests a link between being overweight and poor memory. To come to this finding, 50 individuals with varying BMIs were tasked with hiding objects, and later remembering where and which each object was located. What happened? Those with higher BMI's were found to be more forgetful. The findings, published in The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, support the idea that excess body weight may compromise the health of the hippocampus and frontal lobe, areas of the brain responsible for regulating memory and decision-making—two pretty important roles in everyday life!
Unfortunately, the bad news keeps on coming: Not only can being overweight weaken your memory, having a bad memory can make it harder to lose weight. The reason: "How vividly we remember a recent meal, for example, today's lunch, can make a difference to how hungry we feel and how much we are likely to reach out for that tasty chocolate bar later on," says study author Dr. Lucy Cheke.
And this can turn into dizzying, never ending cycle where your extra pounds are making you forget what you've eaten, and then the extra food is causing even more subsequent weight gain. Totally unfair, we know! Thankfully there are steps you can take to decrease calorie intake and improve your short-term memory. Here are our top suggestions:
Drink More H20
Carry around a refillable water and slosh back 8 8-ounce glasses of water daily. Staying properly hydrated will ward off hunger, helping you decrease your overall caloric intake. In fact, one study of more than 8,300 adults found that sipping just one to three additional cups of water each day can reduce energy intake by 68 to 205 calories! Hate plain agua? Whip up a batch of hydrating and delicious detox water. And if consuming 64-ounces of water seems totally impossible, at least, add more hydrating fruits and veggies to your diet. Some of the most water-packed options include grapefruit, strawberries, honeydew, grapes and avocados.
Get More E, C & Antioxidants
Antioxidant-rich foods and those packed with vitamins E, C have been shown to boost memory. Here are some of the most potent sources:
Fatty fish such as wild salmon
Blueberries, blackberries, and cherries
Dark leafy greens
Nuts, seeds and nut butter
Keep a Food Journal
A study at the University of Liverpool's Institute of Psychology, Health, and Society, found that people who forced themselves to think about what they had eaten earlier in the day—for example, by keeping a food log—tended to consume fewer calories later in the day. So why not give it a try? Not only will your skinny jeans be less snug, but you'll have a better memory, too. That's what we like to call a win-win! Looking for more quick 'n simple weight loss hacks? Check out these 25 Ways to Lose Weight in 5 Seconds!