Weight-loss tips for beginners

Weight loss is something most of us all pine for at some point in our lives, but when we don’t know quite where to start, we can make poor choices.

So often people turn to crash diets or ‘magical’ pills to beat the scale, but they aren’t very healthy or effective at all. So, what does work? We start off with some simple non-food centred ways that you can start a weight-loss journey without crash diets or starving, here is how.

1. Set the mood

Replace the lights in your kitchen and dining room with brighter bulbs. Dimmer lights make food look more attractive, which encourages overeating.

Music also plays a big role in minimising stress-eating. It fills an inner need that you might otherwise be tempted to try and satisfy with food or treats. Play a little music in the background while you make dinner or eat a meal, it will calm your mood and curb binge eating.

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2. Go blue

You’ve probably heard how different colours can affect a person’s mood. Well, the same applies to how our appetites work when we’re surrounded by certain colours.

Strange though it seems, colours like red, yellow and orange make us hungrier, while blue calms us down. If you’ve ever wondered why red is used so often in fast-food restaurant décor, now you know why!

If you are planning on redecorating your home, why not opt for blue tones in your kitchen and dining areas?

3. Downsize

It is true that everything has become bigger and ‘better’ over the years, including our crockery. There have been extensive studies done on everything diet related, included how effective smaller plates are. It turns out that large dinner plates encourage us to overeat so, switch over to smaller, salad plates at dinner time.

4. Spray lavender on your pillows

I know, another bizarre sounding trick for weight loss, but lavender has been found to assist with promoting healthy sleep cycles, which in turn helps to promote weight loss. People who don’t get enough sleep are 50 per cent more likely to be overweight, so get your full seven to eight hours of sleep every night.

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