You may remember a blog I wrote several weeks back about how exercise can reprogram your brain so you won’t overeat. That’s a secret the diet industry won’t tell you about, since they can’t directly profit off your ability to take a brisk walk.
Well, now I want to reveal even more weight loss secrets the diet industry doesn’t want you to know:
- Flavonoids can help with long-term weight management. According to a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, the key to long-term weight management may lie in the dietary intake of polyphenolic compounds called flavonoids. Researchers found that those with the highest intake had the smallest increases in body mass index (BMI). Good dietary sources of flavonoids include green and white tea, grapes, berries, apples, hot peppers, celery, thyme, broccoli, and kale.
- Eggs can accelerate weight loss. Wheaties may be the “breakfast of champions,” but if you’re trying to lose weight, you’re better off eating eggs. Researchers instructed overweight people who were on a reduced-calorie diet to eat either two eggs or a bagel with the same number of calories for breakfast. After two months, the egg eaters lost 65 percent more weight and reported feeling more energetic than those who ate bagels. Plus, despite eggs’ shady reputation when it comes to cholesterol, there was no difference between the two groups in LDL and HDL cholesterol or triglyceride levels.
- Food diaries help you eat less. If you want to lose weight, you will need two essential tools: a pen and some paper. Carefully documenting everything you eat and drink can result in double the weight loss you’d experience with diet and lifestyle changes alone. If you’re having trouble with your weight, try keeping a food diary.
- Interval training burns fat and calories. Alternating between low- and high-intensity exercise when you’re working out has been shown to burn more fat and calories than trekking along at a constant pace. Researchers from the University of New South Wales in Australia found that when study participants added intermittent sprints to their 20-minute jogs for 15 weeks, they burned three times more fat off their backsides and legs than their counterparts who jogged steadily for 40 minutes.
Now it’s your turn: Do you practice any of these weight loss secrets?
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