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5 Diet tweaks that can help you lose weight

Losing weight doesn’t have to be a struggle. Follow these simple suggestions and you’ll soon be a healthier, more slender version of yourself

  1. Have an early night. If you get an extra hour-and-a-half of sleep, you’ll probably eat fewer kilojoules the next day. Scientists discovered people who averaged five-and-a-half hours’ sleep munched 920 more daily kilojoules – mostly in the form of snacks – than those who hit the sack early and slept about eight-and-a-half hours.
  2. You’ll eat 15% fewer calories if you sit down and eat more slowly. Scoffing a meal means that your hypothalamus – the part of the brain that senses when you’re full – doesn’t receive the right signals, which is why you may feel hungrier sooner. Time yourself eating a meal and then eat the same meal on another occasion, taking 50% longer. See if you feel fuller afterwards.
  3. Shrink your serving spoons and bowls as well as your plates. When you use a large serving spoon and big bowls, you’re more likely to help yourself to more food. Researchers found people served themselves at least 31% more when they use larger serving spoons.
  4. Say no to liquid kilojoules. We consume most of our daily kilojoules through juices, soft drinks, lattes and after-work wines. Switch to sugar-free and low-kilojoule drinks, such as tea, herbal tea and water, and you could lose 3.5kg in four months.
  5. Start each meal with a glass of water. Dieters who did this lost more weight over 12 weeks compared with the dieters who skipped the water.
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