You go to social events like family reunions, office parties, dinner parties, and summer barbecues to socialize, right? So keep the focus on that and not on the food table says, Ana Goldseker, CNE, Director of Nutrition for Nava Health and Vitality Centers. Open your mouth more to talk than to eat, and you’ll save calories and feel happier afterward.
As far as studies on it go, here are some that I mentioned in The Everyday Roots Book. In 2002 the Journal of Nutrition concluded that it can aid weight loss when used in place of long chain triglycerides. It was also shown to strongly curb appetite and it appeared to increase the burning of calories. In 2003 Obesity Research found that it may help burn calories, probably due to the fact that it boosted energy. In 2010 the International Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition also found that it could help boost metabolism and reduce appetite.
So maybe it’s time we turn the tables and instead look at fruits and veggies as a delicious way to “cheat” on a healthy weight loss diet. From fire-engine red bell peppers, and buttery-yellow zucchini, to juicy grapes as purple as wine, “eating enough produce seems to be one of the key elements in weight loss and weight maintenance,” says Dave Grotto, RD, LDN, dietitian and author of 101 Foods That Could Save Your Life.
“Sound is the forgotten food sense,” says Ryan Elder, PhD, an assistant professor of marketing at Brigham Young University’s Marriott School of Management and co-author of a study that found that people eat more in noisy spaces. “When you mask the sound of consumption, like when you watch TV while eating, you take away one of those senses, and it may cause you to eat more than you would normally. The effects many not seem huge but over the course of a week, month, or year, it could really add up.” His advice? Turn off the TV, radio, music, and other noise, and focus on the melodic tones of crunching, slurping, and satisfied sighs.
Each meal should include 1/4 protein (the size of your palm), 1/4 complex carbohydrates (1/2 cup cooked brown rice, quinoa, sweet potato etc.), and 1/2 vegetables (with the exception of breakfast). One thing to be mindful of is consuming carbohydrates at dinner, which is something I usually advise against, since your body rarely needs this amount of energy before going to bed.