07:58 03 August 2009
Want to lose weight? Forget willpower, counting calories, curbing carbs and pumping iron - they almost always fail. The time has to come to try the no-diet diet!
According to some experts, dieting is bad for your health and is probably the worst thing you could do if you want to lose weight.
Instead researchers are suggesting the no-diet diet.
They have discovered that the naturally slim and the overweight did not differ so much in what they ate, but whether or not they were driven by a collection of hidden habits. Over-eating was a side-issue, a symptom of something deeper.
They theorised that if you could break these hidden habits then people would naturally slim down to their ideal weight. When they tested their theory on obese volunteers, they discovered that you could lose weight simply by breaking these habits. A diet wasn't needed at all. It was instantly dubbed "The No-Diet diet".
How to lose weight
Don't watch any TV all day. If you're not a TV viewer then cut out the radio instead.
Write something for 15 minutes. It doesn't have to be 'War and Peace'. The idea is to start thinking and dreaming.
Don't have your favourite drink. Whether it's tea, coffee or coke, have something different instead and see how your body gets a boost from breaking the habit.
Go for a 15-minute walk. Use the time to think about your life and what you want from it. This will not only help clear your head, but also make you feel re-energised
Also pick two from the following:
Sit in a different seat. It could be in the lounge, at the dinner table or even in a meeting.
Play a child's game - and help let your hair down.
Be it a trashy magazine or an obscure book - reading will help to get your brain stimulated.
Take a trip
Go and see a museum or an exhibition or even go on a journey to a new destination
Learn to meditate.
Source: The Independent
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