Lose Weight Without Dieting

Daily Health Solutions, Sleep, Weight Loss, Women's Health
on June 8, 2010

Get seven hours' sleep. A recent study found that women who slept 5 hours or fewer per night were more likely to gain weight than women who got 7 hours of shut-eye. Lack of sleep may cause a drop in leptin, a hormone that induces a feeling of satiety.

Chill out. Stress increases the circulation of the hormone ghrelin, which can trigger hunger. To calm down, try taking three slow deep breaths as you imagine yourself inhaling calm and exhaling anxiety, suggests Michelle May, author of Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat.

Play up flavor. In a study of more than 1,400 dieters, those who used calorie-free seasonings on their food lost an average of 30 pounds. Experts think the fl avorings helped the subjects feel fuller sooner and may have increased their consumption of healthy (and low-cal) vegetables.

Stay on your feet. The average person burns 100 calories per hour by sitting and 140 by standing. By getting off your duff two additional hours a day, you could drop an extra five pounds over the year.

Stretch it out. Recent research suggests that practicing yoga regularly could lead to being more "mindful" eater. which could boost weight-loss efforts.

Perfect your posture. "Hunching over distorts the lines and textures of clothing," says Lisa Marie Luccioni, certified image professional and communications professor at University of Cincinnati. You may not weigh any less, but improving your posture makes your clothes fit better so that you look thinner and more confident.