6 Weird Diet Tricks That Work
#1 Eat Cheetos off china
Use plates and utensils whenever you snack, and sit down to enjoy your nibble, even if it's for only 20 minutes. WHY IT WORKS Break out the good tableware: Using ceramic plates and cloth napkins also made diners more likely to consider food a meal.
#2 Carry more cash
Keep dollars and cents on hand when you head to Starbucks, happy hour or dinner out. WHY IT WORKS People who pay for their food with cash make healthier purchases than people who pay with debit or credit cards
#3 Do Downward Dog
Hit the mat at yoga class. WHY IT WORKS People who did yoga regularly had a lower body-mass index than those who didn't. People who do Yoga were more mindful when dining—which helped them feel satisfied without overeating.
#4 Make like a monk
Eat one meal per week in complete silence. Turn off your iPod and the TV, and even tell your dining partner to pipe down. WHY IT WORKS Research shows that a noisy environment leads diners to speed-eat, so that by the time they realize they're full, they've already taken in too much food.
#5 Talk to yourself
Announce to yourself and anyone else around, "I'm not hungry, but I am going to eat this anyway." WHY IT WORKS Enjoy your favorite foods, when you say out loud that you want a treat, you become aware of what you're eating and why.
#6 Start with an orange
Peel one before sitting down to lunch on a crazed day. WHY IT WORKS The orange takes time and effort to peel, which forces you to slow down and helps stimulate the senses, so you're more aware of what you're eating automatically. To temper your tempo at other meals, mimic the pace you used to eat the orange, or sip water between bites.