Don’t clear the table
Don’t tell your mom, but we’re giving you official permission to make a mess. As you eat, leave the candy wrappers, fruit peels, nut shells, and other scraps on the table. According to a study published in the journal Appetite in 2011, people who kept a bowl of pistachio shells on their desks consumed significantly fewer calories than those who periodically threw out the shells. Seeing the shells (or other discarded items) can serve as a visual cue, reminding you of exactly how much you’ve eaten and to stop eating when you’re full. Avoid these 20 foods that are never worth the calories.
Curtail your cocktails
Happy hour isn’t so happy when you consider the toll it takes on your waistline, says Fiola Sowemimo, MD, who practices internal and bariatric medicine in Freehold, New Jersey. Booze is one of the biggest factors in weight gain, especially if you’re drinking alcohol combined with sugary mixers, like margaritas or a rum and Coke. “One of the top tips I give to my patients looking to lose weight is to avoid excess alcohol,” she says. Here’s what to order at the bar if you want to lose weight.