They open the shades
A flood of sunshine isn’t just an instant morning pick-me-up: A Northwestern University study found that people exposed to moderately bright light in the morning have significantly lower BMIs than people who get the majority of their light exposure later in the day. Independent of physical activity, sleep timing, caloric intake, age, or season, morning light exposure accounted for about 20 percent of an individual’s BMI. Lack of sunlight can de-synchronize your internal body clock, altering metabolism and leading to weight gain. Just 20 to 30 minutes of morning light is enough to affect BMI. Learn the signs you’re not getting enough sunlight.
They butter the bottom of toast
It sounds strange, but if you’re looking to lower calorie intake, look to the bottom side of your breakfast foods. “Butter the bottom of toast, and salt the bottom of potato rounds,” Devin Alexander, chef and host of FitTV’s Healthy Decadence, told Health. “It really helps with weight loss. When you eat foods this way, the flavor hits your tongue right away, and you actually taste more of it. Ultimately that means you can cut out at least half the belly-bloating salt or butter.” Here are some other bizarre weight loss tricks you won’t believe actually work.
They pick the right glassware
When you pour your OJ or apple juice, use a tall, thin glass to save on sugar and calories. A Cornell University study found that when participants poured into a short, squat glass, they drank 25 to 30 percent more. Researchers say individuals tend to focus on the height of the liquid they pour (rather than the width) and therefore estimate that tall glasses hold more liquid than wide ones of the same volume. Check out these other handy tips for practicing portion control.