Here we share some scientific facts you may not know about what really works when it comes to losing weight. Read on!
1) Losing weight is harder for women
Researchers from the University of Aberdeen have found that the process of losing weight is different in males and females. This happens because the wiring that regulates their energy expenditure is not the same in both sexes. As a result, the professor that conducted the research advises that if you are female and you are trying to lose weight without success, you should reduce your portion sizes.
2) Protein helps
When it comes to being on a diet, one of the most difficult challenges is beating hunger. But that can change: diets in which protein is eaten at every meal may help because protein keeps hunger at bay for longer than carbohydrates. Some food rich in protein includes lean meat, fish, dairy, eggs, and poultry or plant sources such as tofu, lentils, and beans.
3) Have smaller plates
Studies stated that eating off smaller plates could reduce calories by 527 calories a day which could add up to a pound lost in a week. This is a good idea because you have more control over what you eat, and you consume what you have on your plate. Another proven fact is that using plates in a color that contrasts with the color of the food served can help you eat less.
‘When people are served big portions of food, eat from large packets or use large tableware they eat more and one UK study found ‘plate clearing’ occurs at 91 percent of meals,’ says Dr. Lucy Chambers, a nutrition scientist at the British Nutrition Foundation.
4) Being cold burns more calories
This happens because when you are cold, your body activates thermogenesis, the calorie-burning effect of the body, and it also activates brown fat.