1. BIG FAT LIE
Don’t fall for bull when trying to tip the scales, especially with the idea that all carbs make you fat. A blanket veto achieves nothing. Focus on fibrous and nutritious carbs such as nuts and sweet potatoes. They will boost energy and stop you losing muscle.
2. HUNGER PAINS
New research from Yale School of Medicine suggests that an achy back may make you overeat. In the study, people with chronic low-back pain enjoyed pudding less than pain-free people.
The researchers also found that no link existed between how much the back-pain sufferers liked the food and the quantity they ate.
This disconnect may occur because brain circuits that process pain overlap with those that register food’s appeal, says study author Dr Paul Geha.
3. COLOUR OFF CALORIES
Associate a powerful colour, such as red, with time spent at the gym. Pairing vivid imagery with a goal makes it a more dominant thought, says psychologist Daniel Wagner. Purple dumbbells, anyone?
4. AMAZING GRAZE
Chew on this: An edible grass may help prevent weight gain, a study in the journal Food and Agricultural Immunology reports.
Overweight male rats that ate sorghum fibre every day for eight weeks gained less weight than those on a sorghum-free diet.
Digesting the fibre produced higher levels of Lactobacillus and Bifidobacteria – healthy gut bugs believed to help with weight control, according to scientists. More research is required, however.
5. SLOW DOWN TO SLIM DOWN
You don’t need heavy exertion to cut your gut: Low-intensity exercise can deflate your spare tyre just as effectively as high-intensity ones, suggests new research published in Annals of Internal Medicine.
After six months of treadmill training, the study participants had the same success – 4cm less belly – whether they burned 600 calories the harder way (in 40 minutes) or the easier way (in 60 minutes).
“When it comes to abdominal obesity, intensity makes no difference,” says study author Robert Ross. The “easy” group walked or jogged at 50 percent of their VO2 max five days a week.