Amazingly Simple Methods That Can Help You Lose Weight

Published:April 9th, 2011

Are you tired trying one weight loss method after another without apparent results? Do you want to know the well kept secrets that can help you lose weight without spending much on weight loss medications and supplements and commercial diets?

A study conducted in Wayne State University, Detroit, Miami and published in the 2008 issue of the International Journal of Obesity reveals that approximately seven percent of the entire world population is obese.  In the United States alone, around 66% percent of the American adults belong to the overweight and the obese population. Obesity is strongly linked to a number of chronic medical problems such as gallbladder disease, cardiovascular problems, type 2 diabetes, hypertension, arthritis and cancer. Furthermore, having a large body size induces psychological consequences associated with depression, discrimination and a decreased perception in the quality of one’s life.

You may be wondering how so many people have no problems in maintaining their normal weight while you, on the other hand, are struggling real hard to decrease even a single pound on your weighing scale. But don’t lose heart. Here are some of the amazingly simple ways to lose weight the healthy way:

  • Always chew your gum. Chewing your gum an hour before your regular meal can trigger better and earlier satiety, says a study published by the Journal of the American Dental Association in 2008. According to this study, the actual act of chewing causes the firing of signals from the nerves of your jaw muscles to the satiety center of your brain, causing your brain to feel a little more satisfied than usual even with a lesser caloric intake. But there’s more benefit with chewing that gum. Constant chewing can also trigger better blood flow into your brain causing you to be more alert and energetic at the same time.
  • Eat your egg for breakfast. According to the said study published by the International Journal of Obesity, eating an egg for breakfast can help you lose more weight. How? You see, satiety, or the feeling of satisfaction from the food you eat is positively associated with your protein, fiber and water intake. Eggs contain lots and lots of protein in the form of albumin and this can help you feel satisfied faster than you normally do.
  • Watch what you are drinking. Your beverage consumption might be positively affecting your weight gain without you knowing it, according to the John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Calories may be in the form of liquid and solid calories. However, liquid calories was shown by studies to significantly affect weight gain or weight loss. In fact, as mentioned by this source reducing your liquid caloric intake can result in a weight loss of  a quarter of a kilo within 6 months and another quarter of a kilo within 18 months. Reducing your sugar sweetened drinks even by one serving can decrease your weight by 0.5 kilos within 6 months and 0,7 kilos within another eighteen months.
  • Keep a food diary. If you are that serious in making your weight loss a reality, you must always use a food diary to record what you are eating. In fact, as mentioned by Kaiser Permanente, keeping a food diary can make your weight loss twice as effective.Your food diary does not need to be so formal in appearance. Just the effort of scribbling what you eat can make you better disciplined with your weight loss efforts in the process.
  • Use a pedometer. Do you know that a pedometer can help you lose weight? How? You see, according to Stanford School of Medicine, using a pedometer, that small inexpensive device that counts the number of steps you make in a given period of time, can be a very nice motivator in helping you burn more energy through walking. The more you walk, the more calories you burn resulting in better, healthier weight reduction.
  • Drink two glasses of water before your regular meal. Want to lose more? Drink two glasses of water before your meal and watch yourself lose more weight. According to Daily Record, drinking lots of water before your meal can make you control your appetite much better. So to avoid binge eating and getting greatly starve in between meals, drink plenty of water.

You don’t need to spend much and buy so many commercial diet plans and books to lose weight. All it needs is incorporate healthy lifestyle practices into your daily life.


International Journal of Obesity; Egg Breakfast Enhances Weight Loss; Vander Wal, J.S. et al.; 2008

Journal of the American Dental Association; Gum chewing as an adjunct to use of medications; Curro, F.A.; 2008

Joh Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health: Beverage Consumption a Bigger Factor in Weight

Kaiser Permanente:Kaiser Permanente Study Finds Keeping a Food Diary Doubles Diet Weight Loss

Stanford School of Medicine:Pedometers help people stay active, Stanford study finds

Daily Record; Water Way to Lose Weight; Two Glasses Before Eating is Best Way to Shed the Pounds; Burns, J.; August 2010

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