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We’re all tired of seeing the same weight loss advice over and over again. So why do these tips keep appearing? In most cases, it’s because they are tried and true and work well for many types of people.

However, if you’ve tried all the tricks and still aren’t losing weight despite a healthy lifestyle, you may be starting to get frustrated. Instead of dangerous fad diets, try some of these innovative weight loss tricks to kick start your journey to a slimmer you.

Come back next week for even more unique ideas.

Downsize Your Dishes

If your kitchen is full of huge plates and bowls, you may be unwittingly eating more calories than you think you are. When there is more space on your plate, you are likely to use that space by adding more food than you need to be satisfied. Try eating on dessert plates instead or investing in smaller dishes (and stop yourself from going back for seconds).

Get Your Nutrients

It’s unclear how much cravings have to do with nutrient deficiencies, but you can help offset potential cravings by taking a daily multivitamin. Even if it doesn’t help you lose weight, you’ll be ensuring you get the nutrients you need, which could cut back on cravings.

Don’t Give Up If You Indulge

If you’ve ever started the day off on the wrong foot (with a cheese Danish, for instance), then you may have found yourself feeling so guilty that you give the rest of the day up as a lost cause, eating even more unhealthy food. Don’t succumb to this trap! Indulge once in a while, but keep on track the rest of the time. Aim for eating properly most of the week and take one day off (the 80/20 rule).

Snack Smarter

Stock your home and lunch box with healthy snacks, such as: low-fat or non-fat yogurt, fresh fruits, vegetables, nuts, whole grain crackers, and healthy spreads, such as hummus. If you buy and pack only healthy food, it will be effortless to make the right choices throughout the day.

Spice It Up

Spicy food forces you to eat more slowly, which allows your body to recognize that it is full before you overeat. You’ll still feel satisfied while consuming fewer calories. Hot peppers and spices such as turmeric also have metabolic and health benefits.

Avoid Free Appetizers

This tip is fairly obvious, but easy to ignore: Avoid the free bread and butter or chips and salsa when eating out. You’ll only fill up on empty calories and eat less of the meal you paid for.

Sleep More

Good-quality sleep affects all aspects of your life in a positive way, including your weight. Sleep deprivation can affect stress and hormone levels that can lead to weight gain. Aim for 7-8 hours a night, and take a 20-30 minute nap if you need to.

Need More Help?

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Sources:

http://www.allure.com/beauty-trends/health/2012/15-weird-weight-loss-tricks#slide=1

http://www.besthealthmag.ca/get-healthy/weight-loss/17-unusual-weight-loss-tips?slide=2

*Smartlipo is a trademark of Cynosure, Inc. The information on this page is not intended to be used as medical advice in any way. Always consult with your doctor for any health related concerns and before starting a new diet or exercise program.