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Strange, Science-Backed Tricks to Help You Lose Weight

The team at Avenue 80 Apartments in Overland Park, Kansas finds it important that our residents lead healthy, well-informed lives. By presenting new ideas in our resident blog, we make it easy to stay up-to-date with the latest information on health, wellness, finances, and more.

So, when it comes to tackling a hurdle, like losing weight, you’ve likely heard that you need to burn more calories than you ingest, stay hydrated, minimize stress, and have as many restful nights’ sleep as possible. But, what you may not have heard is that there are a few sneaky tricks that you can rely upon to lose weight, too – and, no, we’re not talking about fad diets, juice cleanses, or anything that encourages starvation over satiation.

Instead, we’re talking about scientifically proven hacks to make weight loss a natural byproduct of your new lifestyle. Read on to discover a few of the best tips from the pros at Eat This, Not That.

Move around while you're watching TV or sitting at your desk.

If you stay still while watching TV or working in your office, consider adding movement to your routine. According to top scientists, when you keep your muscles in an inactive state – as in, not moving at all for even short periods of time – your metabolism dips. It’s due to a protein called myosin, which shuts off when you’re inactive for even a few minutes to conserve energy. Fidgeting or moving your arms or legs while doing anything stationary will keep your nervous system engaged and keeps you in an active state.

Wear athleisure clothing when possible.

It may sound silly, but wearing athleisure clothing, or any other clothing that makes it easy to move around in, could contribute to weight loss. According to a study by The American Council on Exercise, wearing less-dressed-up clothing increases physical activity levels in our daily routines. This is likely attributed to the comfort level of athleisure, which better accommodates physical activity than stuffy suits or even denim jeans.

Never shop for food on an empty stomach.

You may have heard that avoiding starvation is key to achieving a healthy weight. Now, there’s even more evidence that supports this. According to one study published in JAMA Internal Medicine, short-term fasts are linked to unhealthy food choices – meaning that if you don’t eat for a short period of time, you’re much more likely to binge on a high-calorie meal. So, never stopping for groceries on an empty stomach. If you do, don’t be surprised to find unhealthy, calorie-rich foods in your cart!

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