Go ahead, think about candy

Go ahead, think about candy

You heard that right! Researchers from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh found that by fantasizing about your favorite treats, your actual consumption of that treat may be reduced — because your brain has already “experienced” them on some level. So, feel free to daydream about the chocolate-caramel bar or gummy bears you saw at the grocery store checkout line. Just don’t buy them!

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Cheat meals don’t have to wreck your diet
If you eat healthfully most of the time, an indulgence here or there doesn’t have to be bad for you, says Nadia Murdock, fitness expert and coach. If you’re craving a burger, have one without the guilt. “Eat only half the bun and ditch the fatty condiments like mayo and ketchup, which pack on a lot of sugar,” she says. The same rule goes for cocktails, she says. Enjoy some of your favorites while staying on track. “If you love white wine, add seltzer for a white wine spritzer,” Murdock says. “You still can enjoy a glass — with half the calories.”

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Train your eye
Learn how to eyeball proper portion sizes. First, educate yourself on the right portions for the foods you eat on a regular basis, suggests Waehner. You can use tools such as plates with markings for portions of proteins, fruits, and vegetables. “It’s a lot of work, but try it for a week,” she says. “You’ll be surprised by how much you eat and that you can usually satisfy your hunger with less food,” resulting in more extreme weight loss.

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Snacking isn’t all bad
Snacking — when done correctly — can actually help you with extreme weight loss. You heard that right! “I like to snack on 100-calorie packs of pistachios,” says Amy Gorin, MS, RDN, owner of Amy Gorin Nutrition in the New York City area. “The shells provide a visual cue of the amount that you’ve eaten, which may help you stop noshing before you have extra servings.” Shelling the nuts also helps slow down your eating. In one preliminary study in Appetite, volunteers eating in-shell pistachios consumed 41 percent fewer calories than people snacking on the shelled version. And here’s how you can eat larger portions and still lose weight!

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