Set the Mood for Weight Loss

If you are trying to eat less and lose weight these four tricks may help.

If you are trying to eat less and lose weight these four weird tricks may help.

Light a vanilla-scented candle

The aroma has been shown to dampen dessert cravings. One group of 160 volunteers actually lost an average of 4.5 pounds each by wearing vanilla-scented patches.

Paint the dining room blue

Okay, granted, this is a bit extreme, but researchers have found that people eat 33 percent less in a blue room. The bluish light that results evidently makes food look less appealing. To see if it works for you without doing any whole-scale renovation, try using a blue tablecloth, place mats, or napkins. By the way, red, orange, and yellow colors stimulate appetite, which is why so many fast-food restaurants use that motif.

Put on relaxing music

Soft tunes playing in the background actually encourage more leisurely chewing. It combats hurry-up, stress-related eating by naturally relaxing you.

Turn up the lights

Restaurants don’t just dim the lights to create a romantic atmosphere; they do it so you order more food. Low lighting lowers eating inhibitions.

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