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6 Surprising Ways to Lose Winter Weight

By    |   Sunday, 15 March 2015 08:45 PM

 
Winter can be bad for your waistline. Old Man Winter keeps many of us from our normal fitness routines, and he seems to conspire with Mother Nature who encourages us to get a little extra padding through high-calorie comfort food. But spring is only weeks away, bringing warm weather that forces us to shed bulky sweaters that hide winter's extra bulges. If you'd like to slough off those extra pounds, try the following six tips — which can be as simple as stepping outside or drinking a glass of juice.
 
Get Some Sunshine. Millions of people suffer from seasonal affective disorder (SAD), which can trigger cravings for high-calorie comfort foods, such as pasta and potatoes. Getting out into the sun encourages the production of vitamin D, the sunshine vitamin. Researchers found that a lack of vitamin D appeared to be a major factor in the development of SAD. Get a head start on the sun by taking vitamin D supplements.
 
• Eat seaweed. A carotenoid found in brown edible seaweeds called fucoxanthin promotes weight loss. A 2006 animal study from Japan's Hokkaido University found that obese rats lost 5 to 10 percent of their body weight when the seaweed was added to their regular food. A study of obese premenopausal women found that fucoxanthin (2.4 mg a day) combined with pomegranate seed oil significantly improved weight loss and reduced liver fat and as well as reduced LDL (bad) cholesterol and triglycerides. Fucoxanthin stimulates the production of a protein that causes the body to burn more fat.
 
• Sniff pounds away. Research conducted by noted neurologist and psychiatrist Alan Hirsch found that simply sniffing particular scents — peppermint, green apple, and banana — can help you lose weight. "A large part of the reason that you feel full is your brain interpreting that you’ve smelled it and tasted it,” Hirsch tells Newsmax Health. "Our sense of smell and our appetite are closely related," he says. "More than 90 percent of taste is smell."
 
Use bottles of essential oils, he says, and change scents daily — peppermint one day, for instance, and green apple the next. Other studies back up the power of scents to aid weight loss. Placebo-controlled research at the Human Neuro-Sensory Laboratory found that people who inhaled scents before meals lost an average of 19 pounds in six months while those in the placebo group lost an average of 4 pounds.
 
• Drink water before meals. Drinking two 8-ounce glasses of water before meals can help you shed unwanted pounds, according to a study of dieters aged 55 to 75 conducted at Virginia Tech. "Over the course of 12 weeks, dieters who drank water before meals, three times per day, lost about 5 pounds more than dieters who did not increase their water intake," said senior author Brenda Davy. "Drinking more water is a simple strategy that may help people trying to lose weight," she said. "We're not saying 'drink more water and the fat will melt away.' But for people who are trying to lose weight, it's  a simple way to facilitate weight management."
 
• Take HCA. Hydroxycitric acid (HCA) is a safe, natural appetite suppressant, according to several studies, and the dried fruit rinds from which it is derived have been used as a condiment in Southeast Asia for centuries. In one 12-week, double-blind, placebo-controlled study, obese women taking HCA lost almost three times as much weight as women taking a placebo. Animal studies show that HCA can cut fat production by up to 70 per cent for up to 12 hours after eating.
 
Drink a glass of vegetable juice. A study from Baylor College of Medicine found that patients with metabolic syndrome who drank at least one glass of low sodium vegetable juice each day lost four times as much weight as those who followed the same diet but didn’t drink vegetable juice. "This study shows that by taking simple, proactive steps such as drinking low sodium vegetable juice while watching calorie intake, people can begin to control their weight, which helps reduce the risk of long-term health implications," the authors wrote.
 
 

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