As strange as it may sound, you can lose weight if you eat slower. Ninety-two percent of French families eat their meals together, and the average meal time lasts 33 minutes during the week. On the weekends, the average meal time lasts 43 minutes. Interestingly, France’s obesity rate is less than half of the American obesity rate.
Researchers have found that it takes the brain about 20 minutes to realize when the stomach is full. Therefore, you will naturally consume less food if you eat slower.
Nordic walking is an activity that involves holding lightweight poles while one walks. This is an activity that is very popular in Finland. Studies have shown that lightweight poles can increase the amount of calories that you burn in a single session by up to 65 percent. You may want to consider relaxing in a Bullfrog hot tub after you have completed a Nordic walking session.
Use Turmeric When You Cook
Turmeric is a spice that Malaysians frequently use when they cook. There was a study done by Tufts University in Boston that suggested that turmeric can help suppress the growth of fatty tissue. In the study, two groups of rats were fed high-fat diets, but one group had turmeric with their meals. The results of the study showed that the rats who had turmeric in their diet gained less weight.
The obesity rate in Japan is only 3.2 percent, which is one of the lowest rates in the world. Many people in Japan take a 20-30 minute nap during the day. Researchers have found that people who are chronically sleep deprived are much more likely to gain weight. Sleep deprivation raises ghrelin while lowering leptin. Ghrelin increases appetite while leptin suppresses it.
Eat More Rice And Beans
In Brazil, people eat rice and beans with just about every meal. A study that was published in a journal called Obesity Research has shown that people who eat rice and beans are 14 percent less likely to become obese. Beans are rich in fiber. Fiber-rich foods prevent blood sugar spikes, which often lead to cravings for sugary foods.