Weight loss doesn’t have to be a hopeless reach-for-the-stars effort. You can lose weight—and keep it off!
When poring through the scientific research for the Digest Diet weight-loss program, what kept coming up was how much of hunger is emotional, rather than physical.
Emotional eating—that is, trying to make yourself feel better with food when you’re stressed, anxious, bored, or sad; or even to celebrate when you’re happy—can sabotage weight-loss efforts and also mess with your overall well-being. If you’re worried about something, or fighting with a loved one, you may turn to food for comfort rather than dealing with the painful situation directly. Read on for some easy tricks that work to beat the blues without food.
1. Laugh off the calories. (Or, scream them off.)
Believe it or not, watching your favorite sitcom can help boost your metabolism as well as your mood. New research I found while combing through studies for The Digest Diet revealed that an hour of intense laughter can burn as many calories as a half-hour of hitting it hard at the gym. Try watching a funny YouTube clip when you need a quick break at work or TV reruns of your favorite comedy to unwind at night.
There also is new research from the University of Westminster that shows you can slash calories while watching a horror film (if that’s your thing). As your adrenaline surges, you burn nearly as many calories as a 30-minute walk. (They suggest The Shining for the top “workout,” melting 184 calories.)