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Tip of the week: Easy ways to lose weight

Turn off the TV; Eat off blue plates; Time your fruit intake; Leave behind a mess

Turn off the TV. Research has shown that people consume “up to 71 percent” more food while glued to the TV. If you’re fixated on ESPN, you may not notice you’re full.

Eat off blue plates. The color blue is a natural appetite suppressant. In one study, people who dined in a blue room ate 33 percent less than those who ate in a yellow or red room.

Time your fruit intake. Getting enough fruit is important, but eating it after a protein-rich meal of fish or poultry can cause bloating because of the fermentation of natural sugars. Try eating it earlier, when it will also “take the edge off your appetite”.

Leave behind a mess. It typically takes 20 minutes for your brain to realize you’re full, so leaving unfinished portions on the table while you eat helps you see the “damage you’ve done,” and know when to stop.

Source: Men’s Fitness (U.K.)

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