The holidays are quickly approaching, and college students everywhere are trying to lose the weight they gained from Ramen, booze and Kimmel. The last thing anyone wants to do is have to go home and run into an ex being fifteen or so pounds heavier than the last time he or she saw you. So to help everyone who has gained the freshman 15–even those of you who aren’t freshmen–I’ve compiled a short little list of bizarre weight loss solutions you won’t find in the magazines to help you on your dieting journey.
The Color BLUE:
I know it sounds crazy, but it has been proven time and time again that blue isn’t just an awesomely bad Eiffel 65 song, but also a bizarre weight-loss solution. The color actually functions as a diet suppressant. I mean, when was the last time you saw the color blue in a fast food restaurant? The colors mostly associated with food, according to an Indiana University research study, are orange and yellow, while blue is said to be the least affective color for food promotion.
So, if you aren’t into diet pills, or whatever else the Kardashian family is endorsing these days, and you want to lose weight the natural way–along with exercise and proper diet–diet experts suggest supplementing the color blue into your eating habits. You can do this just by eating your food off a blue plate. If you’re really serious about you weight loss, some diet experts also suggest looking into a blue light for your refrigerator.
Also important to keep in mind: calories come in liquid form too. For tips on what Friday night drinks to avoid, click here.
Mirrors at Dinner:
As bad as it sounds, studies published in the Journal of Applied Psychology have suggested that if you place a mirror across your seat at the dinner table, you will eat less than you normally would. “Looking at your own reflection in the mirror will make you more self-conscious of what and how much you eat,” Brad J. Bushman, Ph.D, author of the study, said. To make it sound a little better, think of it as eating with a group of people. You’re more likely to binge eat when you’re by yourself than out with friends.
Ditch the TV:
It may seem like common sense, but a study conducted at California State University points out that people who have only one television in their homes (not located in the bedroom) lose more weight and keep it off for longer. This also includes laptops for those of you who stream movies before bed.
For advice on the best time to eat during the day and still keep your weight down, check out Jerk’s tips on how to create a healthy eating schedule.