How to Use Weird Diet Tricks That Really Work

Tired of counting calories and measuring portions? Try these weird diet tricks instead.

You will need

  • Tight clothes
  • Cash
  • Fruit bowls
  • Elevated cake plates
  • The "rule of 2
  • Silence
  • Mirrors (optional)

Step 1 Wear tight clothes Wear tight clothes when you eat — especially if you’re in the habit of changing into something roomy when you come home from work. The snugness is a tactile reminder not to overindulge.

Step 2 Pay cash Pay cash for food, whether you’re at the grocery store or in a restaurant. People who use cash think more carefully about what they’re purchasing, and that extends to the food choices they make.

Step 3 Highlight fruit and veggies Put colorful fruits and vegetables in pretty bowls and stands in well-lit areas; you’ll eat more of them if they’re beautifully and conspicuously displayed.

Step 4 Use the rule of two Use the “rule of 2” at a buffet: go as many times as you want, but limit yourself to no more than 2 types of food per trip. Studies have shown that variety makes us eat more.

Step 5 Eat in peace Eat some meals alone, in silence. People eat more in groups, and they eat more when the TV is on. Dining solo, with no distractions, forces you to focus on the food, which helps you recognize when you’ve had enough.