It’s almost the end of February, and after two months of self-denial, your New Year’s resolution to lose weight is proving discouragingly difficult. You know what you need to do: Cut calories and up your activity level. And you’re on the right track – but the train seems to have slowed down to a crawl.Here are 6 tricks weight loss gurus use to peel off pounds more quickly.That’s right, eat more – just not at mealtimes. It’s more than likely that, in your drive to diet, you’ve begun stretching the time between meals, a common weight loss strategy. (Example: I’ll just wait another half hour to eat lunch, I can make it, and that will mean I’ve gone five hours on only 400 calories.Unfortunately, while this strategy makes logical sense, because it feels like fewer meals means less food, the opposite is true. If you wait until you’re super hungry before you eat, you’re bound to eat more before you feel satisfied. (You also tend to eat faster, another no-no.Solution: Keep numerous healthy snacks like almonds, sunflower seeds, sliced apples, trail mix, low fat cheese, and whole wheat crackers on hand and eat something light but nutritious every couple of hours.
2. Stop Multitasking.Managers, you’re probably shaking your heads about now. After all, if we don’t multitask, how in the world are we going to get everything done? But when you’re doing five things at once, your mind’s not fully engaged in any one task. That makes you less fully conscious, and more likely to think about food, or dig mindlessly into your snack drawer or that candy jar on a coworker’s desk.Multitasking also tends to send us into a stressed-out tizzy, a prerequisite for emotional eating. Instead, try giving each task on your to-do list your full attention for a set amount of time. Not only will you get better results much more quickly, you’ll be less likely to obsess about food or engage in mindless emotional eating.I’ve talked about strength training for weight loss before, so I’ll keep it short. Think of it as an equal partner with aerobic exercise, which burns calories but doesn’t have a significant longterm effect on metabolism. While aerobic exercise is best for calorie burning, strength training amps up your metabolism by increasing muscle mass.