Is today the first day you are embarking on your New Year's resolution to lose weight? It can be a real challenge to stick to eating healthy when there is so much temptation all around us. But some of those bad habits you are trying to quit for 2016 may actually be something that can help you drop pounds this year.
Yahoo Health has 8 bad habits that can actually work to your advantage, but here are 4 of my personal favorites!
1. Eat Moe Chocolate: I don't think I've ever met a piece of chocolate I didn't like so this one tops my list. "U.C. San Diego researchers found that adults who regularly eat chocolate are actually thinner than those who ate chocolate less often, regardless of exercise or calorie intake (the chocolate fans actually took in more calories each day). Coincidentally, researchers say the belly-slimming properties of chocolate are actually unlocked in our gut, where good bacteria ferment cocoa into anti-inflammatory compounds that can “turn off” genes linked to obesity."
2. Do Some Cheating: "n fact a recent study found overweight dieters who ate a large breakfast that included a dessert lost 15 pounds over the course of 16 weeks, while study participants who ate a small, no-dessert breakfast gained an average of 24 pounds over the same time frame." Cheating is good for your diet!
3. Sleep More: Getting the right amount of sleep can make or break your weight loss attempt! "When you don’t get enough shut-eye, researchers say, you’re more likely to munch on junk food, especially at night."
4. Enjoy some Pasta! Give me all that carb-ladden pasta! "You can actually burn calories by eating pasta. The trick: you have to put it in the fridge first. The drop in temperature changes the nature of the carbs in the noodles into “resistant starch,” meaning your body has to work harder to digest it which means you will burn more calories!"
Of course, all these little cheats and bad habits need to be enjoyed in moderation, but hopefully you knew that already. Lord knows I have tried the chocolate and pasta diet many times and well it doesn't work! 🙂