26 Weight Loss Tricks That Are Actually Evidence-Based

8. Eat Less Refined Carbs

Refined carbohydrates include sugar and grains that have been stripped of their fibrous, nutritious parts. These include white bread and pasta.

Studies show that refined carbs can spike blood sugar rapidly, leading to hunger, cravings and increased food intake a few hours later. Eating refined carbs is strongly linked to obesity (202122).

If you’re going to eat carbs, make sure to eat them with their natural fiber.

9. Go on a Low-Carb Diet

If you want to get all the benefits of carb restriction, then consider going all the way and committing to a low-carb diet.

Numerous studies show that such a regimen can help you lose 2–3 times as much weight as a standard low-fat diet while also improving your health (232425).

10. Use Smaller Plates

Using smaller plates has been shown to help some people automatically eat fewer calories (26).

However, the plate-size effect doesn’t appear to affect everyone. Those who are overweight seem to be more affected (2728).

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