burn-fatLose 2kg in 8 weeks with these 10 Simple tips. You'll fall under the spell of a subliminal slim-down and cut nab without thinking

1 HYPNOTISE THE HOBNOBS

Rewind to what you had for your last meal. Psychologists at the University of Birmingham found that even three hours after eating, thinking about what you consumed earlier in the day reduces your calorie Intake and cuts the urge to snack mid-afternoon. Come 3pm. the biscuits will stay in their box.

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259kcal saved from three mid-afternoon chocolate digestives.

2 GO TO THE LIGHT

You’re lighter when its brighter. "Get outdoors in natural daylight as much as possible, especially at mid day or on bright days, "says Bridget O'Connell. head of Information at mental health charity Mind. This combats a craving for carbohydrates, Including simple sugars, caused by the shorter days and dipping serotonin levels during winter. You can't fast forward the seasons but maximise your day in the sun to play sleight-of-hand on that urge to pick up a snack.


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260kcal saved by walking out on a Mars bar.

3 THEME YOUR MEALSburn-fat-1

More flavours .. more munching. ' Mixed flavours stimulate the brain's hypothalamus to produce more neuropeptide Y. a hormone that Increases appetite." says Dr David  Katz,  a food scientist at Yale University. But when your food follows a sensory 'theme' , you’re less likely to gorge. Try scrambled eggs with spinach in the morning, re-using the leaves in a chicken salad at lunch and again with pasta for dinner.

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235kcal tricked away from an otherwise hefty buffet lunch.

4 CHANGE CHANNELS

Switch on Bargain Hunt. The Smell & Taste Treatment & Research foundation found watching boring TV suppresses appetite. While you'll eat upto 44%more during more entertaining programmes.

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876kcal saved by flicking from a large Americano from Domino's.

5 VARY YOUR ROUTINE

Be less of an automaton. "Try new ways of doing things to break the habit machine that makes people fat: says Ben Fletcher, professor of psychology at the University of Hertfordshire .” Read a different newspaper or see different friends." Altering these habits will switch off auto-pilot when you're cruising the supermarket.

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681kcal saved as you skip a Sainsbury's  pasta bake.

6 BE A FOOD CRITIC

Pay attention to the first three bites and eat slowly,  says Jeffrey Greeson,  a health psychologist at Duke Integrative Medicine in the US. "This boosts satiety and promotes a sense of satisfaction. " 'While University of Rhode Island researchers discovered slowing down decreases calorie intake by 10%.

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l00kcal hypnotically trimmed from a Sunday roast.

7 LOOK INTO THE SIZE •••

"You’re less likely to overeat using smaller plates ." says Paul Macarble of the British Dietetic; Association. In a US study,  85 people were asked to serve themselves ice cream, with a variety of bowl and spoon sizes. Subjects with larger bowls served up 31%more Ice cream and, When they used a large spoon. They dished 14.5%rnore into their bowls.

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90kcal saved by using a small spoon for your Haagen-Dazs.

8 STARE INTO THE BLUE

Try serving your dinner on blue crockery-the colour  unconsciously caps your appetite as It Isn't one that often occurs  naturally in food. Psychologists in New York also found that party attendees ate 33% less when they dined in a room which was decorated blue.

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433kcal erased from that now less-than-tempting  dinner-party buffet.

9 EAT OFF YOUR FEET

Take a seat.  People who sit down to eat formally at a table consume fewer calories at their next meal than people who snack while they're on the go. According to a University of Toronto study.

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200kcal saved at dinner by mindlessly sitting down for lunch.

10 ADD ROMANCE

Men consume 35% less when they eat with a significant other. "People match their food Intake to their dining partners “ says Dr Sarah-Jeanne SaIvy, of the State University of New York at Buffalo. Men eat quickly, Which is bad for digestion. Take meals in the slow lane, with a lady in the passenger seat,  and you’ll  soon be hauling a lighter load.

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445kcal saved when a curry is enjoyed with your lady.