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Worldly Weight Loss Secrets!

Posted on 16 Aug, 2012

You know, losing weight and shaping up doesn’t have to mean a mental battering at the hands of someone like White Goodman from ‘Dodge ball’.' Throughout the last century, people from all over the world have been striving for ways in which to lose weight and gain a fitter body, all whilst maintaining their happy lifestyles. The list below is just a cherry-picked bunch of those weight-loss techniques that worked (there were quite a few unsuccessful attempts!). Take a trip around the globe and then get back to us!

The French excel at the leisurely family meal. On average, 92 percent of French families dine together nightly, compared with 28 percent of American families. For the French, eating is the event of the day, for the English, it's something we do before heading out to do something else (especially in London!). Lengthy meals actually encourage less eating: conversation slows down the fork and gives you time to realize you're full!
In this on-the-go country, many people take time for a daily 20- to 30-minute nap. There's increasing evidence that chronic sleep deprivation raises the risk of weight gain. Many people think they're hungry when they're actually sleepy! A lot of the time Instead of a snack, all you need is some shut-eye!
Most westerners respect yoga's stress-busting and flexibility-enhancing power, but not many realize it facilitates weight loss. In fact, a recent study found that yoga devotees have a lower body mass index (BMI) than other exercisers do. There are probably multiple reasons. Yoga is best done on an empty stomach and can build muscle (depending on your preferred poses), which boosts your metabolism. And it encourages mindfulness, which includes paying attention to whether you feel full.
It's a deeply rooted Norwegian habit: On Sunday, everyone from toddlers to grandparents heads out to hike (in summer) or cross-country ski (in winter). Compare that with the typical American household, where the only Sunday expedition is from the fridge to the football game on TV. Start a Nordic tradition in your house. At halftime, shoo everyone outdoors for a walk around the neighborhood.  
Bikes (18 million) outnumber people (16.5 million) in the Netherlands. 54 percent of Dutch bike owners use them for daily activities, such as shopping and traveling to work. The average Dutchman pedals 541 miles per year. Traffic lights in parts of Amsterdam are even synchronized to bike speed. If you're of average size and pedaling at a moderate pace, you can burn around 550 calories per hour.
Don’t let the title of ‘Boot camp’ put you off. Although based on the army philosophy, this retreat is anything but military. Over the past few years, this type of retreat/experience has grown in popularity, and has proved to be a great way to kickstart someones healthy weight loss regime.
If you have your own successful secret for keeping fit, then by all means get in touch...we'll try anything!