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11 Strange, Science-Backed Ways to Lose Weight

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This article was written by Jenny Sugar and repurposed with permission from POPSUGAR Fitness.

If you're sick of hearing that eating smaller portions and exercising are the key to weight loss, it's time to find out what else works. These science-backed tricks might sound strange, but giving them a try could give your pounds-dropping power a boost.

Related: 100 Simple Ways to Lose Weight

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Eat Chocolate For Breakfast

Good news for those with an insatiable sweet tooth: Giving into your cravings might actually curb them. We're not suggesting you eat an entire Hershey's bar upon waking, but you can add a few chocolate chips to your overnight oats, sip on a chocolate protein smoothie, or bite into a homemade chocolate almond protein bar. Getting a little taste of something sweet in a healthy way will keep you satiated so you don't end up devouring a pint of chocolate ice cream later.

RELATED: Chocolate Almond Protein Bars You'll Mistake For Dessert

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Go For Big Chunks

Whether it's a salad, soup, stir-fry, or casserole, cutting your veggies into big chunks takes less time to prepare and can help you drop pounds. Chomping down on big pieces of veggies requires more chewing and more effort to eat. That will slow down how quickly you eat and can help you feel more satisfied—which translates to eating less food overall. You can also take the opposite approach by cutting up your food into tiny bites to trick your brain into thinking there's more on your plate and feeling like you're eating more than you actually are.

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Hit the ATM

Buying food with actual dollars instead of a credit card makes you more conscious about how much you're spending so you're less likely to cash in on junk food you don't really need.

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Make Your Water Warm

Research shows that drinking a glass of warm or even hot water before a meal can make you fill up faster so you'll end up consuming less food.

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Eat Here

When people eat alone, they may end up eating up to three times more than they normally would. Try to eat in front of at least one other person, and it doesn't need to be someone you know! Eat on a park bench, in a cafe, or in the break room at work to reap the benefits of this trick.

RELATED: The Definitive Guide to Losing Weight

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Snap a Pic

Writing down your meals and snacks is an effective way to keep track of daily calorie intake, but sometimes we forget just how much we eat. By taking a photo of everything you nosh on throughout the day—even a handful of M&M's—you can accurately tally it up at the end of the day.

Learn about five more weird yet effective ways to lose weight at POPSUGAR Fitness. 

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