Are you the type who keeps trying to lose weight but keeps failing? Have you tried all sorts of diet programs but never seem to succeed? Well, you may have habits that ruin everything. Or you just picked up a wrong diet program filled with misconceptions. Here are some tips that may break the cycle for you.
- Don’t starve yourself. Starving yourself never works. Your body is smarter than you think. You may lose some weight the first couple of days. But as soon as your body realizes your eating less, it will go into “save mode” and will drastically lower your metabolism. It will conserve the minimal food you eat and burn less calories for your activities. Instead, eat in small quantities frequently. This will prevent you from overeating.
- Eat more fruits and veggies. Make fruits and vegetables a staple in your daily diet. Consuming more fiber is not only good for your health, but it also fills you up more than sweets or junk food. Soda and junk food are loaded with so much sugar and saturated fats — there is no question that you will gain weight that would be so difficult to lose if you take them regularly.
- Not all food and drinks labeled as low fat or low cal or diet are good for your weight loss program. Diet soda inhibits the hormone leptin that regulates metabolism and appetite. Fruit juices, cereal bars, yogurt, rice cakes, and granola bars actually have high calories and sugar that aren’t really weight busters. Watch the dressing in your salad too.
- Get enough sleep. Studies show that your glucose levels can rise if you get only 4 to 7 hours of sleep each night for 6 consecutive nights. Every hour of rest before 12 a.m. is twice as valuable as the hours after midnight: Our cortisol levels are lowest before midnight therefore our recovery is the highest.
- Slow down when you eat. Eating too fast makes you overeat because it takes time before your body realizes that it is full. Chew your food well and take your time. When your body realizes that it is full, you have just taken the right amount of food.
- Perform activities that will minimize stress. Stress can make you eat more than you should. Exercise regularly and breathe properly. Yoga is probably the best exercise to take away stress and keep your body strong and healthy. Yoga regulates blood flow and tones the body. It also improves mental acuity as you learn to focus better.
After all is said and done, just remember that staying healthy and fit should be your objective rather than to lose weight. Maintaining a healthy diet and staying active with sports or work outs will eventually lead you to lose those extra flabs.