Every day, we are hit with shock statistics and advice on this subject, that often fluctuates and changes, one day this is bad the next it’s good. When you’re trying to lose weight, this can be frustrating to know what’s right for you.
Effective, healthy weight loss is a long-term process of healthy habits that rely on more than just nutrition and exercise it’s the little things we do, day in and day out, things that we barely notice we’re doing, which determine whether our waistlines are going up or down.
This can all sound complicated but if you can work out your own weight gain habits, you can completely change the way you look and feel without having to drastically change your life. Just simply add or tweak a few of these 12 tips every day and you could be on your way to a leaner you in no time!
You haven’t set a realistic goal – Instead of aiming for a size that has not been seen in your wardrobe for many years, set more attainable goals, even modest weight loss can help keep you motivated to the next.
You’re not moving enough – if you sit at an office desk for more than six hours a day studies say it can increase your health issues by up to 50%, strategies to move around in the office are endless and can really assist with your overall exercise through the week
You’ve started a diet or restricting foods – 95% of all dieters will regain the weight they lose within one year, restricting your food actually slows down weight loss. Eating healthy is a lot more effective long term and fun.
You’re not eating enough Protein – protein is often described as the building blocks of life, our bodies enzymes, hormones, molecules are proteins. Protein also plays a part in developing strong bones, healthy hair, and nails. Therefore It’s vital that our protein sources are rich
Eating the wrong Carbs – eating the wrong type of carbohydrates is what makes you fat, slower burning carbs will give you the right energy levels without seeking the next caffeine fix helping you burn more calories, eat less, and decrease stress levels.
Avoiding fats – fats doesn’t make you fat, it’s actually too much of the wrong carbs. A diet that is high in carbs and fat will make you fat, but it’s NOT because of the fat. Don’t be scared of good fats, studies are always showing that diets with a good balance of fat lead to much better weight loss.
Lack of sleep – a good nights sleep is one of the most important things that cannot be supplemented with an alternative, it’s our natural reset button. Sleep deprivation is a vicious cycle that can sabotage your waistline and health.
Under constant stress – if you’re constantly facing multiple demands with huge workloads every day, your body will treat this as a threat then raising your stress hormones, the continuous exposure to this can put you at risk to many health problems including weight gain. It’s important to find ways of coping with the stressors.
Skipping meals – starting the day with a good breakfast then balancing each meal then on after will teach your body to burn what you eat as fuel, skipping meals throughout the day teaches your body to go into weight gain storage mode as it never really knows when the next nutritious meal is coming.
Not drinking enough water – our bodies consist of water at least two-thirds of your total body weight. The chemical reactions that happen in our body can only happen in water also getting rid of waste and taking in nutrients. This being said avoiding fizzy drinks and tap water then supplementing with mineral water will work wonders.
You’re not taking enough time out – putting in the commitment to take action is important however you must also take time out to rest in between, it’s actually when you rest is when you become stronger and leaner.
Not addressing any medical situation first – Hidden underlying medical problems or medications may have some side effects on your weight, always have a health check with a doctor before taking on weight loss.
In a Nutshell
With all that said, What’s most important to remember is that implementing small healthy habits every day will benefit the bigger picture and not just mean you’ll have great results but you’ll also be healthy and full of energy, which at the end of the day is all that matters.