General Health Tuesday November 22, 2011

Five habits that could be stopping you losing weight

Dieting is not easy. It’s one of the unfortunate and sad truths that most of us we will struggle to maintain a diet the way it’s meant to be followed, all the while jogging for miles on end. It can naturally then become frustrating when the diet fails and little weight loss is achieved.

However, many people experience the same problems when approaching a weight loss diet and it does make it easier for you to know these bad dieting habits if you’re planning to start changing your eating regime. They aren’t massive undertakings and don’t require extra energy and input; just a level of self-discipline to achieve the desired goals of weight loss. Here are some dietary habits to avoid:

Skip meals:

An absolute no-no when dieting. The body adjusts to survive, and it has done so for thousands of years. The vast majority of people believe that by skipping meals and therefore avoiding calories, will mean they will lose weight. Invariably, the exact opposite will occur as the body begins to “fret” that it is not receiving any food. Instead of increasing metabolism and burning calories, it will go into starvation mode and hold onto as much as it can manage, often storing it as fat because it’s afraid of when it might need the extra sustenance.

By following proper meal times, not only will your metabolism increase but the structure will also help maintain motivation for following the weight loss diet.

Drinking Calories:

Fizzy drinks, lattes and alcohol can serious dampen the attempts at losing weight. Soft drinks are especially at fault due to the amount of sugar they often contain. Avoid trying to cut out foods and then turning to drinking calories as an alternative. Alcohol is especially at fault – a glass or two of wine is still within recommended levels of consumption, but drinking a few beers (at 350 – 400 calories per beer) will stave off any chance of weight loss.

Drinking alcohol is completely fine but you should monitor the amounts and types. Whiskey, wine and other spirits are usually lower in carbohydrates than beers and ciders. Changing your drinking habits can seriously help your weight loss regime and also reduce depression.

Lack of sleeping or poor sleep:

Everything the body does is to maintain and internal balance, both physically and mentally. When stressed, anxious or tired – the body will react in a number of potentially damaging ways that will inhibit weight loss and health improvement. Metabolism can be affected by this as well. By lack of sleep, the body will not have enough time to rest and regulate itself properly.

By getting enough sleep, generally recommended between 7 to 8 hours, the body will function properly and maintain sugar levels, and therefore energy levels, better. It will also help avoid mood changes as a result of lack of certain foods the weight loss diet is avoiding.

“Fast” Food:

This one is difficult and everyone falls prey to it. Fast food is just that, fast; and often people don’t have enough time or energy to prepare something wholesome and healthy to eat. The trick here is to make sure you are prepared to avoid the temptation. Make sure you pack lunches for work, and that when you get home, you can cook something decent for yourself. If your diet involves a lot of specific food, make sure it’s close at hand so you don’t go off the regime. Also try to make the diet you are on as interesting and as tasty as possible. Fast food is very delicious, but healthy food can be as well.

Prepare meals that are not only good for you and part of your weight loss diet, but also tasty and enjoyable to eat, it will help in avoiding easy to eat food tremendously.

Extreme dieting:

In order to lose excess and maybe even large amounts of weight – sometimes drastic changes need to be made. But that doesn’t mean that drastic dietary changes need to include going from eating regular meals to eating nothing. As per point number one, the body will more than likely hold onto fats etc. as a result.

Make long-lasting changes to lifestyle habits, not just short term. The results will not only be more impressive, even though requiring more time maybe, but they will be better tolerated by your health and last for years rather than just spontaneously. The purpose of weight loss diets should be to lose weight, but do to so healthily and have the effects remain for life!

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