1. You don’t get enough sleep
The body needs minimum 7 hours of sleep every night. And you are right when you say it’s hard with so much going on: work, social life, kids, family, and the list can go on. According to scientists, cortisol and ghrelin levels rise because of little sleep, and this only makes you hungry and lazy. Lack of sleep can also increase the risk of many heart problems, such as high blood pressure, strokes and diabetes. In other words, constant lack of sleep is pretty risky for your health. Now get a chamomile tea and jump into bed!
Solution: Make sure you get minimum 7 hours of sleep every night.
2. You eat while watching TV
According to Daily Mail, we tend to consume 25% more food LATER in the day without realising and, people who get distracted while eating, also consume 10% more calories than the ones who sits at the table to have their meals. According to Baylor College of Medicine overweight children eat nearly 50% of their meals while watching TV compared to just 35% of normal weight kids. Thus a major reason why you are not losing the weight you want. How to avoid this?
Solution: Eat at the dinner table, if possible with your family, and chew your food slowly because it takes 20 minutes for the brain to register the message that your stomach is full.
3. You drink too much coffee
Coffee is good for health! Say what?? Yes, but in a moderate amount. Coffee has high levels of antioxidants that help reduce skin cancer, heart diseases and many other health problems, but on the other hand excess can be harmful, like in most things. Caffeine can elevate blood sugars and, if you are not an active person, all this will end up in body fat. That’s a scary perspective, right?
Solution: Drink coffee and rrrrunnnnnn! Just kidding. Drink max 3 cups a day and stay active. Remember to take short walks around the office, during your lunch breaks, and try to avoid taking lifts.
4. You eat on the run
Two wrong things happen when you eat on the run. One – your body doesn’t digest well because your mind is busy with too many things, and two – you are tempted to buy unhealthy junk food like a burger from drive-thru to keep you going.
Solution: Make it a habit to pack your lunch from home and, even if you are on the run, stop somewhere for 10-15 minutes to have your meal. Have at least one fruit every day and try to pack healthy foods that you enjoy. Last but not least, drink at least two litres of water every day.
5. You read too many glossy magazines (especially the ones with titles like “How She Lost Weight in Just Three Weeks” on the cover)
Are you a culprit of this? These magazines are full of celebrities trying to promote diets they have tried. Surprisingly (or not) they all work for them but, for some “unknown” reason, many don’t work for the everyday woman. Why? Well, if you think most celebs get paid to talk about these products, you will understand how this business works.
Solution: Do yourself a favor if you seriously want to lose weight and see a Dietitian. We all have different genes, shapes, sizes, and each of us has different personal goals. There is no such thing as a miracle product that melts away your unwanted pounds. Instead, a dietician will design the right program for you, guiding you along the way to help you achieve your goals. Dietitians are trained to interpret scientific nutrition information into practical advice.