If there’s one thing that’s high on many people’s list of priorities, it’s to lose weight. It must be the world’s number one New Year’s resolution!
Seems like nobody is completely happy with how they look these days, even the skinniest of minnies.
It’s not all bad though; because people are watching what they eat and exercising, we’re all tending to live longer, happier lives!
And whatever your weight, that’s the key really isn’t it? Living a healthy lifestyle and feeling good about yourself.
See, the thing is that burning calories and maintaining your weight isn’t easy, and we all know it. We’ve been told for years that’s how you do it too; burn off more calories than you eat, and you lose weight. Easy, right?
Well of course it doesn’t work out that way, and nutritionists are beginning to inform people that simply burning calories won’t do, and it’s our habits that have to change instead. Which of course is a much, much harder deal.
So let’s take a look at some of the unhealthy habits that are beginning to be advised against.
As we’ve already seen, people are coming around to the idea that calorie counting diets do not work. People who follow them all too often are unsuccessful, which causes them stress, frustration and loss of motivation. They fall off the wagon, and they’re back to where they started.
Many people have begun to find that one of the best solutions is to eat the foods they enjoy in moderation, whilst changing some of their other habits. This results in better and more sustainable weight loss that can be kept up, and a healthier lifestyle overall.
Most people who overeat do it with unhealthy food, which is obviously bad for the body and no good for weight loss at all. See, when you eat more calories than your body needs, fat-storing enzymes are activated. This has the effect of making your fat cells happy, by letting them store up these empty, unhealthy calories.
When you consume food which is more nutritious and better for you, you’re less likely to overeat. It’s just because your body feels nourished, which junk food like chips and cookies will never do. Your body will just keep asking for more of this stuff, and overeating is giving it that.
3. Skipping Meals
Many people think that skipping meals will help you to lose weight, but in reality it’s actually the exact opposite. By skipping meals you actually lower your metabolic rate, and your body will end up gaining more fat.
But if you eat nutritious food that’s high in quality, it will keep your blood sugar up and your hormones happy. Then your metabolism will end up as becoming strong and stable. This can lead to you burning fat and even putting on lean muscle!
4. High PUFA Intake
Never heard of PUFA? That stands for Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids, which are unsaturated vegetable oils. These kinds of oil will damage your metabolism more than you could realize. Oils like peanut, safflower, soybean, sunflower, and canola slow down your thyroid function by blocking mitochondrial respiration.
The reason your thyroid is slow is because these oils cause fat cells to become inflamed. So when a fat cell is inflamed, it is a happy cell, and a happy fat cell is not going to go away any time soon.
5. Low Carb Intake
There’s a lot of diets around these days encouraging you to cut the amount of carbs you eat. By trying to cut carbs, you’re actually not doing your metabolism any favors. A low amount of carbs causes your metabolism to become slow and sluggish, which will almost certainly cause you to gain weight which will be almost impossible to lose without carbs.
Carbs are the main fuel source for both your brain and body cells, so cutting them out will not only slow your metabolism, and then also hinder the overall performance of your body. It’s not the carbs that are the problem, but the type of carbs that are consumed – carbs that do not spike insulin, like fruits and vegetables are the carbs that you should be looking out for.
Maybe it sounds obvious, but fat cells will only flourish in your body if you’re not constantly mobile. Without any form of exercise, the type of enzymes in your body that compete with the fat cells and get rid of them aren’t able to flourish.
One of the factors that influence these lipolytic enzymes to release fat is physical activity; our bodies are meant to always be moving so that we can become flexible and strong. This will also help you in the long run through the ageing process.
7. Over Exercising
Believe it or not, there is such a thing as too much exercise. Certain forms of exercise can trigger excess amounts of cortisol, which breaks down lean muscle tissue in your body. Cortisol also blocks the growth hormone in your body, which is one of your fat-burning hormones.
Growth hormones keep your cells happy by killing free radicals. Your fat cells love these free radicals, because your fat cells live off inflammation. So remember you don’t have to always overdo it, and it’s best to try and exercise with certain time limits. This helps your body get the rest it needs, and it will also prevent you from getting an injury.
Next time you mess up on your diet, don’t tell yourself that you might as well just pack it all in. So you’ve eaten a chocolate bar that you shouldn’t have done, big deal! There’s no need to throw in the towel and give up on your whole diet.
Perfectionism is just an excuse, so try to reward yourself for doing something good rather than punish yourself for doing something bad.
So all you have to do is not eat too much, but not eat too little. Not do too much exercise, but not sit around all day either. Eat the right things, but make sure those are the things you like. Sheesh, no wonder losing weight is so hard. Just do whatever’s best for you, okay? Let us know your thoughts with a COMMENT and don’t forget to SHARE this article if you liked it.