So, you’ve been eating right and getting more active and you’ve lost some weight. That’s great! But now, the weight loss has stalled and you’re getting frustrated. What’s the deal? Time to take a closer look.
1. You’re not sleeping enough Research clearly shows that people who sleep less than 7.5 hours a night are more likely to be overweight. Why? Inadequate sleep alters the levels of to hormones in your brain – Ghrelin and Leptin. It produces more Ghrelin, telling your body that you’re always hungry, and suppresses Leptin, making it harder to hear the “I’m full” signal. Also, skimping on sleep can promote calcium build-up in the arteries, which can lead to a heart attack.
2. Nibble here, nibble there Do you finish the food from your kids’ plates? Do you grab a piece of candy from your co-workers desk a few times a day? Did you support the Girl Scouts and buy a few boxes of cookies? All of those little nibbles throughout the day can really add up. An extra 100 calories a day can lead to a 10 pounds weight gain each year.
3. You eat like your mate When you and your better half go out to eat, do you match him bite for bite? First of all, we know that restaurant food is just loaded with calories, fat, and salt, so not a great choice. Secondly, you and your guy are not meant to eat the same number of calories. Men are bigger, have more muscle mass, and more testosterone, making them better calorie-burning machines. So, don’t let his food choices sway you.
4. You’re drinking your calories Smoothies, martinis, fru-fru coffe drinks, beer, margaritas, juices. What do they have in common? Lots of calories! Studies show that people who drink their calories do not compensate late by eating fewer calories, so they net more calories in their day = Weight Gain! Liquid is absorbed and digested much quicker than solid food, so it leaves your system faster, making you hungry sooner. Solution: Stick with good old-fashioned H2O.