If you are overweight, then chances are – unless you are really unlucky – it’s because you consume too many calories and don’t do enough exercise. It’s as simple as that, right? Well, maybe not. There are a number of other lifestyle factors that can have a negative impact on your waistline which could explain why you still can’t shed those final stubborn pounds.
So to give those unwanted pounds a final heave ho, read on……..
Too much anxiety in your life? A lot of people can put on weight when their stress levels increase. Aside from the fact that many of us tend to eat to make us feel better, high levels of stress makes the body release cortisol the so called fight or flight hormone which helps the body release sugar into the bloodstream which not only can put you on edge but also give you a raging appetite. Try meditation or a yoga class.
How many of us actually have physical jobs these days? Us humans aren’t designed to be stationary all day, but unfortunately this is what modern life means for many of us. Whereas our ancestors slumped it in the field all day, most of us sit behind desks for eight hours and then fight for a seat on the train/tube on the commute home! Try walking part or cycling your entire journey to work, or go for a run at lunchtime – that’s if your office has shower facilities or you won’t have many friends left!
Love may be great but could spell bad news for your waistline. All those candlelit dinners, nights on the sofa with a bottle (or three) of wine… and pretty soon all that hard work you put into your figure trying to find a boyfriend/girlfriend in the first place goes out the window. Fitlass’ advice? – start jogging together instead, or have a lot of sex 🙂
Training in the winter is harder but this is not the time of year to ditch our exercise regimes when the social calendar is bursting with events and glorious food is on offer. If you really can’t handle the cold, switch to working out indoors instead and you’ll still be burning off all the extra calories.
Nope I’m not asking you to ditch your lunch but if you want to ward off the weight, I recommend you take your own lunch. Honestly, you only have to look at a sandwich label to find that it’s laden with calories. Making your own sandwiches means you know exactly what’s in it.
A coffee on the run may keep you warm in the cold weather but they can also pile on the pounds. Not all coffee drinks are calorific – coffee + water is a low calorie beverage but it’s the milk and sugar that does it. Pick up a nutrition guide at various coffee places’ and you’ll find a large latte can contain as many as 300 calories, and if you make it a mocha, it could be as many as 600.
It’s tempting to ignore alcohol consumption when dieting or counting calories, but it could in fact be the primary reason why you struggle with your weight. alcohol is packed with calories and lacking pretty much zero nutrition. Limit that pint/wine glass as much as you can or stay off it completely.
Ok I actually meant all TV and not just reality TV! As if sitting in front of a computer screen all day isn’t bad enough, most of us go home and plonk ourselves on the sofa to watch another screen for an average of three hours a night. I don’t care how healthy your diet is, if you don’t move nor will your weight. Switch off!
Do you really account for everything you eat all day? What about that biscuit at 11am? Or the handful of cereal from the box as you vegged in front of the sofa after dinner? It might seem petty of me to pull you up on that but without knowing you could have added a few hundred hidden calories onto your daily intake.
With the rise of juice bars it may have become a lot easier to get your five-a-day but they still contribute to your daily nutritional intake. The natural sugars and, in some cases, hidden ingredients, mean that these drinks can still be full of calories. Become drink savvy and find out what’s in your drink.
Lack of zzzz
I’ve talked about this one before but research suggests that those of us who have sleeping problems and don’t get enough shut-eye are more prone to gain weight. Sleep loss alters a person’s ability to produce the hormones leptin and ghrelin, which regulate appetite and could lead to overeating. Now don’t let this fact keep you awake at night.
As well as being an excellent appetite suppressant (which is why it’s such a good idea to keep a large bottle of water on your desk at work to drink from throughout the day), water is also thought to help speed up your metabolism so you can burn off calories better. Topping up on water supplies also limits water retention and boosts your energy levels.