BrigetSandorfordarticle#1This week I am happy to introduce Bridget Sandorford as my guest blogger. She is a freelance writer and researcher for CulinarySchools.org. and has written a great article on 5 things that may help you lose weight without even realizing it.
5 Things You May Not Think Would Help You Lose Weight
While what you eat has a big impact on how much you weigh, there is so much more to losing weight than calories in and calories out. Without making the right changes in your life, you could cut your calories down to 1,200 a day and still not lose a pound. The reason is that your metabolism is a complex system of hormonal interactions, and those interactions are influenced by much more than just the foods you eat.
Here are just 5 things that you may not think of that could actually help you to lose weight:
You need at least 8 hours of sleep a night — more for some people. If you don’t get it, you won’t just feel groggy and fatigued. A chronic lack of sufficient sleep can disrupt your hormonal balance so that you feel more stressed, you experience insulin resistance, and it becomes harder for you to lose weight. Not getting enough sleep can also cause you to eat more — and to eat more foods that are high in fat and sugar.
If you want to lose weight, making sleep a priority is critical. Make sure you get at least eight hours of sleep each night to maintain healthy hormonal balance and healthy blood-sugar levels and to keep cravings in check.
Drink More Water
Like sleep, you know you need to drink more water. However, few of us drink as much as we need to drink. You need to get at least eight, 8-ounce glasses a day, but if you are active (which you should be), you should drink much, much more. Drinking enough water will keep your metabolism humming and help you to keep your blood sugar levels balanced. Drinking plenty of water will also help you to feel more full so you don’t overeat and don’t indulge in cravings.
When your weight-loss efforts seem stalled, consider drinking more water. You may find that this one simple step is enough to get your weight loss back on track.
Stress wreaks havoc on your health — in every single way. Stress causes your body to release high levels of unhealthy hormones, such as cortisol and adrenaline. These hormones can cause your blood-sugar levels to fluctuate wildly and can cause you to crave foods that are high in calories and sugar. Both of these effects can cause your body to become insulin resistant, making it difficult for you to lose weight.
Spend time each day winding down and doing something that helps you to relieve stress. You can do exercise to blow off steam, spend time with family and friends, or just relax in front of the television or with a good book.
Cut Out Diet Soda
But diet soda can help you lose weight, right? After all, it has no calories or sugar! Well, if you have a nasty soda habit that you’ve replaced with diet soda, then you’ll probably lose weight. But if you’re like most of us and you just drink a lot of diet soda, it can make it hard for you to lose weight. The reason is that the artificial sweeteners in diet soda trick your brain into thinking that you are eating sugar, but when your body doesn’t get the calories that your brain expects, you are prompted to eat more to make up for those calories. Diet soda also contains hormone-disrupting chemicals that can lead to insulin resistance, making it hard for you to lose weight.
There is nothing good about diet soda. You may love the taste of it, but it’s time to cut it out — whether you are trying to lose weight or not.
Eat More Fat
For years, we thought that fat made you fat. Now we understand that it’s a lot more complicated than that. In fact, eating fat may actually help you to burn more fat. The key is to choose healthy options, like the Omega-3s found in walnuts and salmon or the monounsaturated fats found in avocados and olive oil. When you eat a good supply of healthy fats, you fuel your metabolism and encourage hormonal balance. Eating good fat also helps you to feel more full so you eat less of the things that you shouldn’t.
Don’t fear the fat. If you want to lose fat, eat more healthy fat.
When you are trying to lose weight it’s important to focus on a total wellness approach. By caring for your whole health, you may be surprised to see that you start to lose the weight effortlessly.
What other things did you do that you were surprised to learn helped you lose weight? Share your experiences in the comments!
About the Author:
Bridget Sandorford is a freelance food and culinary writer, where recently she’s been researching cooking school in California. In her spare time, she enjoys biking, painting and working on her first cookbook.