Two Common Weight-loss Mistakes

Why? In just one post, she made two mistakes that impede successful, long-term weight loss. Late Nights The first mistake is staying up late despite the fact that she had to be at work at 8 a.m. the next morning. Studies show that adults who sleep less than five or six hours a night are more susceptible to weight gain and more susceptible to craving carbohydrate-heavy foods like bread, chips, and dessert. In order to get enough sleep, you need to plan how to make it possible. This plan should include ways to minimize your exposure to artificial light because exposing yourself to lots of artificial light well into the night will throw off your bodys innate clock, which tells you its time to wind down and go to sleep. Light inhibits the release of melatonin, a hormone that helps your body settle down in the evening. Any artificial light, be it from the lamp on your nightstand, your laptop, iPad, or television screen, can mess with your melatonin production. Although living in darkness after sundown is not realistic, you can do yourself a big favor by cutting your nighttime screen usage because it is the blue light emitted from electronic units that affect melatonin levels the most. Consider lighting your home with softer, warmer lights as the evening rolls in. If you cant put down your computer at night, there is an app you can install called F.lux, which helps regulate the light emitted from your computer, iPad, or iPhone so that it is more in sync with the natural changes in light throughout the day. Another key in your plan to get enough rest is to be sure to wind down before your second wind kicks in. Cortisol, another hormone that affects sleep, naturally drops as the night rolls in; however, if you stay up past a certain point, your cortisol levels will start to rise again, making you miss the time when you could have been snoozing. Eating Healthy Foods The second red flag in Susans post was her determination to stick to oatmeal and low-fat milk despite hating both foods. In order to lose weight and keep it off, it is essential that we create a program that includes a commitment to lifelong change. We cannot motivate ourselves to make lifelong changes that involve force-feeding ourselves with foods we dislike. If youve been using this approach to weight loss, its time to start rethinking your program. If you dont like oats, what do you like? In order to lose weight, you must approach your diet with the thought of bringing yourself into health. Being healthy means not obsessing about what foods you eat, but listening to what your body needs and allowing your good diet to naturally slim you down. So what foods satisfy your palate and give you sustained energy, easy digestion, and good skin? Maybe it is a high-protein breakfast, such as scrambled eggs, goat cheese, and spinach. this review