Are you unsatisfied with your current shape ? Actually, there could be something more than your eating habits defining the way you look (and feel). Of course, proper diet and exercise will always be imperative for a good looking physique. Someone that’s eating like crap and spending their free time just sitting and watching TV can never look and feel good.
On the other hand, there are people who do workout and eat good for the most part, but they fight a constant battle with the extra pounds. This particular outcome can be a result of a few habits that one has adopted throughout their life.
See if any of these mistakes are holding back your results.
The food you eat is mostly processed food
The extra body fat you carry could be a result of eating too many processed foods. It is a well known fact that these foods contain extra high quantities of sugar and unhealthy fats. Foods like chips, canned foods, cakes and cookies are easy to overeat and contribute to fat gain.
When you decide you’re going to look good, these are the first foods on the list that you need to cut out. You’ll see a difference of up to 10-12 lbs in a couple of months just by ditching the processed foods.
You eat too fast
You probably heard the old saying that you need to chew your food once for each tooth you have in your mouth (up to 32 times). Eating too fast can cause problems for many people for a long time.
“Eating slowly and chewing your food good contributes to a lower risk of obesity, probably because it could aid appetite control. Chewing thoroughly is an effective strategy to reduce eating rate … ,” explained the researchers in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
You don’t sleep enough
Leptin and Ghrelin are two hormones that affect your hunger. Leptin signals your body that you are full and Ghrelin, the “hunger hormone”, also known as lenomorelin, is a peptide hormone produced by ghrelinergic cells in the gastrointestinal tract and it signals your body that you are hungry.
When you don’t sleep enough, you are causing a hormone imbalance and distracting the production of these two hormones, thus creating the feeling of hunger even when you are not really hungry. This is why you need to have about 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep every night.
You consume too much caffeine
Consuming too much coffee or energy drinks could also increase the production of cortisol in the body. As we mentioned, this hormone can make you crave sugary foods and junk foods.
Be careful when consuming caffeine, it does more than getting you energized if you consume too much of it.
You don’t drink enough water
This is actually a common problem among people. They just don’t pay attention to their bodies most basic needs. Instead of water they drink juices, soft drinks, and believe that that’s enough to quench thirst. But instead of quenching the thirst they fill themselves with sugars.
Pure water will not only speed up your metabolism, but also reduce the risk of heart attack, headaches and will flush toxins out of your body. Be sure to drink a gallon to gallon and a half of water a day depending on your physical activity and the temperature.