Eat This, Not That!
If shedding weight were easy, more than 2 billion people wouldn’t be overweight. If shedding weight were an easy task, most than 2 billion people across the globe wouldn’t be overweight today! Changing old habits is not only difficult, but they also cause the onset of many grave health issues, which may or may not be treatable in nature. To some extent, each one of us is guilty of delving into unhealthy foods every now and then, and with a hectic working schedule, there’s not much time to lose those extra kilograms gained. Running between one business meeting and another also add to the list of things that harm our health.
The downside of the situation – most of us do not realize we’ve taken the wrong health path, and it is when we face consequences, i.e. gain excess weight or acquire many lifestyle diseases, we seek ways to change the scenario.
Here, we’ve compiled a list of the most common habits that make a person gain weight.
1. Stress level
Stress is yet another factor that contributes to weight gain, especially around one’s waistline. Stress makes most of us over-eat, which typically calms our senses. Amid fighting stress, we tend to over-eat and become overweight. Higher appetite for junk food further leads to increased belly fat and cause many other lifestyle related problems such as heart diseases, high blood pressure, diabetes, etc.
So, eat less and find alternate ways to beat stress.
2. Drinking sweet soda
Drinking sweet soda not only adds to your fat level but also leads to many chronic diseases such as heart diseases, obesity, and other metabolic abnormalities. Soda contains artificial sweeteners which can be dangerous for the body and it’s also one of the primary contributors to the obesity epidemic spread worldwide. Restrict the intake of sweet soda and have a calorie budget set for the day. Additionally, working out rigorously can help in losing those extra kilos and keep the above-mentioned disease at bay.
3. Eating too quickly
Eating quickly is a bad habit, especially for those who want to lose weight. A number of people eat their food at a fast pace, which apparently, paves the way to overeating and further, to obesity. When a person eats food, he/she eats a lot more than the body needs and demands. The excess food is stored in the form of fat, which causes weight gain. Many physicians and dieticians suggest that the best way to master the art of slow eating is by either putting on some music or a television series. By doing so, your brain gets distracted and it eventually ends up eating slowly. Eating fast is also known to cause many digestive problems as well. These include poor digestion, metabolic syndrome, insulin resistance, and lower satisfaction.
4. Not drinking enough water
Drinking a minimum of 8-12 glasses of water every day is a must. But, most of us fail to follow the rule. Many pieces of research and studies prove that decreased water intake leads to increased fat deposit in the body. On the other hand, following the rule allows the body to flush out toxins, excess fat, promote skin health and improve brain and memory function. For those who are overweight, they must drink ample amount of water to help the kidneys and liver function properly. Some other amazing benefits of drinking water are as follows:
- Combats skin disorder like wrinkles, eczema, and psoriasis
- Boosts immune system
- Treats headaches and migraines
- Helps ease constipation and promote healthy digestion
- Treats kidney stones
- Prevents hangovers
- Enhances Mood
5. No time to exercise
Exercise makes you healthier and happier. If you are not maintaining your diet, go for a workout at least 5 days in a week for a minimum of 45 minutes. This will not only boost your energy level but also help in shedding those extra kilos that have been bothering you. If you cannot or do not want to hit the gym, just dance or play your favorite outdoor sports for 25-45 minutes every day. Exercising also reduces the risk of suffering from cardiovascular diseases and many lifestyle-related issues.
- Aids in stimulating the development of muscles, joints, and bones
- Boosts mood and wellbeing
- Controls weight
- Reduces the risk of high blood pressure and diabetes
- Prevents mental health problems
6. Skipping breakfast
Breakfast is evidently one of the most important meals of the day. Believe it or not, skipping breakfast can aid in gaining weight. This is because, the body wakes up after a long fasting period and demands energy boost, which it must get from breakfast. Skipping it puts the body into an odd situation. It uses the energy stored with it and replaces it with what it receives in the next meal you eat. The energy stored here is more than utilized, contributing to the addition of fats. This is precisely the reason why dieticians and physicians lay emphasis on eating a healthy, heavy breakfast and light dinner. Skipping breakfast can also cause constipation and many serious cardiovascular problems.
7. Lack of Sleep
Sleepless nights don’t just irritate you but could make you fat as well. Many studies have shown that fewer hours of sleep can increase weight, especially around your waistline. Staying awake for longer hours also makes you feel hungry. Getting the right amount of sleep helps in maintaining a healthy diet as well weight. So, give rest to your body and prevent weight gain.
8. Eating different products at the same time
Avoid eating foods that don’t go hand-in-hand. They could just add to the list of things that cause obesity and digestion problem. Having the right mix of foods is highly recommended. For if you eat anything and everything, it can lead to a lot of trouble. Here are the most common foods that can be avoided to get rid of this problem:
- Spicy foods
- Dairy products
- Nuts and seeds
- Fatty foods
- Artificial foods
9. Drinking Alcohol
Alcohol consumption is injurious to health. More than that alcohol consumption adds hundreds of calories and eventually makes you fat. If you drink respectably, you can control weight gain. In fact, there are many alcoholic beverages like red wine, which when savored in right quantities can also help in losing weight. Alcohol consumption also increases your eating capacity, which means that you eat more than your normal diet. This too adds to weight gain!
10. Watching TV while you eat
Watching television while eating can make you fat too. This is because your mind gets distracted from eating and it doesn’t realize when it needs to stop eating. Many pieces of research confirm that individuals eat more than their usual capacity while watching television. If you too have this habit, try and keep a tab on how much you eat which watching television. For eating food and gaining weight is the easiest activity. Losing weight and keeping a tab on your eating habits, on the other hand, make for the hardest activities.