If you’re spending more time in the gym than you do at home, but the scales aren’t moving an inch, it might be time to rethink the way you’re trying to lose weight. There are numerous things that can make, and keep you fat that you don’t even think twice about, and they are typically things that you can’t out-exercise.
Are any of these things making you fat? If they are, changing/eliminating them from your life will probably help you more than all those extra exercise sessions…
Not Reading/Understanding the Labels
Many people think they are making healthy food choices, but if they actually took the time to read the food labels and process the information they contain, they would realize that those healthy choices actually contain a huge amount of sugar/salt/fat etc.. According to the Journal of Consumer Research, food labels are consistently fooling dieters, and if you’re one of them, you need to get to grips with those labels right now.
Drinking Diet Soda
You might think that diet soda is the healthy choice, but it really isn’t. Research has shown that people who drink at least two diet sodas a year have a waist that is as many as six times more than individuals who don’t drink the diet stuff. So, try switching to a healthier alternative that still quenches your thirst, such as cucumber flavored water, sparkling fruit infused water or green tea with a twist of lemon. Remember, calorie-free doesn’t necessarily mean healthy, and diet soda is a case in point.
Staying Up All Night
If you’re one of the millions of people who don’t get enough sleep in this country, it could be the cause of your ever-expanding waistline. According to research, individuals who don’t get 7-9 hours of sleep a night, don’t just feel fatigued, they also feel hungrier, consuming on average 300 calories more than their peers every day. That could mean more than 2 pounds of weight gain each month!
The Company You Keep
If you hang out with a lot of other overweight people; people who like to eat lots of junk food and move around little, it could affect your decisions and see you do the same without you even realizing it. Although you can’t technically catch obesity, research shows that people who have close connections with obese people 171 percent more likely to become obese themselves. So, be mindful of your surroundings and try not to fall into the bad habits of your friends.
If you’re feeling extremely stressed out, you’d do well to start attending meditation classes. Book a massage or head off for a relaxing vacation. Why? Because when you’re stressed, your body produces more cortisol and greater levels of insulin. With more of these in the body, you will start to feel hungrier, and you’ll crave sweet and fatty foods, which will be bad for your waistline, but help to make your brain feel better. Don’t let it happen!
Deal with these issues, and you should see the scales start to move again.