Stress

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Have you wondered why you can’t lose weight even though you have tried everything to decrease your calorie intake? This is true since weight issues have multi-factorial causes. You can’t just rely on diet for total weight loss, sometimes there are other factors why you always gain weight. Below are some factors that you think they didn’t matter before, but once you look at them closely, you’ll see that they do matter! Check them out.

Lack of Sleep

Researchers have found out that sleep cycles can balance the hormones responsible for food cravings and overeating, mainly Ghrelin and Leptin. Ghrelin a hormone said to stimulate hunger and digestion is usually released during a prolonged empty stomach, while leptin is a hormone secreted by fat cells which creates feelings of satiety. Leptin increases along with insulin when you eat but decreases at a percentage of 15% when you sleep 5 hours or less. This means that you actually starve more and feel less full when you lack sleep, and this goes all day until you really get some serious rest. Best advice? Sleep well and get proper balance of these hormones.

Stress

Stress can be of any form and the most common stressors come from work. Studies have shown that stress actually increases your weight. With too much stress, a person is more likely to do lesser physical activities and tends to eat more. As a result the normal digestion pattern is altered. The best way to counter stress and avoid weight gain is through physical exercise and activity. Start introducing simple forms of exercise into your daily routine and do as much effort to stand and get a move on to avoid further stress.

Watching too much television or staying too long on computers

Watching too much television or even facing the computer all the time would definitely increase your weight. People usually go home from work or school and lay in the living room and watch TV the whole night. Instead of spending so much time in TV or computers, try to spend more time with your kids or dogs and play games or go with them for walks. Take note of the stagnant lifestyle that you’ve been doing. Try to correct it and spend some more time outdoor, have some fresh air and do more exercises to lose weight.

Caffeine on coffees

Drinking too much coffee (with or without caffeine) may affect your appetite and eating because caffeine increases the levels of cortisol and blood sugar. Also, caffeine may increase anxiety which in turn increases stress level. Now to avoid drinking too much coffee, you can have alternatives like water, natural energy drinks or green tea (or any sort of tea). They are much better than just relying on coffee all day long. Remember that too much of anything is bad. Try to have less caffeine by having healthy alternative beverages or drinks, and protect your health with diets to lose weight.

These factors as small as they may be they can very well ruin your weight loss program. Try to take note of these and make some necessary changes. Nevertheless enjoy the ride to losing weight. Good luck!

Alex writes about healthy weight loss. You can read his latest article on the best fat burning foods.

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