I am sure these are not things that are going to sound brand new to you. But if you follow this simple 3 step plan, you are bound to lose weight and gain a bunch of energy. Of course add the exercise into this anytime you can.
- Get enough rest. Lacking in sleep can increase your chance of being overweight. How you ask? Well your brain craves dopamine and serotonin. These two naturally occurring chemicals in our bodies come from sleep. When we do not get the right amount of sleep at night, our bodies and brain still crave it. So we seek other sources to quelch the craving, mainly in searching out sugary foods. Sugary foods equal weight gain. Sugary foods give us an instant high, and a faster low. That low makes us tired shortly after eating the sugar and then we sleep. By sleeping, our bodies do not have the time to metabolize the food we ate, causing the food we ate to turn into fat. So yes, its a catch 22! The answer: Tuck yourself in earlier at night and go to sleep!
- Keep busy. By keeping busy, especially our hands, we do not eat on the junk that so often entices us. Now, that’s not to say that endless hours on your butt at the computer are good for your waistline, but when you keep your hands and brain occupied, you’re not reaching for something to eat. You’re probably not even thinking about food. So the next time you start to open the fridge door, turn on the computer or pick up your knitting instead.
- Less choices. Having too much variety as options for breakfast, lunch, dinner or even snacktime makes gaining weight a heck of a lot easier. Try picking one meal a day and eat the same exact thing everyday for that meal. Make sure the meal is on the healthy side, like a salad with a piece of grilled chicken on it for lunch. Having less choices, helps you think less about food, and makes it easier to control your appetite.