Clinic Dietitian Kathleen Zelman, says that when we recognize our bad eating habits, we feel empowered and it’s easier to break them. Breaking bad habits in addition to adopting good ones will effectively cause weight loss. But the gain will be much bigger since you will have adapted to a healthy routine and you will be aware of all these unhealthy habits that attract weight like a magnet.
Bright Side has gathered a few healthy habits that will be effective when trying to lose unwanted weight. Be sure to read to the end of the article to catch the important bonus weight loss tip!
1. Avoid low-fat products.
A study that was published in the Journal of the Association for Consumer Research showed that people who consumed products that were labeled as “healthy” found them less filling and ate more in order to satisfy their appetite. Additionally, in order to replace fats, these products are filled with low-performing carbohydrates that digest quickly and bring back the feeling of hunger quickly. This means that you’ll eat more in order to fill your stomach, resulting in weight gain.
2. Try getting 6-8 hours of sleep daily.
Researchers at Wake Forest Medical Center have found that people who sleep 5 or fewer hours a night put on over 2 times more belly fat than those who sleep an average of 6-8 hours per night. Not sleeping as much as you should makes you feel hungry even if you’re not. This happens because sleep loss affects the secretion of cortisol, a hormone that regulates the appetite.