10 Examples of How You Can Make a Positive Change
Everyone is always looking for THE reason why your diet or workouts aren’t making a dent and you don’t see even the slightest change. It is so very discouraging and when you don’t see change, you tend to go back to the old habits that got you in trouble in the first place.
By thinking about what these 10 things can do to impact you, you just might see the results you’ve been dreaming about...
Many women and men have put themselves through a punishing diet, only to step on the scales and find their weight has not budged – or worse – it’s crept up.
There are a whole of things that could be slipping us up, many of which may come as a complete surprise.
James Staring, personal trainer for Fit To Last, shares with FEMAIL the ten question we should be asking ourselves – and reveals his top tips for achieving the body we are striving for.
1. Are you drinking enough water?
While water may not be a magic potion to help you lose weight, it is an effective tool to help stave off hunger and stop you overeating.
Many people often mistake thirst for hunger and turning to the tap rather than the fridge could fend off that initial craving.
The next time you crave a snack between meals, try having having a glass of water first. If you still feel hungry after 30 minutes, dive into something nutritious.
2. Do you control your portions consistently?
Conscious portion control is crucial to weight loss, as without this process you will have no way of tracing what you are consuming.
3. Do you know how much of each macronutrient (protein, fats and carbohydrates) to consume at each meal?
This can be a bit tricky to determine, as it depends on your body type, activity level and goals. It’s important for weight loss because if you are missing out on important nutrients or not timing your eating correctly, you will not be in the best position for the body transformation you want.
4. Do you diet only, or do you diet and #exercise?
Exercise is so important to weight loss because when you diet only, you potentially sacrifice muscle mass.
This works against you because the more lean muscle mass you have the more effective your body will be at metabolising fat. Exercise is so crucial to losing weight, as when you exercise you retain and build lean muscle mass that assists the process of shifting body fat.
5. Do you take Omega 3 (fish oil, or algae if you are vegetarian)?
While water may not be the magic elixir to weight loss, omega 3 comes pretty close.
6. How much time do you spend eating?
Are you a fast eater? Do you seeing chewing as an unnecessary barrier to inhaling what’s on your plate? It takes your stomach approximately 20 minutes to release the hormone that tells your brain that you are full.
7. Are you consuming a balance of good fats in your diet?
8. Do you count calories, or do you make every calorie count?
9. Do you drink alcohol?
10. How much sleep are you getting?
The amount of sleep you get every night can affect your body’s ability to control your diet. According to Michael Breus, PhD, author of Beauty Sleep[vi], sleep amount and quality effects the abundance of ghrelin and leptin, two hormones that control your appetite control.
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