8 Things To Know About Weight Loss
From the strange right through to the weird & unexpected, keep these weight loss facts in mind to avoid the pitfalls.
1: THINK SPINACH
Studies have shown that ecdysteroids found in spinach can increase the levels of protein adiponectin which works by making your fat cells more sensitive to insulin.
2: DITCH DIET DRINKS
Research has shown that diet drinks could actually make your waistline 3 cm bigger over the next 9 years. It is thought that artificial sweeteners cause you to feel hunger even when you’re not, resulting in you eating more. We recommend sticking to water.
3: KEEP A FOOD DIARY
Keeping a log of everything you eat and drink along with how you felt before & afterwards can play a significant part in your weight loss. It will allow you to spot trends in your diet as well as highlight the times when you ate due to emotions rather than hunger. A paper diary is fine but an app may be better, consistency is the key here.
4: BROWSE FOOD
Research from brigham Young University in the US found that scrolling through numerous images of food actually suppresses your appetite. They found that when you reach around 60 images your senses begin to become bored.
5: QUIT SMOKING
A study in the US found that smoking, even passively causes your body to alter the way it regulates insulin which can lead you to gain weight.
6: DO IT ONLINE
If you love takeaways then make sure you order it online rather than in person. A study into appetite has shown that people who order online consume an average of 115 fewer calories and over 5g less fat than those who ordered in person. This is due to stimulation of the senses such as smells that can cause you to make bad food decisions and order more.
7: CONSISTENT BREAKFASTS
When it comes to breakfast, it turns out that keeping the calories of your meal consistent can help keep you slim. It showed that people with the largest day to day variations in meal sizes were 90% more likely to have a larger waist. It’s likely that sticking to a routine at breakfast helps to stabilise blood sugar levels preventing you from overeating throughout the day.
8: DON’T LABEL YOUR WORKOUT
A German study found that people who labelled their workout as “fat burning” consumed more calories after the workout. On the other hand research has shown that talking to yourself positively during a race can significantly boost your endurance. Oh and grunting like Sharapova has been shown to increase speed by around 5%.