Losing weight can be difficult. If you’re reading a lot about it online, it can also be confusing. There are tons of sites and blogs full of health and weight loss tips, and a lot of them seem legit. Talking to a doctor or nutritionist is always important, but sometimes a quick double check can put things in a whole new light.
Today on Bright Side, we decided to examine some common “healthy habits.” And some of the results were pretty amazing. Check it out.
- Sleep a little in order to exercise in the morning
Exercising in the morning is considered an excellent option. It matches the body’s natural hormone fluctuations, helps you focus throughout the day, improves mood, and regulates your appetite. However, if you miss the ideal time to sleep, it can backfire. Sleep restriction is associated with hunger and food intake and increased risk of weight gain and obesity.
- Exercise every day
To really make a difference in your life, a regular exercise plan should be as normal to you as eating and sleeping. But you should rest one day every 7-10 days. This is because the body needs to repair microscopic tears in muscle tissue and balance lactic acid and glycogen levels. This gives you time to strengthen your muscles and reduce the risk of injury.
Excessive exercise can cause adrenal fatigue and lead to weight gain, especially around the abdomen. It has to do with cortisol, the natural stress hormone responsible for regulating your metabolism. Here’s a tip: cortisol is directly related to stress, so make sure you get enough rest, both physically and mentally!
- Sleeping too much
We may be more used to hearing the opposite, but it’s also true. Just as not enough sleep is bad for you, too much sleep can increase your risk of chronic diseases like coronary heart disease, diabetes, anxiety, and obesity. If you feel that 7-8 hours of sleep a night is “not enough”, or if you feel tired after a good night’s sleep, see your doctor.
- Not consuming enough fat
This is of course related to healthy fats. Fats have gotten a bad rap, but they are part of a balanced healthy diet and our bodies need them. They absorb vitamins, support cell growth, brain and eye health, healing, and hormone production. And they are the best source of energy for our body.
If you feel tired, hungry all the time, have joint pain, or have more colds than usual, you can eat more healthy fats. It can be found in cheese, eggs, olive oil or canola oil, nuts, avocados, chia or flax seeds. Try to avoid trans fats, hydrogenated oils commonly found in processed foods.
- Have a sugar intolerance policy
From reducing the risk of diabetes and aging slower to sleeping better and losing weight, the benefits of cutting down on sugar are huge. However, sugar intolerance leads to the addition of foods containing artificial sweeteners, and these products can be just as bad as sugar, leading to diabetes and obesity.
Sugar can be part of a balanced diet, so choose whole fruit instead of juice or crackers. This way, you will be consuming natural fiber that helps your body make the most of it.
- Discard the egg yolk
Eggs are one of the most nutritious foods on earth. They contain a lot of vitamins and almost all the nutrients our body needs. But if you throw away the yolk, you throw away more than half of the nutrients. In addition, yolks contain choline, a rare nutrient that is used to build cell membranes and plays a role in the brain.
The whole fat content of eggs is beneficial and has been linked to reduced risk of heart disease and increased levels of “good” cholesterol.
- Thinking about salad before protein
Salads are great, but if you’re filling your stomach with lettuce, you may not be leaving enough room to get the right amount of protein. Protein plays an important role in building and maintaining every cell in the body. Without it, we may lose muscle mass, have weakened immune systems, and lose hair and nails.
Also, after eating a low-protein meal, you’ll feel unsatisfied and hungry all the time. A high-protein diet is associated with improved metabolism and reduced calorie intake and cravings.
- Store delicious yogurt in the refrigerator
Eating yogurt is considered a healthy habit because of its health benefits. It contains calcium, probiotics, vitamins and proteins that are good for our micro-organisms and immune system. However, most of the flavored yogurts we buy have lots of added sugar and flavorings. So, if you have fruit you