With all the information readily available about health and fitness, isn’t it amazing that there are still so many people who are struggling to get their weight under control?
There is literally an obesity epidemic plaguing many parts of the world.
This is because the health and fitness industry is a multi billion dollar industry.
That means for the most part they only care about one thing. Making as much money as they possibly can.
The good news is you don’t need to spend hundreds of dollars on useless gadgets and pills to lose weight. As a matter of fact, all you need to do is start changing your daily habits.
5 Daily Habits That are Ruining Your Weight Loss Results
You want to know the real secret to losing weight?
Changing your daily habits….
Here are 5 daily habits that you don’t even realize are completely ruining your weight loss results.
If you change these habits you will almost immediately notice a difference in how you feel.
Habit #1 – Going To Bed Too Late
This is a habit we have all been guilty of.
Going to bed late and waking up early is a recipe for weight loss disaster.
One study found that getting around 8 hours of sleep every night will reduce your cravings for junk food by 62 percent.
Even better is the fact that it will decrease your overall appetite.
This means you will eat less food throughout the day.
On the other hand, a Mayo Clinic study found that individuals who sleep less than an average of 8 hours a night are more likely to consume over 500 hundred additional calories per day.
As you very well know, weight loss is a numbers game.
So anything that causes you to consume more calories is not a good thing.
Start jumping in the bed early so you can get plenty of shut eye every night.
One simple way to ensure you get to sleep at a decent time is to turn off all electronics 30-45 minutes before bedtime.
Habit #2 – Watching TV While Eating
When you watch TV, or are otherwise distracted while you are eating, you won’t pay attention to what you are putting in your mouth.
When you aren’t paying attention to what you are eating, you will almost always overeat.
You should either turn off the TV while eating, or you should put it on mute.
The idea is to limit your distractions as much as possible.
Habit #3 – Rewarding Yourself With Sugary Snacks
After going hard at the gym some people believe they have earned the right to have a special treat.
And while having a special treat is okay every now and then, if you do it after every workout you will start to pack on extra pounds.
Instead of using food as a reward, treat yourself to a weekly massage, or a new outfit after reaching a certain goal.
This approach will save you hundreds of calories and help you reach your long term weight loss goals.
Habit #4 – You Don’t Lift Heavy Weights
This habit is more common among women.
Most women spend the bulk of their time doing cardio.
Cardio is great for your heart. But if your goal is to get a lean physique, you need to start lifting weights.
Hitting the weights will accelerate your weight loss results due to its ability to build lean muscle mass.
But here’s the kicker. Lifting light 5 pound weights is not going to help you build lean muscle mass.
For any physical changes to take place you must lift weights heavy enough to challenge your muscles.
If you’re able to do more than 10 reps with ease, that means you need to add more weight.
The key to getting amazing results is to consistently increase the amount of weight you lift.
Habit #5 – Sleeping In
This sort of goes hand in hand with the first habit which is ensuring you get at least 8 hours of sleep a night.
The problem with sleeping in is that it resets your body’s sleep cycle.
Once your sleep cycle is reset it becomes harder for you to fall asleep. And the less sleep you get every night, the harder it will be to lose weight.
Losing just 30 minutes of sleep per night can lead to an increase in ghrelin.
Ghrelin is known as the hunger stimulating hormone and it will cause you to keep eating even when you’re full.
The best way to keep hunger at bay is to maintain a consistent sleep schedule. Try to go to bed around the same time every night.
Even on the weekends.
If bed time is at 9pm, start winding down around 8:15.
This means shutting off all electronic devices so you have no distractions.
If you need to, consider reading a book 30 minutes before bed.
Doing so has been proven to help you fall asleep faster.
The goal is always to do better tomorrow. If you made these mistakes today, don’t worry about it.
Just make a conscience effort to do better in the very near future.