Lifestyle and Weight Management

Lifestyle and Weight Management

Lifestyle and weight management, this is part 10 in our twenty-part series designed to help you better understand Serious Weight Loss For Women.

Part 1: Mind Body Wellness
Part 2: Secrets to Weight Loss Success
Part 3: High Intensity Interval Training 101
Part 4: Blazing Your Way to Fitness with HIIT
Part 5: Beating the Calories with Wise Dieting
Part 6: The Truth About Crash Diets
Part 7: Shave Off Pounds Without Even Trying
Part 8: Enjoy Healthy Eating…Every Day
Part 9: My Weight Loss Journey
Part 10: You are here – Lifestyle and Weight Management

Does lifestyle have a significant affect on your ability to lose weight?

It is possible to go to the gym on a daily basis and have a solid workout every time – yet still be overweight. Working out is no guarantee you’ll lose the weight you want and find the body of your dreams. This only became clear to me over time. After spending years in a number of different gyms, it became apparent that many people who worked out regularly didn’t seem to have any luck in the area of weight loss. Lifestyle and weight management go beyond trips to the gym.

You’d see these folks engaging in lengthy cardio workouts. Some would also add to the mix with challenging resistance exercises using both dumbbells and weight machines. But the complaint heard all too often was that no matter how hard they worked out, any weight loss seemed minimal – and often fleeting.

How could that be? Is it true that losing weight is just more difficult for some people than others?

Some people are born with genetic conditions, like a low metabolism. For others, hormone-imbalance disorders like hypothyroidism can set in – particularly later in life. And that can make losing extra weight a tall task – without effective treatment.

But invariably, the number one reason for a lack of results in the weight loss department is not genetic or condition related. It’s simply the result of poor lifestyle and weight management choices.

If you’re paying attention to what you’re eating and you’re exercising consistently – and you’re still not seeing substantial progress, it’s time to take a closer look at your lifestyle choices. You may be falling victim to your own self-inflicted “weight loss traps”.

What exactly are these “weight loss traps?”

A weight loss trap could be a mindset belief, habit, or lifestyle factor that gets in the way of your best efforts at slimming down and looking your best. Although diet and exercise are at the core of any successful weight loss plan – saying that’s all that’s necessary may be an oversimplification. Other factors that can dramatically affect a person’s weight come into play as well.

Factor # 1: Daily Routines

Who would have thought that one’s daily routine could affect their weight loss results?

The fact is your daily routine can have a serious impact on weight loss. Check out your primary routine at home and at work, and it’s possible that you might immediately notice why the extra weight seems to stubbornly stay put.

When life gets hectic (as it does on most weekdays for a lot of people) it’s easy to let things slide. If you grab a burger and fries and or other fast food for lunch and you tend to skip breakfast as a matter of routine, doing yourself a huge disservice. To lose weight and keep it off permanently requires a constant focus on lifestyle and weight management.

Missing breakfast could be a contributing factor as to why you’re not losing the weight you want. In this case, your metabolism is likely low so your body cannot burn calories at an ideal level for weight loss. You’re not replenishing your body with the healthy nutrients it needs.

Poor eating habits can evolve out of other habits. For example, if you sleep later than you should, you don’t give yourself enough time in the morning to prepare a nutritious breakfast. It’s more convenient to grab a coffee and doughnut on your way to the office. You need a good night’s sleep so you’re well rested. And you need to allow enough time to eat a healthy meal to start your day.

It’s important to change any daily routine that doesn’t seem compatible with your weight loss goal. Develop new lifestyle habits that support you rather than frustrate you as you try to melt off those extra pounds. Do this and you help facilitate the process. On the other hand, keeping up those negative habits will only mean that your body won’t be able to burn fat efficiently.

Factor # 2: Stress Levels

On most days, do you feel stressed out?

If you’re often feeling stressed out about your work or family issues, it could be working against you despite your sincere attempt at losing weight.

Not only does stress affect you mentally, it also creates physiological tension that impacts cardiovascular health, including your breathing efficiency, nerve health and digestion. Excessive stress hurts you in multiple ways. When you’re experiencing significant mental stress, your body and all its vital organs are stressed too.

The only reasonable solution is effective stress management.

Stress management techniques can include, deep breathing, meditation, self-hypnosis and even massage therapy. Explore the many options and discover the methods that seem to work best for you as you learn to counter stress before it gets the best of you.

Deep tissue massages on a weekly basis work well for me. They help me unwind and ease the tension that builds up in the body. I’m convinced that they also boost the quality of my sleep. On the downside, it can get expensive. But if you can experience the kind of relief I get from therapeutic massage – than I urge you to give it a try.

Meditation works great for some – hypnosis for others. You can learn meditation on your own – at no cost – though it takes quite a bit of practice. Hypnosis recordings with ambient background sounds can help relieve your stress quickly and effectively. Hypnosis recordings are a low cost alternative available online from certified hypnotherapists.

Factor # 3: Sleep Quality

Sleep is crucial as it gives the body time renew, repair and refresh itself. When actively seeking to lose extra weight, your body needs even more sleep. This is vital for the body to self-restore – so don’t shortchange yourself. Get as much comfortable sleep as you can – without overdoing it, of course.

What happens when you lack quality sleep at night?

Not getting enough sleep can affect your ability to exercise. Your metabolism, digestion and absorption of nutrients all slow down significantly and you’ll feel sluggish.

Most adults need 7.5 to 8 hours of quality sleep every night. Having less than 6 hours of sleep can cause added physical stress, which in turn further reduces the efficiency of your metabolism. If you want to burn fat, drop pound and shave extra inches, you have to turn your body into a “fat burning machine” and proper rest can go a long way to making it so.

Looking for a simple idea to help you get better sleep at night?

  1. Eliminate Electronics – For at least one hour before bed, it’s a god idea to shut off your tablet, laptop computer and smart phone. Get away from the gadgets – and relax. Watching TV isn’t particularly helpful, since it can make your mind more active and alert, rendering sleep more difficult for some people.
  2. Have a Glass of Milk – Studies indicate drinking a glass of milk just before bedtime may increase the quality of your sleep. It may be attributed to a natural component found in milk that enhances rest and sleep.
  3. Lights Out – The darker your room – the better. Research shows that even a small amount of light at bedtime can impair your ability to get a good night’s sleep. It may be that as humans, we instinctually link light in any form with sunlight – which can keep you awake. It’s another detail that can affect your lifestyle and weight management success.

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