Posted on Wednesday 2nd of May 2018 at 05:27 PM
Sometimes exercise alone doesn't cut it.
What you've heard is true: The magic combo for losing weight really is changing what you eat and getting more exercise. But if you're coming to a plateau in the second department, consider changing these five things to drop the pounds.
Stop drinking your calories.
Brace yourself for this depressing fact: One glass of wine — meaning a standard 5-ounce pour, not an I had a bad day at work pour — has 123 calories. Cocktails tend to be even worse because of all the sugar they pack. And it's not just booze that's doing harm to your daily calorie intake. Sodas are obvious offenders, but sports drinks and coffee can be silent killers, too. Trim the fat in this area, and you'll see it go down on your body, too.
No, your mom didn't pay us to write this. It's something you probably heard over and over at the dinner table, but the command holds some weight. One study proved that subjects who reported they were fast eaters had higher BMIs, causing scientists to conclude that eating fast can lead to obesity. It makes sense: The slower you eat, the more chance your body has to realize it's full. Try making dinner plans with friends instead of your TV screen, and you'll find you don't chow down so quickly.
Get some sleep.
Scientists go HAM for a sleep study, so there's plenty of research to back this fact up. Take this bit into consideration: An analysis of 11 different studies on the same subject deduced that sleep-deprived people consume, on average, an extra 385 calories the next day. What's worse? Those calories aren't the good kind, like protein or produce. When you're tired, pleasure-seeking parts of your brain are stimulated, making you crave calories and fat in the form of cheeseburgers or cake.
Keep a food journal.
Mindless eating is many a diet's downfall, and the easiest way to fix that is by holding yourself accountable. Seeing a daily entry of two donuts, a bowl of mac and cheese, and five slices of pepperoni pizza can do wonders in inspiring you two opt for scrambled eggs, salad, and chicken and vegetables the next day.
Forget exercise in the traditional sense, because sitting in an office chair for eight hours might as well cancel out a lot of your efforts. Ensure that you're getting your heart rate up in little ways throughout the day. It's easy in all the ways you've heard a million times yet still don't do: Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Walk the dog for 10 minutes longer every morning. And, for the love of all things healthy, just go pick up your food instead of getting it delivered.
This acticle first appeared on Delish. Click here to read the original article.