4 Lifestyle Tips To Make Any Diet a Success

May 7, 2011 · 2 comments

This is a guest post by Jonathan Dunsky.

Losing weight is often made out to be all about food and exercise. This is a rather simplistic way of looking at it since weight loss should be part of an overall healthy lifestyle. This is the only way to make a lasting change in your life.

In this article I want to talk about 4 lifestyle tips which may help you to turn any diet process into a success story. I hope that you’ll apply these in your life in the near future.

  1. Sleep more – Some say that people today sleep an average of two hours less than they used to in the past. This may be part of the reason why obesity is so common. Sleep, or the lack of it, has been connected to weight gain in various studies. Particularly interesting is the connection between insufficient sleep and appetite. It seems that lack of sleep increases the production of the hormone ghrelin which increases appetite the following day. If you want to control your calories, you need to sleep more.
  2. Eat protein for breakfast – If there’s one thing I found it is that eating a high protein breakfast is an excellent way to fill up for hours. Protein is a high satiety nutrient: it helps you feel fuller. I mostly eat eggs for breakfast but you can also eat bacon or yogurt with nuts.
  3. Do cardio before breakfast – This is a tactic used by many bodybuilders to reduce body fat. Research has shown that doing cardio in a fasted state (after hours in which you’ve not eaten) produces a higher rate of fat burning than at other times. It seems that your body has to go to its fat stores for energy to fuel the workout because it has no ready supply of glycogen in its system due to the hours that passed since your last meal.
  4. Practice meditation once a day – You don’t need to sit for hours on end. 5 minutes of sitting calmly with your eyes closed will do. What meditation can help you do is reduce stress and tension. This can help you lose weight for two reasons: stress often leads to overeating and it has been linked to the production of the hormone cortisol which may increase fat storage around the abdomen.

Naturally, these 4 tips are not enough to get you to lose weight by themselves. You need to watch what you eat and to workout regularly to do so. However, I believe that applying these tips can make weight loss easier and faster.

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The Casual Dieter May 7, 2011 at 9:13 am

Great post! I totally agree with John here. Sleep is essential to physical and mental well-being. I hadn’t thought about meditation as a weight loss tip, but it makes complete sense. Being happier in general, or reducing the amount of stress in your life, has been found to increase longevity and health. The study was done by Stanford researcher Robert Sapolsky. It’s amazing how the mind can really influence your body! Thanks for the post!

Jonathan May 8, 2011 at 7:47 am

Thanks for your comment. The body and mind are connected. In many different ways, your mental side influences your physical side as well.

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