Friday, 27 June 2014

How to Lose Weight While Stressed

When you’re stressed, weight gain is possible. With these feelings, you’re more likely to reach for food and it’s not going to be the good stuff.

But you can change that. You can stop yourself from seeing a big weight gain because you’ve had a bad day at work or you’re struggling with life dramas. In fact, you can even lose weight while stressed.

Here are four tips to get you started.

Do Some Exercise

The best thing that you can do is do some exercise. Not only does this stop you from reaching for food, but you actually burn calories. It can even help you deal with the feelings of being stressed, and help you work through your problems.

Exercise releases chemicals like endorphins and serotonin in your brain. These help with feelings of happiness and are natural painkillers. Just getting them flowing around the brain is good enough, but exercise does even more.

You get out in the fresh air, get the chance to work problems through and give your muscles the workout they’ve needed.

So, put your trainers on or pick up that tennis racket and start getting some exercise.

Take Your Mind of It

It’s time to find something else to do when you know you’re stressed. This is the best way to lose weight while stressed because you’re less likely to think about the food that you want to eat.

Try picking up a new hobby, or look for places to visit to help take your mind off the problem at hand. Now, taking your mind off the problem won’t help solve it, but it will help prevent the comfort eating.

You will eventually need to face the reasons for being stressed. Sometimes it could just be general life, and doing something fun is perfect. However, if it is something like financial stress or your having an issue with work or your partner, you will need to eventually face the issue head-on and do something about it.

If you want somewhere to relax while thinking things through, why not try a long hot soak in the bath. This will stop you from picking, and you could even catch up on that good book you’ve been wanting to get stuck into.

Keep Healthy Options in the House

Sometimes there’s nothing more than you want to do than eat. That’s normal. You may have developed comfort eating as a habit, or may just find that it genuinely helps those feelings.

However, you want to keep the weight gain to a minimum. The best way of doing this is to only have healthy options in the house. You could even find that this leads to losing weight while stressed because you’re only comfort eating on bananas or real fruit, homemade ice lollies.

Look for low calorie options that are either really easy to make at the time or you can make beforehand. You then have them when it comes to those moments where you just want to heat.

Try a Hot Drink

Instead of reaching for food, what about reaching for something to drink? This is not about reaching for alcohol! You may find that a hot drink is just right.

Try green tea. While it has caffeine, there isn’t as much as in black tea or coffee. Caffeine increases the adrenaline and can make your stress seem worse. The lower levels in green tea can help bring out the soothing qualities of the drink. Plus, green tea is good for weight loss and is full of antioxidants to help with your general health.

Some people find a mug of hot chocolate perfect for stress, and it can even help them lose weight. You get the chocolate comfort that you would usually get from a chocolate bar, but with fewer calories. Even if you add marshmallows, you can still have fewer calories than a chocolate bar.

Good luck at dealing with your stressful situations. They happen to all of us, so don’t worry too much. However, that doesn’t mean you have to reach for the comfort food. It’s time to lose weight while stressed, rather than use it as an excuse.

Tuesday, 17 June 2014

Working Off the Vacation Weight Gain

Don't let your holiday ruin the rest of your weight loss journey

When you go on vacation, you’re likely to gain weight. It’s not that it’s inevitable, but you just want to have fun and live life.

You should have fun and live life. Do you really want to look back on your trip and wish you ate out at a certain restaurant or opted to try that worldly dish? Maybe you decided against it because of your diet.

Whether your vacation was just a week or a whole month, you don’t want to keep the vacation weight gain on for the rest of your life. It’s time to kick-start your diet again quickly and effectively.

Here are some tips to get you straight back on track.

#1: Draw a Line in the Sand

Stop worrying about how the weight gain has affected your diet. It’s time to accept that it will have likely caused a weight gain, and draw a line in the sand.

It is not an excuse to blow all the hard work you did before the holiday, or to go completely off the rails now. The sooner you draw that line, the sooner you will get back on track.

#2: Get All the Healthy Food in the House

It’s time to get rid of the junk and bring back the healthy stuff. The first night you get back, having a takeaway is likely the easiest option. That’s understandable as you want to relax after travelling (especially if you were driving).

However, the very next day you need to go through all your cupboards and empty them of the bad stuff. Go food shopping and get all the healthy stuff so you can get straight back onto the diet.

#3: Get Into the Exercise

You will have likely forgotten all about exercise while away. Yes, you were walking around but that’s not the same as hitting the gym or going to those Zumba classes.

It’s time to get back into exercise mode so you can work off your vacation weight gain. Get straight back to your classes or get back into the routine of waking up early for your morning run. The sooner you do it, the easier it will be.

Are you ready to work off your vacation weight gain? There is no time like the present.

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Wednesday, 4 June 2014

Why Does Exercise Cause a Weight Gain?

Exercise is supposed to help you lose weight. The idea is that you burn more calories than you eat, so it should speed up your weight loss.

However, in more cases than not it can cause a weight gain. Especially during the first week.

I understand how disappointing and frustrating this it. I’ve seen it happen at the scales personally. I’ve been annoyed when the scales don’t show the hard work that I’ve put in that week.

The truth is that exercise can cause a weight gain. At least at first. Over time it will even out, but you need to understand why you’re seeing the weight gain. It’s nothing bad, really. Just a few weight loss mistakes you could be making.

You’re Not Eating Enough

One of the biggest issues is that you’re not eating enough. Sure, you don’t want to use up all the extra calories that you’re burning, but your body needs you to eat something extra. It could be a slice of wholemeal toast or a protein shake. Whatever your diet allows.

When you burn more calories, your body can start panicking. It worries that you’re going to starve, and clings onto some of those extra calories by slowing down your metabolic rate. That then leads to you gaining weight because you don’t counter your eating for the slower metabolism. By eating that little bit extra when you exercise, your body doesn’t panic and you continue losing.

That Sweat Is Water Loss

All that sweating you’re doing is just your body losing water. It’s not necessarily calories that you’re burning, so you may have higher than realistic expectations when you stand on the scales.

Make sure you drink enough water, and stop worrying about the scales. Your body needs to replace it somehow, otherwise your body doesn’t work properly. Your organs start to shut down, and your metabolism is affected. Your hormones are also affected, and all this has a direct impact on the amount of weight you see lost at the scales.

What About Your Fitness Level?

Something the scales aren’t tell you is how your fitness level and health are improving. Think about that before you get too disheartened.

Also, the scales are not telling you what the weight is. While you’re exercising, your body fat percentage is decreasing. You’re just building muscle at the same time, so your weight can stay the same and even increase. This doesn’t mean you’re not actually getting fitter and trimmer. Take your body measurements, and you’ll soon see the difference. You could even take your body fat measurements to see how that is changing.

The scales are just one way to tracking how well your diet is working. Your workout regime can cause a slight weight at first, but it will eventually even out. There are a lot of reasons to see a weight gain, especially in the first week.