Five Things Thwarting your Weight Loss Efforts
If your efforts to lose weight seem to be all for naught, one of five common factors may be to blame, say weight loss specialists with Metabolic Research Center:
- Slacking on sleep: Research links shorter sleep duration with higher body mass index, increased hunger and cravings for high-sugar foods that can temporarily boost energy. Get seven to nine hours each night.
- Mistaking thirst for hunger: Thirst often is mistaken for hunger, researchers say. Downing a glass of water or tea when you feel hungry may do the trick. Also, drinking a glass before meals can help assure you'll eat less, but feel full.
- Mistaking healthy foods for low-calorie foods: Healthy foods aren't necessarily low-calorie ones. In fact, nuts, whole grains, and avocados are among the healthiest foods out there. But they're also high in calories. Know the calorie counts of healthy foods and incorporate them into your diet in reasonable amounts.
- Your friends and family: A night out on the town with your best buds is no excuse for a high-calorie binge. Nor is your grandma's guilt trip for not taking that second helping of her apple pie. Moderation is key.
- Medications: If you're taking certain medications including antidepressants or beta blockers for heart problems, know that weight gain can be an unintended side effect. Ask your doctor about effects of your prescribed medications on weight and whether there are alternatives.
The good news is that these and other common weight loss failure factors can be overcome. Call 800-501-8090 to schedule a consultation with a weight loss specialist at your nearest Metabolic Research Center.
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