Between a busy schedule and the desire to lose weight, it can be tempting to skip meals periodically, or even go on fasting binges. But skipping meals can be counterproductive to weight loss, and is certainly unhealthy.
Skipping meals leads to low blood sugar and energy levels, and may causes moodiness and irritability. While skipping meals may lead to a calorie deficit, prolonged lack of nutrition can actually cause your body to go into starvation mode. This slows your metabolism down. Then, when you do eat, the calories aren’t burned efficiently.
If you skip too many meals, your body may turn to your muscles as an energy source. This may result in some weight loss, but it’s not healthy weight loss.
Skipping meals can also encourage poor food decisions. If you wait until you’re incredibly hungry to eat, you might give in to the temptation to eat fast foods or unhealthy snacks. What’s more, the tendency to overeat after you skip a meal often offsets the calories you missed by skipping the meal.
Letting yourself get excessively hungry also influences your shopping habits. This can lead to a kitchen full of unhealthy food and make it difficult to make healthy food choices at home.
The best strategy for healthy weight loss is to plan your meals. Eat smaller, healthy meals throughout the day. Get plenty of lean protein, whole-grain carbohydrates, and healthy fats.
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Sleep is a vital part of anyone’s life and work routine. But, what you may not realize is that sleep is also critical to the success of your health and weight loss.
Researchers at the University of Chicago found that getting a healthy amount of sleep leads to more fat loss over time.
The study shows that people who maintain a calorie deficit lose more body fat when they get just over seven hours of sleep each night.
People who eat the same low calorie diet, but sleep just more than five hours a night, lose about the same amount of weight. However, people getting less that five hours lose more muscle than fat.
This means that even if you’ve got a very good food and exercise regimen, you could be sabotaging your results by missing out on sleep.
Not only that, but lack of sleep results in low energy levels, which might cause you to perform less intense workouts, or skip workouts altogether. This can lead to even less weight loss.
So, as you’re making healthy life changes to lose weight and increase healthy, lean muscle, consider making positive changes that will improve your sleep schedule.
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Luke makes a pretty funny point about eating healthy in this short video.
There are so many ideas for eating healthy out there, but at the end of the day, it all really does come down to moderation and balance.
I’d like to make my own parody video one day talking about all the crazy dieting system. But for now, skip the fad.
It’s time for you to Stop Dieting and Live.
One suggestion I frequently make is to avoid liquid calories. What are liquid calories?
Liquid calories are usually sugary drinks likes sodas, sweetened coffees, fruit juices, alcoholic beverages, or energy drinks. These beverages are a source of extra energy which your body will store as fat. I highly suggest that you avoid any sugary drinks. So what do you replace them with? The answer is simple, try water.
If you are hooked on sugary beverages, the transition could be hard. I have heard people complain about head aches, fatigue, and random hunger pains as they make the transition. But trust me, making the switch will be worth it. Start now, make clean fresh water your new beverage of choice. This is a life style change which once made, will greatly reduce the number of calories you consume in a day.
Best of luck!