Most of us are aware of how challenging it is to lose weight (let alone keep it off). For years, health researchers have warned us of the low rates of weight loss success suggesting that approximately 2- to 5-percent of weight losers will successfully keep off the pounds. The diet and fitness industries continue to successfully exploit our hopes (and sometimes desperation) for thinness, but what if there was more to weight management than diet and exercise? What if there were other lifestyle habits that we could implement that would help? Would that be something of interest?
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The following list not only includes what we know to be an influence on weight loss, but also highlights the importance of other factors to consider when planning future weight loss. Focusing on just a few tips below may lead to pounds lost, and if we are able to create a lifestyle that includes all twelve, perhaps weight management would become second nature…
Just one night of sleeplessness can motivate us to reach for more coffee and snacks during the day. It can promote us to forgo exercise because we are too tired and stop at the drive through for dinner for the same reasons. Dr. Susan Zafarlotfi, the clinical director of the Institute for Sleep and Wake Disorders at Hackensack University Medical Center, in New Jersey, suggests that sleep deprivation not only promotes the munchies (leading to obesity), it also promotes chronic sleep debt that causes the body to eventually shut down.
Moreover, Dr. Michael Breus, the clinical director of the sleep division for Arrowhead Health in Glendale Arizona, has stated that chronic sleeplessness can have negative effects on the metabolism. From over-snacking and lack of physical activity to a lowered metabolism, one can understand how, overtime, the pounds can accumulate without a healthy dose of the z’s.