Have you ever wondered why we sometimes work so hard to keep fit and healthy but oftentimes fail to see the results? Lots of people spend hours lifting weights at the gym, running at the park, or even cutting down on their favorite food to lose weight, yet rarely do we have much to show for it.
While in our minds we can be exerting a lot of effort that, should in principle be reaping fantastic results, there are some things that we either consciously or unconsciously do that are secretly negating any progress we are making.
We know the basics to getting fit. We need to eat healthy by maintaining a properly balanced diet, all while getting in our physical exercise to achieve our dream bodies.
So why isn’t it working? What we don’t know is that some of our habits could be killing a lot of our momentum. If we stop doing some of the things we are doing, however simple it may seem, we will inevitably see results.
Today, Evolve Daily shares 5 Things That Can Secretly Be Contributing To Your Waistline Now.
1) Drinking your calories
We spend all day watching what we eat, making sure we get our leafy greens and vegetables in while avoiding potential nutrition-sabotaging treats like cakes and pastries, or even chocolate. What we often forget, however, are the drinks that we consume.
A lot of people love guzzling down sugary, calorie-laden drinks that have no nutritional or health value for us whatsoever. We chug down our sodas and juices, not noticing that this could single-handedly be contributing to our growing waistlines. Even sweetened iced-tea is detrimental to our health.
Sodas and other sweetened drinks are loaded with sugar, perhaps even more than we actually realize. Some of them even contain high amounts of corn syrup, which is used in the farming industry to fatten livestock.
Another huge problem with sugary drinks is that the human body doesn’t register that it’s full even after consuming hundreds of calories.
When we’re trying to maintain our health, nothing beats good old fashioned water.
2) Not getting enough sleep
Yes, we’re busy most of the time with our work and personal lives. Sometimes, we wish we simply had more hours in a day to get everything done. But one thing that we often neglect when we are too busy is sleep, and it’s an integral part of our health that we consciously overlook.
Getting enough rest and sleep is essential to health and fitness. In fact, lack of sleep is a known contributor to obesity.
There are many ways that not getting enough sleep contributes to your waistline. For starters, people who lack sleep may be too tired throughout the day to exercise. When we don’t have enough energy to exercise, we decrease the number of calories we burn in a day, and it slows our metabolism.
Secondly, sleep-deprived people tend to eat more calories throughout the day simply because they are awake for longer hours and therefore have more opportunities to eat. Seriously, how many times have we had a snack past midnight? We’ve all done it.
Lastly, sleep-deprivation messes up the balance between key hormones that affect our appetite. People who don’t get enough sleep are hungrier and more likely to go on a binge.
Get enough sleep. When it’s time to go to bed, unplug and focus on getting a quality amount of rest.
3) Being in a state of caloric debt
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Posted by Evolve MMA on Friday, June 30, 2017
This concept is fairly simple. In order to lose weight, your body has to be in a state of caloric deficit, meaning on a daily basis you need to be consuming more calories than you take in. But what happens when we eat too much and work out too little? Our bodies instead enter a state of caloric debt.
The average human being needs about 1,400 to 1,600 calories a day to maintain basic bodily functions. This means that without performing any physical exercise at all, our bodies burn a certain amount of calories per day while we rest. If you’re consuming more calories that what your body is burning, there is absolutely no way that you could lose weight. It’s just not mathematically possible.
In order to lose weight, we have to be in a state of caloric deficit, which means the average person needs to eat less and work out more. Everyone knows this, but for some reason, it’s a hard truth to deal with.
One great way to make sure you are always getting enough calories in and not over-indulging is by being aware of what goes into your body. Calorie-counting is a great way to know how many calories your favorite food actually contains.
Keep a diary of what you eat on a daily basis. Track everything, including how many calories there are in each and every item.
4) No physical exercise
Finally, without physical exercise, being healthy and fit is next to impossible. Exercise is such an important part of physical health.
There really is no better way to keep healthy and fit than to work up a good sweat. Nothing beats physical exercise. During exercise, the heart starts pumping more blood into our muscles, the body releases a healthy amount of endorphins, and we feel stronger, fitter, and healthier each day.
Whether you exercise because you want to shed some unwanted weight, or to reach a desired fitness goal, or maybe just to improve your overall athleticism, exercise benefits you.
One great way to work up a sweat is to enroll at a martial arts gym. Martial arts is a unique training regimen that develops the mind, body, and spirit in unison, unleashing your full potential and improving every aspect of your life. Not only that, but a lot of martial arts practitioners say that training in any discipline is the most fun you will ever have in your life doing exercise.
It’s certainly no secret, and the good thing is you can try it out and see just how much you like it. Give martial arts a chance and discover the wonders of training!