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4 Habits That are Making You Fat, Sick and Unhappy

Posted: August 12, 2009

1. Defeating Thought Process:Thinking that food can make you feel happy is actually not entirely correct, it is the emotion attached to the food you eat that makes you eat more of it.Mindful tip: stop and think about the food you eat; their maybe an association with a previous happy event you are trying to recreate subconsciously. Be conscious about the link between the food you eat and the emotion you are feeling in the moment. Drinking a glass of water and waiting 15 minutes till the craving stops can do amazing things.2. Skipping BreakfastMost people who skip breakfast thinking it will help them to lose weight are dead wrong.The truth is that skipping breakfast actually lowers your metabolism so that at your next meal you'll be likely to overeat.Furthermore, the food you eat on a lowered metabolism is more likely to be stored as fat.Mindful tip: Never! Never! Never skip your breakfast. You need to BREAK (the) FAST by consuming high quality protein, carbohydrates and fat. Breakfast is the most important of all your meals.3. Staying Up LateUnfortunately for most us who are business owners, working late or simply cannot go to bed early enough, staying up late can set off negative effects on your body composition therefore creating unwanted stress and hindering in your process to reducing weight.Sleep is vital for recovery. If you don't get enough sleep, your body won't build as much lean muscle mass - no matter how much time you spend in the gym. Less lean muscle mass = slower metabolism.Furthermore, when you are sleep-deprived, levels of the stress hormone 'cortisol will increase.' The connection between cortisol, stress and obesity is well documented, but problems don't stop there. Several researches shows that cortisol related fat storage tends to be around the vital organs - the worst possible place to store fat in your body, in fact you don't have to be obese to have huge amounts of fat stored around your organs. Stress does that if left unmanaged.If that's not enough, lack of sleep is also linked with lower Growth Hormone levels, low testosterone levels, glucose intolerance (diabetes), a weakened immune system, low energy, cardiovascular disease, etc…Mindful tip: This is NOT to be taken lightly! Get a full night's sleep (7 to 9 hours), but make sure your place of rest is peaceful and pitch dark. Your natural sleep hormone, melatonin, is suppressed when there is too much light. Bed is made for two things; sex and sleep so stop thinking.4. DehydrationNot drinking enough can make you fat as water is essential for flushing fat cells and toxins from your body. Caffeine and alcoholic beverages should not be substituted for water.Mindful Tip: You can't reduce fat if you're not drinking at least 8 glasses of water a day. Copyright © 2006 -Triple Impact, LLC
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RE: 4 Habits That are Making You Fat, Sick and Unhappy
By: nlaine - August 25, 2009 09:37 PM MST
Avtar, this is really great. Especially find it interesting and helpful to learn about cortisol. Never heard about it until I read your book!
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