Is exercise that important to weight loss, or are there other weight loss factors that we are forgetting, that play an essential role too? Let’s find out!
So it’s pretty easy to open any magazine, blog or web page right now and see a lot of information on how to lose weight. It will primarily be all about how you have to exercise to burn off those extra calories.
Well, we’re not going to talk about workout here. Let’s focus on the other weight loss factors that have about the same impact on your process as exercise has.
The Forgotten Weight Loss Factors
When you’re trying to lose weight there are hundreds of factors that can affect your process. And, of course, it’s not possible to manage all of them.
That’s why you need to focus on the key weight loss factors that are more easily to control. They are:
So before you strap on your trainer and high tail it off to the gym, is an excruciating workout what your body really needs? Or could you do just a good job by paying more attention to what you are eating instead?
Being aware of what we are eating is a vital tool in our weight loss arsenal for two reasons:
You eat the right food
The first is that by keeping track of the type of foods, calories, and the nutritional content in our meals, we can make sure that we feeding our bodies with the things that they need to be full of energy and thrive.
You avoid distraction
The second reason is that we can go through so much of life automatically nowadays. In fact, there always seems to be something there to take our attention away from the main task that we are actually doing.
We listen to music while we are driving, audiobooks while we do the housework, and even watch the TV while we are eating. But what does this mean for our weight?
Well, it often means that we eat whatever is put in front of us. No matter how big the portion is because we are not really tuned in to what our body needs.
That is why reversing this and eating with awareness can do wonders for our weight. As we eat less, but still have that feeling of satisfaction.
Now the focus is often on the types of food that we are eating when we are losing weight. But this means that some folks can forget all about the water that they need as well.
Water hydrates and fills us up, meaning we are likely to eat less when it does come to mealtime, so it is an essential part of any weight loss program.
Lastly, another commonly forgotten essential aspect of losing weight is getting enough sleep. OK, so we might not immediately correlate sleep and weight together, but actually, they can have a massive effect on one another.
For example, if you are burning the candle at both ends and not getting enough sleep it can make you tired or irritable during the day.
This makes you more likely to reach for a sugary and unhealthy snack to perk you up. Which can then cause you to get into a sugar cycle, and can negatively affect your ability to manage your weight.
That is why it’s essential to get a decent night’s sleep of 7 hours or more in a comfortable bed when you are on a weight loss program. Otherwise, you are just fighting a losing battle with yourself.
Now, I hope you learned that losing weight is not just about exercising. OK, a workout is essential for a healthy lifestyle, but there are other weight loss factors that we might often forget in our journey.
You should pay the same amount of attention to the food you eat, as you do to your workout. Hydration and proper sleep are also key weight loss factors that can instantly sabotage/boost your process.
A successful weight loss program should contain the following:
- A full-body workout that contains 30-60 minutes of intense exercises combined with 15-30 minutes of cardio exercises.
- A protein-rich diet that contains about 1200-1600 calories per day to create a calorie deficit.
- Eight glasses of water every day, no exception.
- At least 7 hours of sleep every night, but no more than 9 hours.
These are the main weight loss factors you need to properly approach for a successful weight loss plan.
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