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We women never shirk from investing our time and energy to achieve the skin and body we desire. From slogging it out in gyms to binging only on salads or in my case deleting all the numbers of take away outlets around my place so that I don’t fall prey to my own laziness. It is obvious when you put in so much effort, we want results. Sometimes we overlook the tiny details while paying attention to the big picture. Let me make you aware of these tiny but really important reasons which could help you to not only shed these kilos, but keep them off too. Read on..
Drinking less water
I know this has been repeated so many times, that it has almost become a cliché. I have seen so many people who do not drink water unless they feel thirsty. Hence, they end up drinking very less quantity of water than what is required by the body every day. Drinking minimum (yes you read it right hon!!!) two liters of water a day speeds up your metabolism, leaves less room in your stomach for food, reduces the risk of a heart attack, keeps headache at bay, detoxifies your body, and strengthen your system to boost up your body’s metabolism. Pheww…. The list is endless, no good cream can quench your skin’s thirst till it is hydrated from inside. So cheers to our good old glass of water gals….
The first meal of the day is the most important meal. Whatever you eat first thing in the morning gets absorbed easily, because you eat after fasting entire night. Eating a wholesome breakfast will not only keep you full, but will also keep a check on your unnecessary cravings later in day. So make sure you don’t skip any meals because when you skip a meal your sugar levels drop forcing you to binge on unhealthy snacks and then you have to put an extra half an hour on treadmill just to feel guilt free. So eat sensibly.
Drinking more tea and coffee
This is especially for those who think they cannot ‘function’ without their cuppa. While it is fine to drink a cup or two of tea or coffee per day, drinking more than that can give your weight loss regime a hitch. You end up consuming high levels of caffeine, that increases the quantity of the stress hormone, cortisol, in your body. And, this hormone makes you crave for sugary and fatty foods. Solution, switch to healthier options like juices, herbal tea, etc.
Yes you read it right. I know stress is something nobody wants but everybody has, and when they say don’t ‘take’ stress it is easier said than done. Stress badly affects your metabolism and provokes you to eat more! Many researches have proved that you crave for high-calorie things, like desserts, chips, chocolates, etc., when you are stressed (true story!!). Solution, learn some stress busting techniques, like tai-chi, meditation, yoga.
Remember in school when our teacher told us to chew our food slowly and count it 32 times before swallowing? Turns out, our teachers were so darn right. Latest researches have proved that your food gets assimilated better if you eat slowly. Our stomach takes 20-30 minutes to let our brain know that it is full so if we eat fast, we eat way more than our capacity and that results in weighing machine not moving an inch. So back to basics, eat slowly and carefully pay attention to your tummy’s signal of being full.
Staying up late
Depriving yourself of a healthy sleep is simply not good for your intention to lose weight. Sleep deprivation causes the imbalance of two hormones in your body- leptin and ghrelin. Leptin sends signals to brain that you are full after you eat, and ghrelin stimulates hunger. Due to lack of sleep, the quantity of leptin decreases in your body, and the ghrelin levels increase. And, you indulge in late-night eating habits. So, to avoid this, make sure you take around seven hours of sleep every day; it would be best if you sleep and wake at the same time daily. This will set your biological clock on track.
Pampering yourself with ‘fat free’ and ‘Sugar free’ foods
Don’t be surprised when you don’t lose a gram even after replacing sugar in your food with sugar free or eating fat free stuff available. Trust me it is better to have a slice of normally sweetened cake rather than eating an entire cake with ‘sugar free’. So, ditch those packets and tins, and fill your fridge with healthy food like fruits, veggies, yoghurt, etc. and remember it is always possible to cheat once a week if you are eating healthy otherwise.
Well now you know the reasons your weighing scale may not be moving even if you are working out sincerely. So rectify these mistakes and continue your journey to be fit in a healthy way.
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