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7 Key Reasons You're Still Fat

Wednesday, 03 Mar 2010 08:24 AM


Lack of sleep, stress, or even counting calories could all be standing in the way of success on the scales:
1. You’re too tired.

Sleep deprivation increases a hormone called ghrelin which stimulates your appetite. In simple terms, if you’re not getting enough rest you’ll want to eat more and you’ll start to crave the wrong kinds of food to try to refuel your body.

“We rarely crave chicken stir-fry and brown rice,” says nutritionist Zoë Harcombe, author of "The Harcombe Diet: Stop Counting Calories & Start Losing Weight." “You are much more likely to crave a carb-based pick-me-up such as cookies, cakes, and chocolate. This will give you a short-term high followed by an energy crash, and then you’ll become tired again.”

Solution: You need to get into a sleep routine. Make sure your bedroom is at a comfortable comfortable temperature — between 65 to 68 F (18 to 20 C) is ideal — and that it’s dark and quiet. If necessary, fit blackout blinds or curtains or wear a sleep mask if you have to. Before going to bed, wind down with a warm, relaxing bath, read a book (but not in bed), listen to soothing music. Don’t watch television. Avoid excess alcohol which makes you wake early, drinking caffeine in the evening, or eating heavy, rich meals, and processed food.

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