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Most of us know that we don’t get enough sleep, we are not talking about just getting the recommended 7 to 9 hours, we are talking about getting good quality sleep. Research has shown that sleep directly affects your levels of ghrelin and leptin which are related to feelings of hunger and fullness, but also the stress hormone cortisol, which in turn can spur your appetite.
Changes in your glucose metabolism that is brought on by sleep deprivation will cause your body to hoard the calories that you consume, storing them as fat rather than burning them for energy. Have you ever noticed that when you haven’t had a good night’s sleep that you crave something sugary, that’s your body looking for that quick boost of energy?
We see all the time these new fad liquid diets that can supposedly help you lose weight quick. The fact is, is that if you change your fluid intake from a sugary drink to any other source like tea, water or even a fruit infused water like lemon water the you will decrease the number of calories that you are putting into your body.
Although lemon water is not a zero calorie drink it is very low in calories, approximately 11 calories for a half a lemon and can give you some other great benefits.
How many times have you sat down for a nice meal, ate until you were full and then an hour later find your nose in the fridge or cupboards looking for “something” to eat? Because you think you feel hungry already? Maybe your stomach is even growling a bit?
This is a real problem in our overabundant society. Why? Because most of us eat mindlessly, or out of boredom, or we are actually just a bit dehydrated and need a glass of water!
We don’t like to be uncomfortable, and in today’s world we don’t have to be. We do need to start taking responsibility though for all this comfort as the obesity epidemic comes partially from all this comfort!
Exercise. The one thing most people who are dieting or just trying to improve their health hate. The good part about it, you don’t have to become a gym rat in order to see the benefits of just 150 minutes a week or just over 20 minutes a day. Here are 5 main benefits of including exercise into your weight loss or healthy living journey.
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