February 28, 2011

Three more reasons why you are not losing weight:

1.You do not get enough sleep. According to several studies, overweight individuals lost LESS fat when they slept about 5.5 hours a night compared to 8.5 hours a night.  Researchers are not sure why, but most believe feelings of fatigue contribute to hunger, causing the sleep deprived to eat more.   Whatever the reason, it is clear that inadequate sleep will interfere with weigh loss, so turn off the computer (after you finish reading this post) and get to bed!

2. You do not drink enough water.  A recent study found dieters who drank two cups of water right before a meal lost about five pounds more (over a twelve-week period) than dieters who did not increase their water intake.  It may just be that water makes you feel full, but whatever the reason it is an easy way to speed your weight loss.

3. You do not lift (or lift heavy enough) weights.  I have covered this before (, but it seems women still believe the myth that they will get bulky if they lift weights.  Most women do not have enough of the male hormone testosterone to build huge muscles.  They can however strengthen and tighten their muscles for a toned sleek look.  Lifting weights will help you burn more calories even while you rest, and will help speed your fat loss.

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