Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Five Reasons You Might Be Gaining Weight

1. Food

You may be eating more than you think. For the most part, people gain weight because they
are taking in more calories than they are "spending" in physical fitness activity. If you really
want to see what you are eating, keep a food diary. Recent studies show that people who
wrote down everything they ate and drank six days a week lost about twice as much as those
who only kept a diary two to three days a week.

2. The Scale

Do you weigh yourself often? It's easy to put on those pounds without even knowing it.
Preventing weight gain is as important as weight loss. Weigh yourself at least one time a week
at the same time of the day. The best time to weigh yourself is when you wake up in the
morning after you go to the bathroom with no clothes on, using the same scale. However,
don't become obsessive and weigh yourself repeatedly through out the day.

3. Stress

When you are stressed, your body releases stress hormones to try to help you cope. But
these hormones can increase your weight, as well as your blood glucose, blood pressure,
cholesterol, weight size and more. Identify your source of stress, and look into ways to
handle stress, such as taking a walk, reading a book or just taking more time for yourself. Of
course, physical fitness activities are number 1!!

4. Physical Fitness

With all the new gadgets, you don't need to be as active to get things done. You can sit at the
computer, on the telephone, or in front of the television for hours. Be sure to take a break,
add in a little physical fitness, whether at home or at the office. Walk, stretch, if you have the
desire, join a gym if that works for you.

5. Sleep

Not much to be said here.....make sure and get plenty of rest!!!