Often, we’re at a loss to explain how we can’t seem to lose weight, despite following strict diets and a lot of exercise. That’s why several studies and research have focused on discovering the causes, other than diet and exercise that influence weight gain. Among the habits that result in unwanted weight gain, there are five things we might be doing every morning that gradually result in us gaining weight without even realizing it.
1. Avoiding natural sunlight to enter
“Blue” waves of solar light result in accelerating our metabolism and helping to wake up the body. That’s why it’s recommended to open the curtains or taking a 20–30 minute walk outside immediately after waking up. These things will have a positive effect on our physiological processes, leading to a reduction in body mass.
2. Sleeping too much or too little
Appetite is strongly controlled by the body’s hormonal balance. Sleeping for fewer than 7 hours per night can produce high levels of cortisol, which is a hormone directly related to situations involving stress. The body’s response to elevated levels of this hormone is increased appetite. Keep in mind that sleeping for more than 10 hours per day can also result in an increase in body mass. So, doctors recommend sleeping between 7 and 9 hours per day to achieve the optimum balance.
3. Not making the bed
As mentioned earlier, a healthy sleeping pattern is ideal for achieving a healthy weight. However, it’s not only a matter of quantity, but also quality. A recent study showed that people who make their bed tend to sleep better, thereby getting more out of their hours spent sleeping.
4. Not having a routine of weighing yourself every day
A recent university study concluded that a habit of weighing yourself every day has a positive influence on weight loss. Researchers observed that this action inspires people to lose weight because it brings with it a highly motivating and challenging effect. It’s important to weigh yourself every morning at the same time, before eating or drinking anything.
5. Having very little for breakfast
Skipping breakfast, or eating very little first thing in the morning, is a routine, which can lead to weight gain. On the other hand, a healthy breakfast, which is high in low-fat protein, carbohydrates, and even a little dessert, providing approximately 600 calories, is a big help in any healthy daily diet.
So now you have no excuses. These 5 simple, easy-to-perform practices, together with a healthy diet and physical exercise, can lead us to our ideal body weight in a healthy and sustainable way.