8 scientific weight loss tips
#7 Relax and get enough rest
Besides being linked to a number of health problems such as heart disease, high blood pressure and cancer, science has also identified links between stress and weight gain.
When your body is put under extreme stress, it releases adrenalin and cortisol to help prepare you for a "fight or flight" response, says well-being consultant and nutritional therapist Laura Holland.
Cortisol stimulates insulin release and maintenance of blood sugar release, which can result in an increase in appetite.
The disruption of cortisol may not only promote weight gain, but also direct weight gain to your abdominal area rather than the hips.
According to a Swedish study, too little sleep also affects the production of cortisol and disturbs other systems in the body, leading to increased fat storage in the abdomen.
A Columbia University study found that people who slept five hours a night were 50 per cent more likely to be obese than normal sleepers.
Besides turning your body hormone levels upside down, it is hypothesised that less sleeping time also means more time awake to head to the fridge for that midnight snack.
#8. Chew longer and eat slowly
A study has found that people who chew their food more take in fewer calories, which may help them control their weight.
Chewing food 40 times instead of a typical 15 times caused study participants to eat nearly 12 per cent fewer calories, according to results published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
It is believed that chewing for longer gives your brain more time to receive signals from the stomach that it is full, leading to less over-eating.
"Research indicates eating quickly, gorging and binge eating have a substantial effect on being overweight," said the researchers from Harbin Medical University in China.
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