Ask anyone trying to lose weight and they will tell you how easily you can gain weight if you stop paying attention to your healthy habits. It took me an entire year to lose 10kgs but if I’m reckless it takes me just one week to gain 1kg back! The universe has some mad jokes I tell you. It has been 3 years on this journey and I now know what makes my body tick or not. Today I will share habits that easily contribute to my weight gain, I’m sure you will read some of them and notice that they probably have the same effect on you.
1. Poor Sleep
I’m a runner and this form of exercise requires that I get as much rest as I can to perform at my best. However, on days I don’t sleep properly I don’t have the energy to get up and do one of the few things I love the most. No energy means no runs means zero progress on that day. Which translates to me feeling guilty all day long and probably missing a meal which by the way is a bad thing because starving yourself means your body goes into starvation mode which leads to weight gain, my word, the cycle!
Fashion keeps doing the most. One time our jeans are all the way up to our boobs next thing they are low cut and at some point they had elastic bands around the waist. I remember the elastic band phase, I had a pair or two of those. Now that’s the worst pair you want to invest in if you are trying to lose weight. The elastic just keeps stretching and you don’t even realise you have gained weight until you wear something else. Stay away from elastic band jeans, they give you false sense of security!
I love me some white wine, on a good weekend I will go through a whole 1litre of white wine and not even feel bad about it. I run so that I can drink and drink so that I can run; that’s my story and I’m sticking to it!!! I’m pretty good when it comes to watching what I eat and very consistent when it comes to exercise but I promise you, alcohol will be the death of me! My six pack comes and goes and I know alcohol is the reason why it won’t let it thrive. Alcohol contains a lot of calories so unfortunately for me, I drink my calories…Just so you know, it’s not just alcohol that contains calories, soft drinks and fruit juices are also an enemy of progress.
White wine has 83 calories in 100g glass
Coca-Cola has 210 calories in a 500ml bottle
Fruit juice has 54 calories in a 100g glass
My advice is drink water, it has zero calories. If you can’t at least cut down because those clearly these drinks do more harm than good.
My stress comes from my Body Fat Scale. I used to have a habit where I would weigh myself everyday. That didn’t end very well and I since stopped the habit and I don’t encourage it either. Now I weigh myself once a week, same place and same time. According to researchers stress is connected to weight gain, because a high level of the stress hormone cortisol has been shown to up appetite, drive cravings for junk food, and make it oh so much easier to accumulate belly fat.
5. Pre-Menstrual Syndrome(PMS)
This is the worst time of the month for me. I hate PMSng, it drives me up the wall with it’s cravings and mood swings. I crave the strangest things. Last month I had doughnuts, a whole litre of coke, chocolate, lots of greasy take out and biscuits. Gosh! All that bad food in a week. I don’t know if it’s just me but my stomach has this small bulge of sort when I’m PMSng. This is one of the worst times of the month for me because I know the moment I hop onto the scale I will be very disappointed! I promise you the cravings leave me thinking I’m pregnant…but I know better.
You are all talk and no action. I see you!
I believe you know what contributes to your weight gain. You just have to pay extra attention to yourself. At the same time weight gain is not entirely a bad thing, especially if it’s going to the right places.
My advice is make small deliberate changes in your life and the weight loss will happen.
Let’s talk, what’s adding the weight on your scale?