There are 4 ways to sabotage your weight loss. According to CBS News’ HealthPop, thinking about the lightness of a meal can cause your brain to make more ghrelin, a hormone that slows down metabolism. Instead, think about the wholegrain bread you’re having with your salad. Buying food with a credit card can cause you to buy less healthy food. Use Cash. Sitting for a few hours can cause your body to stop making lipase, a fat-inhibiting enzyme. Stretch every hour. Finally, not enough sleep can cause your body to crave carbohydrates and fats. Go to bed earlier. Don’t “weight up”.
Sleeping more may also fight your genetic predisposition to gain weight. In a University of Washington study researchers analyzed self-reported data on height, weight and sleep duration of 604 pairs of identical twins and 484 pairs of fraternal twins. Short sleep was considered -7 hours, normal sleep was 7-8.9 hours and long sleep was 9+ hours. For those averaging 9+ hours genetic factors accounted for about 32% of weight variations. It was 60% for those sleeping 7-9 hours and 70% for those sleeping -7 hours. Although sleep need and Body Mass Index are inherited traits, you don’t have to “take them lying down”.
Weight loss has even been sabotaged by the Body Mass Index – a height/weight ratio used by health officials for decades to categorize people as overweight and obese. In a study published in the journal PLoS ONE, the BMI of approximately 1,400 people was compared to their body fat percentage. Thirty-nine percent of those who were overweight by BMI standards were obese according to their body fat percentage. Obesity is 25% or more for men and 30% or more for women. It seems even experts have difficulty “fat-homing” who is overweight and who is obese.
However, there’s 1 way not to sabotage your weight loss – hang out with family and friends who are losing weight. A study published in the Archives of Surgery tracked families of 35 gastric bypass patients. One year after the surgery other overweight or obese family members had lost approximately 5% of their body weight. This is known as the “halo effect”. Because they wanted to be supportive, family members made healthy food choices and exercised together. Unfortunately, the halo effect can also affect weight gain, smoking and drinking. That we can be judged by the company we keep may be scientific fact.