May 6, 2012
Because of increasing health awareness all over the world, more and more people tend to be conscious of their weight. Diet regimens, exercise tips, and even extreme activities are introduced to help everyone attain their ideal weight. In the end, it still boils down to basic science of how we are eating, burning calories, and the numbers behind it. Slightly nerdy science, so please bear with me.
For conversion purposes, always remember that 3500 calories is equal to 1 pound. Simply put – if you eat food with this amount of calories, you will notice an increase in your weight by 1 pound. If you exercise burning 3500 calories then you’ll definitely lose 1 pound. Sounds easy right?
Because of this, a lot of people have now started calorie counting – limiting their food intake and watching the calories they burn in every gym session. But I bet you didn’t know that sleeping can actually help you lose weight! Here are some smart tips to help achieve a sexy you:
How can you burn fat when asleep?
This is one of the most intriguing questions ever asked. But there is definitely truth behind it — just by sleeping, you can burn a lot and save more calories. The rationale is that when you are sleeping, you will definitely not be eating for a long time (approximately 8 hours or more, depending on your sleeping habit). Also, a study shows that people who have longer sleeping time lose more weight than the ones who are sleep-deprived. This is because sleep deprivation can wreak havoc on hormones that control appetite and the metabolism of fat. Moreover, when you are sleep-deprived, you have the tendency to overeat because you feel that your body needs the extra food to function with so little sleep. This is definitely something that a lot of people need to watch out for, so start fixing your sleeping habits now!
Negative calorie foods
You may have heard that if you eat these foods, you are definitely burning calories. While this is true, technically, these foods still have positive calories. It’s just that your body will take more energy to burn them, so the net calories is definitely a negative value. For example, a celery stick has 7 calories, but you need approximately 35 calories to burn it, so the net value, -28, is the negative calorie that is being referred to by most people. Try snacking on celery sticks instead of your usual sweets and chips for a healthy, weight-loss alternative.
Stay away from salty foods more than sweets
Salty foods, of course, have salt. Salt tends to cling to the water molecules in our body, thus being referred to as water weight. This water weight physically refers to your tummy bulges, or the bulges on the sides of your hips and stomach. An eyesore to most people and to most girls who definitely want to wear a bikini right? So better control eating chips, salty viands and the like, and start buying the low sodium version of your favorite food.
Being physically fit isn’t only about being able to fit into that skimpy bikini – it is about being healthy and being confident in your own skin. Remember that your lifestyle while you are young – the food that you eat, your physical activities (or lack thereof), and your sleeping habits – will take their toll on your body when you age. So be smart in your lifestyle choices — find convenient and practical ways to lose weight. Getting enough rest and having a regular sleeping pattern will help you burn fat while you are asleep — and this is definitely a smart first step to being healthy.