Loneliness Can Contribute To Weight Gain, How?

It’s post New Year’s celebrations and we’re all searching for that one magic trick to burn our beer belly. But there are no shortcuts indeed to lose weight. Instead the best New Year resolution for you to have is an overall better health.

Losing a ton of weight quickly through crash diets can lead to weakened immune systems, dehydration and cardiac stress. But getting more sleep in example can help fight viral infections and burn more fats.

Here are five recommendations on how to improve both your physical and emotional health this 2019.

1. Sleep better 

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Having insufficient sleep decreases the immune system’s ability to fight common illness such as colds and other viruses.  It also increases the risk and severity of mood problems such as anxiety and depression.

In addition to that, lack of sleep impairs your body’s ability to metabolize sugar and increases your appetite!

2. Eating time 

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A trick to losing weight without changing your diet is to only eat when the sun is out. Something that Oprah Winfrey practices, in which she doesn’t eat past 8 pm. The body’s internal clock performs certain functions better at specific times of day. The best blood sugar control is in the morning, and digestion is higher in the morning too. While it’s the lowest in the middle of the night.

3. Reduce stress 

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Stress triggers our body to release cortisol. This makes us crave less healthy food options like snacks that contains high sugar and fat content.  It’s also shown that stress and elevated cortisol tend to cause fat deposition in the abdominal area rather than in the hips. This abdominal fat deposition is also called the “toxic fat” because it’s often correlated to cardiovascular disease including heart attacks and strokes.

4. Spend time with your loved ones 

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Research has shown that people crave for food during their loneliest hours. This is because lonelier people exhibit higher levels of ghrelin aka hunger hormone and felt hungrier.

By building your face to face relationships rather than those on Facebook can help manage stress, increase endorphins and potentially help you live longer.

5. Work your body 

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No surprise here but regular exercise is well proven to decrease the potential to develop either depression or anxiety. Staying active also helps individuals to avoid osteoarthritis, an inflammatory disease that can cause joint pain. Obesity increases the risk of inflammatory joint disease. So working out can definitely help you stay in shape and helps your joints to be stronger.

If you need a place to start, try 3 HIIT/ Functional Training/ Body Toning classes from Superdeals for only RM 60!