Ten habits of people who lose weight and keep it off
Ten healthy habits
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We make more than 200 food decisions a day, and most of these appear to be habitual, which means we eat without thinking about what or how much food we consume.
A new study found weight-loss interventions that are based on forming new habits, and breaking old habits is the key to a healthy weight.
Ten healthy habits
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We're all different. If we are all on the same weight-loss diet, there will be various outcomes. Some people will lose a lot, some will lose a little, and a few will even gain weight.
Genetics And Nutrition
Scientists are continually finding links between genetics and nutrition. Many of us have a gene called FTO that makes us more likely to be overweight. You can get a genetic test to tell which variant of the FTO gene you happen to have.
However, scientists who study the genetics of nutrition think it’s premature to base nutritional advice on your DNA. That FTO gene, for example, has only been shown to make a few pounds’ difference in body weight.
Nutritional Genetic Testing
The coded messages of your DNA are billions of letters (nucleotides) long. Personalized nutrition companies only care about a few of your DNA letters and can tell you which "variant" you have at each of those locations (known as SNPs) along your DNA strands.
Genetic testing companies can learn what SNP variants you have by supplying them with a vial of spit.
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People struggle to keep weight off
Researchers have observed weight regain following weight loss across a range of populations and types of weight-loss diets.
Why long-term weight loss is so hard
The brain’s response to caloric restriction tends to be to increase cravings for foods that are highly rewarding and reducing our perception of being full.
Diets frequently fail because they have an endpoint and are not a real lifestyle change. Maintaining a lifestyle that promotes a healthy weight and metabolism is often a lifelong journey.
Maintaining weight loss
The actual food you eat isn’t the main thing that enables you to keep weight off.
Maintaining a weight-reduced state is a lifelong journey and many dietary approaches can work to facilitate weight loss and keep it off.
For most people, eating feels good. And in times of stress, some people use food as the best way to calm their emotions.
Identify stress triggers and do your best...
Depression-related symptoms like sleeplessness or inactivity can make weight loss more difficult. Some commonly prescribed antidepressants can cause you to gain weight as well.
The first step is to get screened for depression. Talk to your doctor about getting a referral to a mental health professional. He or she will be able to investigate further and determine whether you have depression and give you helpful advice for moving forward.
If you have experienced emotional trauma, it could be affecting your eating habits and your weight. Your past experiences might prevent you from losing weight in the present day.
To reach your goal, you may want to work through the issues with a qualified professional.