The first lifestyle modifications that most people make when they decide to lose weight are starting a fitness routine, going on a diet, and eating smaller portion sizes. While these lifestyle changes are positive, they’ll only go so far until overall health and wellness become your main focal points on the journey to weight loss. Chances are, if you’ve become overweight or obese, you’ve picked up some unhealthy habits along the way that will be destructive to your progress unless you stop doing them.
Here are 5 old habits you might still be practicing that will either halt, or slow down your weight-loss progress.
1. You’re still drinking a bit too much alcohol
According to the CDC, 24 percent of all women between the ages of 18 and 34 binge drink on a regular basis. Another study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that alcohol consumption is the number one reason for overeating versus losing sleep or watching television. All types of alcohol, including spirits, wine, and beer not only contain an excessive amount of calories, but can alter your body’s ghrelin.
Ghrelin is the hunger hormone that triggers cravings for junk food, so when ghrelin becomes imbalanced, you’re more likely to stray from your diet. Keep alcohol consumption to a minimum, or better yet, cut it out of your life completely while you’re trying to lose weight.
2. You’re still not getting enough sleep
Lack of sleep will also alter your hunger hormones in the same manner as alcohol consumption. When your body is tired and deprived of sleep, you’ll be inclined to make less healthy food choices. Plus, if you feel too exhausted to cook, you might end up resorting to the fast-food drive-thru. When you start getting an adequate amount of sleep, you’ll notice that your cravings for junk food will dissipate. Aim for between seven and eight hours of sleep per night to keep your hormones in check.