Losing weight is no easy task. Sacrificing delicious food for the sake of losing a couple pounds is hard. Running around the block for an hour 3 times a week is also not very pleasant – especially if you could finish an episode of your favorite TV show during that time instead.
Why do some of us have to work so hard to whip ourselves into shape – while other people seem to eat what they want (when they want) and never put on any weight? The answer may surprise you: They have habitually healthier lifestyles.
Don’t take this the wrong way, but lets dissect a few factors that lead to unhealthy weight gain.
- Lack of sleep: Not getting enough sleep has a direct impact on ones health. I personally find that if I go for a few days with less than 6 hours of sleep per night, my immune system shuts down. The first thing I will notice is me getting cold/flu like symptoms and all kinds of nasty bugs will follow – like lack of energy, exhaustion, stress, etc. The symptom I hate the most though is getting flabby muscles – especially belly muscles – making me lose my slim appearance very quickly.
Ever wondered why new parents tend to put on weight so quickly? I will go as far as saying that I find it fairly easy to manage my weight if I get enough sleep on a nightly basis. This takes commitment though to get to bed early every evening… which is not always easy for us night owls.
Now let me ask you this: If you habitually got plenty of sleep every night – would you have an easier time managing your weight?
- Lack of movement: Skinny people are not afraid to walk. In fact, they have no problem parking further away and walk a hundred yards when going somewhere. They generally have no problem taking the stairs either. They don’t do it lose weight, but they simply don’t mind doing it. It might not be much, but let me ask you this: If you burned (on average) an extra 100 calories per day just by not taking lazy shortcuts, would it not be easier to maintain your weight or even lose a bit over time rather than constantly gaining more?
- Lack of nutrition: This is probably the big one right here. There is this perception that most fast food is bad for you but the reality is – it’s not necessarily bad – it simply lacks the nutrition your body needs to function. As a result you’re hungry more often. When your body gets the nutrients it needs, you’re hungry less often.
In other words, stuffing your body with dead calories causes you to put on a lot of excessive weight with little to no needed energy in return. If you ate just a bit more nutritional food (and a bit less “lack of” nutritional food) on a daily basis, would weight not be a whole lot easier to manage?
Skinny people are masters of at least 2 of those. They may not even know it, but they have very simple habits that help them control their weight.
If you master 2 of those points and become semi good at the other one – I will go as far as guarantee that you will have no problems burning your fat and stay in tip-top shape for the rest of your life.
For more information on how to burn fat, check out my review of Tom Venuto’s guide over here!