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7 Ways Your Weight Plays Dirty Tricks On You

7 Ways Your Weight Plays Dirty Tricks On You

One day, your down  five lbs, the next day, those five lbs are back in your life. It’s back to square one with all time and effort for naught.

This weight thing is one giant headache. Step on the scale. Hold your breath. Who knows what is going to happen once you look down.

The scale is one nasty mofo who enjoys playing with our emotions. However, we shouldn’t allow a number to determine our emotional well-being. The scale is a poor indicator of progress the majority of the time.

Do yourself and your psyche a favor and hide the scale in the closet.

Here are some reasons why your weight fluctuates on a roller coaster that the scale can’t account for.

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Stress and Hormones

Silent, but deadly is the definition of stress. Poor sleep habits, not enough calories consumed, low activity levels, and the day-to-day grind plays a pivotal role in managing stress.

The chief hormone that is thrown out of whack is cortisol (aka…the stress hormone). Cortisol naturally releases in response to emotional or physical stress. As with anything in life, too much and then problems arrive on the scene.

High levels of cortisol wreaks havoc on your life, puts the stop sign on fat loss and blows you up like a hot air balloon.

Carbs

Before you get any crazy ideas and decide to avoid carbs like the bubonic plague, realize carbs are essential to proper functioning on a daily basis. Carbs are vital for optimal brain functioning. Going low carb (lame) is likely to lead to decreased thyroid output (bye bye metabolism), elevated cortisol levels, decreased testosterone (not cool), shoddy immune system, and sluggishness.

Yes, carbs do add extra weight to you at times. They’re stored as glycogen, which brings in three times the amount of water. Hence, leading to extra water weight.

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After a hard workout and refueling with some rice or potatoes, pay no attention if you’re heavier the next day.

Strength training

It’s normal for resistance training, especially for beginners to cause slight gains on the scale.

Anytime you go for a training session, you’re causing tons of microscopic tears among your muscle fibers. These tears are a necessary part of the process of building muscle. You break down your muscles and supply them with nutrients, and they come back stronger the next time.

Have you ever been sore a couple days after a strength training session? These micro tears were the reason, which lead you to experiencing delayed onset muscle soreness.

These micro tears cause muscle damage leading to inflamed and swollen muscles on the worked area. Those tears are going to lead to your body triggering an immune response, which happens anytime your body receives damage. To help with inflammation, your body is going to retain water to help deal with the tears and help repair.

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Micronutrients

One of the biggest causes of bloating is due to a sudden influx of micronutrients, specifically sodium. We all have varying levels of how much sodium we need. Sodium causing water retention comes down to how much we normally consume on a daily basis.

If you’re one who normally manages their sodium intake, but goes out for pasta one night, expect to be a little bloated the next morning.

How much food is currently in your belly

What you eat and the amounts eaten on a daily basis play a huge role in your day-to-day weight. Going on a liquid diet (bad idea) with nothing but protein shakes will have you weighing less than if you choose to ingest animal protein.

However, if on a liquid diet, then you’re missing valuable minerals and vitamins, which animal proteins can provide.

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    Feel no shame the next day after eating all the protein at the cookout.

    Lastly, if you decide to drink buckets and buckets of water, expect your weight to increase, it has to hangout somewhere for the time being.

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    Constipation

    It’s only natural that we talk about poop. A lack of fluids and/or fiber will leave you struggling when it comes toilet time.

    If your body isn’t eliminating fecal matter on a consistent basis, then that food is making a residence in your intestines and colon, which will cause temporary weight gain(and discomfort).

    Avoid this problem by exercising, staying hydrated, and eating nutrient dense foods.

    Dehydration

    Dehydration happens when our bodies lack essential fluids. When you’re dehydrated, salt is going to be retained in the body. Excess salt causes extra fluid in the tissues, hence the increase in weight.

    Increasing your water intake increases urine production. Therefore, the extra salt camping in your tissues is removed through urine over time eliminating bloating.

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    Last Updated on January 17, 2019

    8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

    8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

    In life, we all need to be conscientious of what we are doing. You don’t need to live a life of stress if you don’t want to. You can achieve peace and happiness in life by carefully building mindfulness exercises into your life’s routine.

    Exercising mindfulness isn’t rocket science and as importantly, you can do it. It will, however, take a few tries to get into the groove of things but once you get it, it is like riding a bike, you will never lose it.

    Trust me. It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. In this article, I will share with you 8 mindfulness exercises that will help you to boost your energy, vitality and live a more peaceful and happier life.

    Why Is It Hard to Live A Peaceful And Happy Life?

    Our Habitat Has Become Too Technological

    The world has accepted the idea that technology is often the cure for all evil. We have accepted, as a society, that everything technological will make us live a better life without fully investigating the many side effects that modernity brings.

    There are a number of technological side effects that have a tremendous impact on your life that the media rarely tells you about.[1] Some of them include self-harm, economic inequality, having less sex, and even suicide. The global community is becoming less happy because of technology.

    How can anybody live a peaceful and happy life when they are depressed? Technology advancements, ladies and gents, is a major reason for why we are living a poor life because it has infiltrated our lives too much.

    According to my research, Americans spend an average of 8 hours a day looking at the computer screen — The average screen time spent on smartphones alone is about 20 hours per week. That’s a lot! No wonder why living a happy and peaceful life is so difficult these days.

    Too Many People Don’t Want to Unplug

    Americans check their phones an average of 80 times during vacation.[2] Some admit to checking their smartphones 300 times every single day. In countries like Brazil, India and China, the situation is no different.

    The reality is that people are constantly plugged into technological devices and this behavior is literally making people all over the globe fight an inner war with themselves, which consequently makes them very sad. As we know, war is the enemy of peace which won’t make anybody happy.

    Listen carefully:

    We have a global anxiety epidemic because people don’t want to unplug from their smartphones and most people aren’t doing anything to fix it. It is a sad state of affairs but very real. This obsession with technology is turning us into perishable robots who live terrible lives.

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    The era of anxiety is here to stay. There is little doubt about it. We can, however, fight back with the best remedy of all — We call it mindfulness!

    Thank God there is an antidote to this whole technological madness. Without further ado, let’s go straight to the mindful exercises.

    8 Mindfulness Exercises to Start Practicing

    There are tons of mindfulness exercises available for you to engage with out there.[3] In the paragraphs below, I will include the best ones I’ve personally tried or have seen my close friends and family members try.

    Are you ready for it? Let’s go!

    1. Pray Daily

    You should pray on a daily basis. Why is that you may ask — Well, because science has told us to do so.

    When people pray, they feel peaceful, almost eliminating anxiety. Worries become secondary, and often gives people energy and hope to cope with the difficulties of life.

    Prayer can make you more confident and focused. Prayer also helps you with self-control, helps to control pain, and can protect you against illnesses and disorders like cancer and high blood pressure. At least, this is what researchers from Harvard Medical School have said.[4]

    Pray. You won’t regret it.[5]

    2. Pay Attention to Your Inner Thoughts

    A lot of people allow themselves to be influenced by their negative thoughts. Be different and resist believing in them. It is a bad habit that can lead to unhappiness.

    By the way, if you do feel this way, chances are high that somebody other than you put these thoughts into your head.

    Here is my secret to combat this cancer — look at things objectively. I bet that if you look at things as they are, you will realize that most if not all of your negative thoughts are only inside of your head.

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    If you pay close attention, you will quickly realize that these voices aren’t worth your time. Believe me — Ignoring them and looking at things with objectivity is often the best course of action.

    This article can guide you to beat negative thoughts:

    How to Stop Automatic Negative Thoughts When You’re Overwhelmed

    3. Smile Often

    Smiling will slow down your heart. It will also relax your body because when you smile, your body releases endorphins which in itself has a number of positive benefits for you as a person.

    Smile often! You may want to smile early in the morning, during the day, and late in the evening. It is amazing what happens to you when you decide to smile instead of being grumpy.

    Surrender your problems to a nice smile. You will notice two things. First, most people just don’t which makes them live a miserable life. Second, if you decide to smile often, you will eventually smile unconsciously which is the ideal.

    The moment that you smile unconsciously, you then know that you are truly happy.

    4. Organize Your Working Desk

    A messy desk will make you less productive and can agitate and overstimulate you. You don’t want that.

    When you clear your desk, you engage in deep inner-thinking and your systematic decision making ends up becoming therapeutic.

    Most people realize that they are most creative when their creative space is clean and organized. The former often makes people more aware of what they are doing which lends to less stress and more productivity.

    Organizing your desk will also make you more energetic and focused because order often decreases chaos which is a condition that often slows down daily progress.

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    5. Celebrate Your Friend’s Victories

    I love this mindful exercise. One of the best ways to live a happy and peaceful life is to celebrate the victories of others. When you do that, you automatically make your friends in a better mood which makes you in a better mood, as well.

    Happiness is contagious! We might as well celebrate others as much as we can. If you find out that your peer has won an award, celebrate with him! If your friend is the recipient of a local charity award, celebrate with her!

    What is also awesome is that when you celebrate with others, they often celebrate with you in return. This, ladies and gentleman, will make you feel fantastic. You can’t go wrong with this one, period.

    6. Listen to Your Spouse/Partner

    God put someone in your life for a reason. You might as well listen to him or her.

    I listen to my wife everyday. In fact, I often ask the following question to her, “Amanda, what are your thoughts about…” or “What am I missing about…” It is shocking what I hear back from her. Without her having much context and perspective, by the art of observation in my own nonverbal behavior and the behavior of others, she accurately gives me incredible insights which helps me out with living my life to the fullest.

    I’m a firm believer that spouses are supposed to engage in interpersonal communication every day. I most definitely do and will continue doing it. You should do the same.

    7. Give Yourself a Break from Technology

    You can’t be in total equilibrium if your computerized devices control your life. You must get away from technology on a daily basis.[6]

    How do you do that? This is my formula:

    First, take this smartphone control test. It is only ten questions but this test will place you somewhere in the human robot cycle continuum.

    If your score is between 25-30, take a break from the computer (or smartphone, pad, laptop/desktop) every twenty minutes and stop being on a computerized device after 8:00pm.

    If you score between 30-35, still take a break every 20 minutes but stop being on these devices at 5:00pm.

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    If you score more than 35, you need to take action immediately.

    Limit computer use as much as possible throughout the day. Give yourself as many breaks from the computer as possible. Are you ready for the challenge?

    8. Go Exercise

    Go exercise at least three times a week. I don’t care if you need to workout early in the morning, late in the evening, on the weekends or during work days. Working out is absolutely imperative for you to live happy and peaceful life.

    The stresses of the modern world are too much for you to neglect this important mindfulness exercise. When you go to the gym, you burn calories, focus on activities one step at a time, your mind relaxes, anxiety decreases, you sweat and often think about topics unrelated to your work place among many other benefits.

    You must exercise at least three hours each week for optimum results. Why? Just take a look at all the benefits of regular exercising:

    12 Benefits of Regular Exercise You Should Know

    The Bottom Line

    It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. Now that our habitat has become too technological and many people just don’t want to unplug, engaging in daily prayer, celebrate your friends’ victories, and listening to your spouse are among the best ways to be mindful about what you are doing and how you are living.

    It is possible to live a happy and peaceful life. It only depends on you.

    Go exercise! Take a break from technology and invest in you! Life is too short for distractions.

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