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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.

7 reasons how your weight plays (dirty) mind tricks on you- weight fluctuates
    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 November 11, 2019

    How to Improve Memory and Boost Your Brainpower

    How to Improve Memory and Boost Your Brainpower

    Have you ever noticed that some people are able to effortlessly remember even the most mundane details and quickly comprehend new things? Well, you can too!

    To unlock the full potential of your brain, you need to keep it active and acute. Wasting time on your couch watching mindless television shows or scrolling through facebook is not going to help.

    Besides getting out flashcards, what can you do to help remember things better and learn new things more quickly? Check out these 10 effective ways on how to improve memory:

    1. Exercise and Get Your Body Moving

    Exercising doesn’t just exercise the body, it also helps to exercise your brain. Obesity and the myriad of diseases that eventually set in as a result of being overweight can cause serious harm to the brain.

    Furthermore, without regular exercise, plaque starts to build up in your arteries, and your blood vessels begin to lose the ability to effectively pump blood. Plaque buildup leads to heart attacks and it also reduces the amount of oxygen and nutrients that your blood carries to your brain. When the nutrients don’t make it there, the brain’s ability to function is compromised.

    To prevent this from happening, make sure you get moving every day. Even if it’s just a brisk walk, it’ll help you maintain and increase your mental acuity. Brisk walking, swimming and dancing are all excellent activities. Take a look at these 5 Ways to Find Time for Exercise.

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    2. Eliminate Stressors and Seek Help If You’re Depressed

    Anything that causes you major stress, like anger or anxiety, will in time begin to eat away the parts of your brain that are responsible for memory. Amongst the most brain-damaging stressors is depression, which is actually often misdiagnosed a a memory problem since one of its primary symptoms is the inability to concentrate.

    If you can’t concentrate, then you might feel like you are constantly forgetting things. Depression increases the levels of cortisol in your bloodstream which elevates the cortisol levels in the brain. Doctors have found that increased cortisol diminishes certain areas of the brain, especially the hippocampus which is where short-term memories are stored.

    Prolonged depression can thus destroy your brain’s ability to remember anything new. Seek professional help to combat your depression – your brain will thank you.

    3. Get a Good Night’s Sleep and Take Naps

    Getting a consistent 7 to 8 hours of sleep each night will increase your memory. During sleep, the brain firms up memories of recently acquired information.

    Getting enough sleep will help you get through the full spectrum of nocturnal cycles that are essential to optimal brain and body functioning during the waking hours. Taking a nap throughout the day, especially after learning something new, can also help you to retain those memories as well as recharge your brain and keep it sharper longer.

    4. Feed Your Brain

    Fifty to sixty percent of the brain’s overall weight is pure fat, which is used to insulate its billions of nerve cells. The better insulated a cell is, the faster it can send messages and the quicker you will be thinking.

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    This is precisely why parents are advised to feed their young children whole milk and to restrict dieting – their brains’ need fat to grow and work properly. Skimping on fats can be devastating even to the adult brain.

    Thus, eating foods that contain a healthy mix of fats is vital for long-term memory. Some excellent food choices include fish (especially anchovies, mackerel and wild salmon) and dark leafy green vegetables. Here’re more brain food choices: 12 Foods that Can Improve Your Brain Power

    Deep-fried foods obviously contain fat but their lack of nutritional value is not going to help your brain or your body, so think healthy foods and fats.

    5. Eat Breakfast and Make Sure It Includes an Egg

    According to Larry McCleary, M.D., author of  The Brain Trust Program, an egg is the ideal breakfast. Eggs contain B vitamins which help nerve cells to burn glucose, antioxidants that protect neurons against damage; and omega-3 fatty acids that keep nerve cells firing at optimal speed.

    Other foods to add to your breakfast include fruits, veggies and lean proteins. Avoid trans fats and high fructose corn syrup. Trans fats diminish the brain cells’ ability to communicate with each other and HFCS can actually shrink the brain by damaging cells.

    Having a healthy breakfast in the morning has been shown to improve performance throughout the day. If you’re too busy to have a healthy breakfast, this maybe just right for you: 33 Quick And Healthy Breakfasts For Busy Mornings

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    6. Write it Down

    If there’s something you want to remember, writing it down can help.

    It may sound like a no-brainer, but do you really know why? Writing it down creates oxygenated blood flow to areas of your brain that a responsible for your memories and literally exercises those parts of it. Here’s How Writing Things Down Can Change Your Life.

    You can start a journal, write yourself emails or even start keeping a blog – all of these activities will help to improve your capacity to remember and memorize information.

    7. Listen to Music

    Research shows that certain types of music are very helpful in recalling memories. Information that is learned while listening to a particular song or collection can often be recalled by thinking of the song or “playing” it mentally. Songs and music can serve as cues for pulling up particular memories.

    8. Visual Concepts

    In order to remember things, many people need to visualize the information they are studying.

    Pay attention to photographers, charts and other graphics that might appear in your textbook; or if you’re not studying a book, try to pull up a mental image of what it is you are trying to remember. It might also help to draw your own charts or figures, or utilize colors and highlighters to group related ideas in your notes.

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    Here, you can learn How to Become a Person Who Can Visualize Results.

    9. Teach Someone Else

    Reading material out loud has been shown to significantly improve memory of the material. Expanding further upon this idea is the fact that psychologists and educators have found that by having students teach new concepts to others, it helps to enhance understanding and recall.

    Teach new concepts and information to a friend or study partner, and you’ll find you remember the information a lot better.

    10. Do Crossword Puzzles, Read or Play Cards

    Studies have shown that doing crossword puzzles, read or play cards on a daily basis not only keep your brain active but also help to delay memory loss, especially in those who develop dementia.

    So pick up the daily newspaper and work on that crossword puzzle, read a book or enjoy a game of solitaire.

    Pick one to two of these tips first and start applying them to your everyday life. Very soon you’ll find yourself having better memories and a clearer head!

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