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Use These 5 Secrets to Help Your Jeans Fit Using Weight Loss Science

Use These 5 Secrets to Help Your Jeans Fit Using Weight Loss Science

Frustrated by the endless number of confusing messages about weight loss and fitness? The Internet and TV are full of programs, diets, and infomercials telling us how to work out, lose weight, and what not to eat. The problem is, some of the information seems contradictory — one guy says to do X and another expert says X will kill you!

What do we do if we really want to succeed in becoming healthier and looking great? The answer lies in biochemistry. You don’t have to be a science geek to lose weight, but since food companies use biochemistry to make you want to eat things that can make it impossible to button up your favorite pair of jeans, you need to know enough to understand how your body handles the fuel you give it.

Weight loss isn’t brain surgery. But it is science. Here are the five facts that will set you free from your ‘fat jeans’ forever.

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1. The 500 Calorie Secret

No matter who you are, how you’re shaped, or which genes your folks gave you, you can’t gain weight if you consume fewer calories per day than you burn. It takes 3500 calories to make a pound, and that means that plus or minus 500 calories a day, every day for a week, will add or subtract one pound of weight to your body. Think about that: one pound of weight on or off of you happens in 500-calorie-per-day increments. Knowing what you’re eating and drinking helps you understand these numbers. Losing thirty pounds might sound hard at first, but losing a pound a week is easy if you remember the 500-calorie secret. Here’s a great article from the Mayo clinic about this secret.

2. The Wheat-is-the-Devil Secret

Wheat is your enemy. It is biochemically engineered to add fat to your organs and pounds to your body. Whole grains are marketed as being healthier than processed grains, but that’s sort of like saying it’s healthier to smoke filtered cigarettes instead of unfiltered ones. They’re both terrible for you. Cut bread out of your diet, and the pounds will start coming off much more easily.

Watch this awesome video from the experts at RealDose for more information about the Wheat Secret. And here’s a link to the bestselling book, Wheat Belly. It’s worth your time to read it.

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3. The Sugar Secret

Sugar is, in almost every case, one of the worst things you can eat if you want to lose weight. Your liver stores some sugar in the form of glycogen, which it uses to give you quick energy when your body needs it. But when it has plenty of glycogen stored (and most of us have more than enough), every sugar molecule you eat gets turned into fat. And extra dietary sugar has many other harmful effects on your body — like promoting insulin resistance, diabetes, several types of cancer, and can even negatively influence your brain function.

If you reduce your sugar intake and try to eat foods that have more natural sugars than chemically manufactured ones (like choosing fruit instead of ice cream, for example), you’ll soon have less trouble with that top button. Here is a powerful article from AuthorityNutrition about the Sugar Secret.

4. The Kitchen Secret

Not all of us are chefs, but if you really want to control your body weight, you need to eat at home. The problem with eating out is that you have no idea what’s going into what you eat. Even if you think you’re choosing a healthy option on someone else’s menu, you don’t know how it was prepared or even if it’s actually what you think you’re ordering.

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Getting into the kitchen helps you know what you’re eating and control your calories. WebMD has a great post about how eating at home helps you lose weight.

5. The Exercise Secret

You might assume that exercise alone is enough to help you lose weight. We all know that increasing our activity will make us healthier, and there is no doubt that exercise is good for you in terms of reducing pain, improving cardiovascular health, mental clarity, and endless other benefits. But it is incorrect to think that as long as you hit the gym you can eat whatever you want.

Multiple studies have shown that as we lose weight, our metabolism actually slows down. When this happens exercise produces less caloric burn that it does when we’re heavier. Combine that with the thought that you can eat more as long as you’re exercising some, and you’ll understand why you know some people who work out a lot and are still overweight.

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Exercise is important, and one of the secrets to a healthy and happy life. But it’s not going to get you into those jeans if you don’t control your calories as well. This New York Times article explains the exercise secret. It’s a great read.

If you want to fit into your favorite ‘skinny jeans,’ you have to understand the science of weight loss. Control the calories, kill the wheat, cut out the sugar, get in the kitchen and move your body, and you’ll be out of those ‘fat jeans’ forever.

Featured photo credit: Potamos Photography via flickr.com

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Last Updated on November 9, 2020

10 Real Reasons Why Breaking Bad Habits Is So Difficult

10 Real Reasons Why Breaking Bad Habits Is So Difficult

Bad habits expose us to suffering that is entirely avoidable. Unfortunately, breaking bad habits is difficult because they are 100% dependent on our mental and emotional state.

Anything we do that can prove harmful to us is a bad habit – drinking, drugs, smoking, procrastination, poor communication are all examples of bad habits. These habits have negative effects on our physical, mental, and emotional health.

Humans are hardwired to respond to stimuli and to expect a consequence of any action. This is how habits are acquired: the brain expects to be rewarded a certain way under certain circumstances. How you initially responded to certain stimuli is how your brain will always remind you to behave when the same stimuli are experienced.

If you visited the bar close to your office with colleagues every Friday, your brain will learn to send you a signal to stop there even when you are alone and eventually not just on Fridays. It will expect the reward of a drink after work every day, which can potentially lead to a drinking problem.

Kicking negative behavior patterns and steering clear of them requires a lot of willpower, and there are many reasons why breaking bad habits is so difficult.

1. Lack of Awareness or Acceptance

Breaking a bad habit is not possible if the person who has it is not aware that it is a bad one.

Many people will not realize that their communication skills are poor or that their procrastination is affecting them negatively, or even that the drink they had as a nightcap has now increased to three.

Awareness brings acceptance. Unless a person realizes on their own that a habit is bad, or someone manages to convince them of the same, there is very little chance of the habit being kicked.

2. No Motivation

Going through a divorce, not being able to cope with academic pressure, and falling into debt are instances that can bring a profound sense of failure with them. A person going through these times can fall into a cycle of negative thinking where the world is against them and nothing they can do will ever help, so they stop trying altogether.

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This give-up attitude is a bad habit that just keeps coming around. Being in debt could make you feel like you are failing at maintaining your home, family, and life in general.

If you are looking to get out of a rut and feel motivated, take a look at this article: Why Is Internal Motivation So Powerful (And How to Find It)

3. Underlying Psychological Conditions

Psychological conditions such as depression and ADD can make it difficult to start breaking bad habits.

A depressed person may find it difficult to summon the energy to cook a healthy meal, resulting in food being ordered in or consumption of packaged foods. This could lead to a habit that adversely affects health and is difficult to overcome.

A person with ADD may start to clean their house but get distracted soon after, leaving the task incomplete, eventually leading to a state where it is acceptable to live in a house that is untidy and dirty.

The fear of missing out (FOMO) is very real to some people. Obsessively checking their social media and news sources, they may believe that not knowing of something as soon as it is published can be catastrophic to their social standing.

4. Bad Habits Make Us Feel Good

One of the reasons it is difficult to break habits is that a lot of them make us feel good.[1]

We’ve all been there – the craving for a tub of ice cream after a breakup or a casual drag on a joint, never to be repeated until we miss how good it made us feel. We succumb to the craving for the pleasure felt while indulging in it, cementing it as a habit even while we are aware it isn’t good for us.

Overeating is a very common bad habit. Just another pack of chips, a couple of candies, a large soda… none of these are necessary for survival. We want them because they give us comfort. They’re familiar, they taste good, and we don’t even notice when we progress from just one extra slice of pizza to four.

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You can read this article to learn more: We Do What We Know Is Bad for Us, Why?

5. Upward Comparisons

Comparisons are a bad habit that many of us have been exposed to since we were children. Parents might have compared us to siblings, teachers may have compared us to classmates, and bosses could compare us to past and present employees.

The people who have developed the bad habit of comparing themselves to others have been given incorrect yardsticks for measurement from the start.

These people will always find it difficult to break out of this bad habit because there will always be someone who has it better than they do: a better house, better car, better job, higher income and so on.

Research shows that in the age of social media, social comparisons are much easier and can ultimately harm self-esteem if scrolling becomes a bad habit[2].

6. No Alternative

This is a real and valid reason why breaking bad habits is difficult. These habits could fulfill a need that may not be met any other way.

Someone who has physical or psychological limitations, such as a disability or social anxiety, may find it hard to quit obsessive content consumption for better habits.

Alternately, a perfectly healthy person may be unable to quit smoking because alternates are just not working out.

Similarly, a person who bites their nails when anxious may be unable to relieve stress in any other socially accepted manner.

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7. Stress

As mentioned above, anything that stresses us out can lead to adopting and cementing an unhealthy habit.

When a person is stressed about something, it is easy for bad habits to form because the mental resources required to fight them are not available[3].

We often see a person who had previously managed to kick a bad habit fall back into the old ways because they felt their stress couldn’t be managed any other way.

If you need some help reducing stress, check out the following video for some healthy ways to get started:

8. Sense of Failure

People looking to kick bad habits may feel a strong sense of failure because it’s just that difficult.

Dropping a bad habit usually means changes in lifestyle that people may be unwilling to make, or these changes might not be easy to make in spite of the will to make them.

Overeaters need to empty their house of unhealthy food, resist the urge to order in, and not pick up their standard grocery items from the store. Those who drink too much need to avoid the bars or even people who drink often.

If such people slip even once with a glass of wine, or a smoke, or a bag of chips, they tend to be excessively harsh on themselves and feel like failures.

9. The Need to Be All-New

People who are looking to break bad habits feel they need to re-create themselves in order to break themselves of their bad habits, while the truth is the complete opposite.

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These people actually need to go back to who they were before they developed the bad habit and try to create good habits from there.

10. Force of Habit

Humans are creatures of habit, and having familiar, comforting outcomes for daily triggers helps us maintain a sense of balance in our lives.

Consider people who are used to lighting up a cigarette every time they talk on the phone or eating junk food when watching TV. They will always associate a phone call with a puff on the cigarette and screen time with eating.

These habits, though bad, are a source of comfort to them, as is meeting with those people they indulge in these bad habits with.

Final Thoughts

These are the main reasons why breaking bad habits is difficult, but the good news is that the task is not impossible. Breaking habits takes time, and you’ll need to put long-term goals in place to replace a bad habit with a good one.

There are many compassionate, positive and self-loving techniques to kick bad habits. The internet is rich in information regarding bad habits, their effects and how to overcome them, while professional help is always available for those who feel they need it.

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Reference

[1] After Skool: Why Do Bad Habits Feel SO GOOD?
[2] Psychology of Popular Media Culture: Social comparison, social media, and self-esteem.
[3] Stanford Medicine: Examining how stress affects good and bad habits

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