You may not realize it, but some of your everyday habits, such as the amount of water you consume daily, can have a significant influence on the way your body metabolizes food and sheds weight. Below, we have outlined some of the most important lifestyle factors that play a role in weight gain and weight loss. At 360 Medical Weight Specialists in Walnut Creek, our physician-led weight loss programs give you the tools you need to make the most of your weight loss by strategically incorporating the best lifestyle habits for weight loss into your everyday life. Some of the lifestyle habits that 360 MWS can help you with include lowering sugar levels, staying hydrated, and exercising regularly. For more information, attend one of our free info sessions or schedule a free consultation by filling out the form on this page.
Low Sugar Diet
The average American consumes about two to three pounds of sugar each week. Current research shows that a high sugar diet can trigger weight gain as well as create an addiction to sugary foods. Reducing the amount of sugar you eat is one way to overcome these cravings, and it can help you to lose weight and keep it off. Low sugar diets usually begin with cutting out sodas and snack foods, as well as lowering your intake of fruit and whole grains. At 360 MWS, we give you the tools you need to cut back on sugar consumption and shed extra weight.
Why is hydration important when you are trying to lose weight?
The body is made up mostly of water, so it is no wonder that maintaining proper hydration keeps the body in good working order. Water keeps the entire body functioning optimally, improving brain function and energy levels. When trying to lose weight, it is especially important to keep the body well-hydrated so you can metabolize and shed weight.
What is water retention?
Water retention (also known as “bloating”) occurs when the body collects fluids in the soft tissues. Though it may seem contradictory, the body will actually let go of excess fluids and water weight when you are properly hydrated.
What causes water retention?
Water retention can be caused by any of the following factors, some of which should be avoided when trying to lose weight:
Lack of sleep
Studies show that as little as 15 minutes of physical activity can benefit your weight and cardiovascular health. Studies also suggest that shorter, high-intensity workouts promote more weight loss than longer, medium-intensity workouts. Exercise also contributes to reduced stress levels, which helps to control food cravings that are the result of anxiety (“stress eating”).