Burning Foods For Spring

Spring Weight Loss

It's that time of year again when everyone wants to lose a few pounds, to get ready for summer and no doubt there will be an array of diets in the media. Everyone who has ever tried to lose weight has heard this advice: eat only when you're hungry. While this might sound perfectly rational, it only works if you're super disciplined. Which, unfortunately, most of us aren't. When you're really hungry, you're likely to eat faster and consequently, definitely more than you need. This happens because you end up eating faster than your brain can process and tell your body that it is full. It's a whole lot better to eat small portions before you get hungry, so you remain in control of the calories that go into you. Similarly, don't wait till you start feeling full to stop eating because by the time your body starts to feel satiated, you've already overeaten. So, eat before you're hungry, stop before you're full is the new mantra.

The irony for me is that straight women in China seem to forget that Chinese men outnumber them, and foreigners are attracted to them too, so it isn't like they don't have options for marriage or dating - the push should be for a healthy lifestyle, not trying to obtain some unreasonable semblance of beauty as dictated by social media. Sad too is the fact that few Chinese doctors advise against it, or point out that issues such as dysmenorrhea go part and parcel with this unhealthy lifestyle.

According to research from The University of Exeter, it's ingrained in our biology to want to eat more in the winter months. Yes, really! Researchers suggest that we have a natural tendency to overeat in the winter because, historically, food was more scarce. While we're not doomed to binge at the first snowfall, it's good to be aware of more subconscious factors such as these. The best thing to do is to be proactive about your diet and more mindful of portion sizes.

According to Wake Forest researchers, dieters who sleep five hours or less a night put on two and a half times more belly fat, while those who sleep more than eight hours pack on only slightly less than that. But when you have a regular bedtime and stick to it, you set yourself up for day-in, day-out weight loss. Shoot for an average of six to seven hours of sleep per night—the optimal amount for weight control. Regulating your sleep schedule could slash 200 calories a day.

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