The Basic: Eating Habits

May 15, 2011

Most people think that the amount of calories one consumes and the amount of calories one burns a day determine whether one will be overweight or underweight. However, that is not always the case if we looks at friends who eat more than anyone in this whole wide world and still remain relatively slim. Those friends’ bodies react differently to food that they consume, because of three factors: temperature, genetics, and hormones.

First, the warmer the body temperature, the greater the effect of diet. The major difference between a person who is overweight and who is not is the body temperature. In fact, overweight people have relatively cold hands, feet, and thighs. If the body temperature drops, then the blood circulation is not as smooth as it is supposed to be, ultimately leading to more accumulation of fat near places like thigh.
On the other hand, when the body temperature is high, the smooth blood circulation deposits minerals and vitamins to body cells, making diet easier, and keeping the day bright. If one is going for the effect of killing two birds with one stone, then one should make habits of taking foot bath or lower-body bathing regularly, and drinking hot tea. (Below are pictures of food that can raise your body temperature.)

Second, healthy eating habits prevent one from developing fattening genes. (Yes, you can develop genes, in fact, over the life time. So, usually, when the parents are skinny, so is the child.)
If one have tried diet at least once in one’s life time, there is one common question asked: “I don’t eat much, but why do I gain weight?” If this is the case, then it’s a red alarm for one’s eating habits.
For example, people usually eat a candy or two, ice cream, cookies or drink a cup of coffee right after their meal (even if they reduce the amount of actual meal that they consume). This type of eating habits only develop the fattening genes (FTO genes) further, bringing unbalanced hormone levels. It will be harder to control appetite and form adipose cells more quickly.
The best way to close this problem is to fix one’s eating habits. Based on healthy eating habits, one can succeed diet more easily. Also, it would be better to eat a snack at least one and a halt to two hours after the meal.

Third, sleeping is the BEST (I repeat, BEST) way to prevent release of fattening hormones.
Our body is programmed in a way so that we are able to regulate the amount of stress and the appetite. The one way our body achieves this task is by sleeping. While we are asleep, hormone called melatonin is released, and this hormone melts the adipose tissue to use it as an energy source. Also, the hormone that blocks excessive appetite called leptin hormone is released, ultimately keeping dieters eat just enough.

According to the experiment results from University of Columbia, people who usually slept over seven hours a day had 47% lower chance of being overweight than people who usually slept only five hours. One might have misconception that if one does not sleep a lot, one will burn more calories, but that is wrong, because the more we sleep, the more hormones will be released.
For those dieters who are still starving to succeed in diet, think again.

If you continue your habits, you have also promised to be on that horrible diet forever.

I mean, FOREVER.


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