Myimagine/ShutterstockIf you fall asleep to the gentle glow of your phone’s screen, the television, or even a nightlight, it’s time to find a new bedtime routine, as an Ohio State University study found that blue light during slumber can cause you to gain weight. The light can alter your circadian rhythm, causing you to get less deep sleep and to eat more during the daytime. In the study, mice who slept with a light on gained 50 percent more weight than their furry friends who slept in pitch black. And even though this study was done on mice, the researchers say the results still apply to humans. People who sleep with the light on experience hormonal disruptions just like the mice, and previous studies on shift workers have found those whose schedules require them to sleep when it’s light out tend to gain weight. Don’t miss these 10 other ways to naturally reset your sleep cycle.
Part of the Metabolic Balance theory is that no aerobic exercise is allowed. Even still, I feel like I really need to get moving more, starting with taking longer walks. I broke both of my ankles earlier in the year, and after eight months I am still not walking properly.
Great article, but could you please, oh please stop using photos of already thin, healthy, young and beautiful people for your articles on weight loss. That young woman looks like she’s never had a weight or health issue in her life. Please use real people.
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When I was finished I came to my senses and realised I have a sugar addiction – and it’s much more serious than just a love of Oreos and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. When I return to the UK I need to start the Metabolic Balance diet from scratch to get the sugar out of my body.
Hi, Just bought your book yesterday and reading religiously . Love the information specially the way its written. I have a one question though According to your slow diet I I have to eliminating carbs. yes I’ll lose weight bu tdont I gain all the weight back when I am done dieting. I seen one of my co worker done the “no carb diet” lost weight magically in 5 month and gain back all the weight back(even gain more may be she look bloated most of the time ) . Please advise.
Funny enough, the most weight loss I ever experienced was when I switched off the “SAD” (standard american diet) to Macrobiotics–about 15 years ago–giving sugar and dairy–and meat–but focusing on lots of grains and legumes. It’s strange to me that with THAT diet, I shed 25 pounds in a few months without trying…and yet, with Paleo, Nothing.
You could also “make your own version” of the Paleo diet. If you don’t want to, don’t exclude grain products but try to limit processed foods like fake meats, pizzas, maybe white bread? Just bring more variation by adding more vegetables and fruits to your diet (eggs if you’re not vegan) and limiting added sugar, instead of limiting grain products. No one says you have to be 100% strict Paleo to see positive results, there’s a lot of people who don’t exclude dairy or beans from their Paleo diet
Stasique/ShutterstockAnything that slows you down when you eat can help you become more mindful of what you’re eating, how much you’re enjoying it, and how full you are feeling, according to a study done by Cornell University. One easy way to put a speed bump between you and your plate is to try different utensils. Chopsticks will slow most Americans down, but if you don’t have pair handy, try simply switching your fork to your non-dominant hand. You’ll have to concentrate harder before each bite and will pay more attention to your food. Try these other mindful eating tricks to further draw your attention to what’s entering your mouth.
Kale Chips – Kale chips are the answer to any snack woes you’ve been having on Who needs potato chips? These have all the crunch you’d expect from a potato chip, while also providing you with Vitamins A and C as well as minerals and plenty of fiber. You won’t get that from a bag of commercial potato chips.
I want to accurately be able to fill out the lose 50 pounds in 5-8 months. What would the activity qualifiers mean? I am active throughout the day; I am a stay at home mom. Would I qualify as the 3-5 days exerciser? or What? I do workout in addition to “mommying” about 3 days for about 40 minutes. And just for informative purposes what would classify as a hard exerciser?
I imagine that you don’t get a lot of choice with dinner as you’re both fourteen, but maybe if your family is having a high carb side to their meal (like potatoes, bread etc) you could sub that for a salad or a carb which is easier to digest like sweet potato. You could cut your dinner down a little too and eat a smaller portion than you usually would.