Four Common Mistakes that Overweight People Make

Written by Jill Fleming, MS, RD

Four Common Mistakes that Overweight People Make

I am a Registered Dietitian who has spent over 10,000 hours researchingrepparttar lifestyle habits of thin people for my book Thin People Don’t Clean Their Plates. In this research, I discovered striking differences betweenrepparttar 140094 choices that thin people make versus those of overweight people. The common dieting mistakes that overweight people typically make are those that tend to lump them intorepparttar 140095 ‘overweight’ instead of ‘thin people’ category for habits. Here isrepparttar 140096 list ofrepparttar 140097 top four habits of overweight people, which will prevent them from losing weight:

1.Skipping breakfast to save calories. Almost all thin people do eat something for breakfast. The majority of overweight people skip breakfast. Breakfast will breakrepparttar 140098 fast fromrepparttar 140099 night before and wake up your metabolism. Your body will burn more calories all day long because you ate something shortly after waking up.

2.Not eating when you are hungry. This will causerepparttar 140100 body to release lipogenic, or fat-storing hormones that prevent weight loss. Thin people tend to eat atrepparttar 140101 first sign of hunger. Carrying snacks will help you be prepared for unplanned hunger attacks and prevent a binge later.

How to Lose Weight: Food for Thought

Written by Gary Cordingley

When it comes to weight loss, most of us would like to engage in what psychologists call "magical thinking." We'd like to believe that some easy trick or ritual would allow us to shed pounds while eating anything we liked. Wouldn't it be nice if consuming all our food before 6 p.m., doing yoga, or hopping on one foot for five minutes would allow us to chow down with all our favorite goodies and still lose weight?

Unfortunately, despite what legions of people with a book or a product to sell might claim, it's just not so. Yet it really is possible to come up with a system for losing weight. The real secret is this: It's all aboutrepparttar calories.

Most of us have heard that sensible weight loss involves some combination of diet and exercise. As a physician, I'm surely not going to tell people to avoid exercise. For most people, exercise is a very healthy thing to do. But when it comes to losing weight, unless we're training forrepparttar 140043 Olympics,repparttar 140044 effect of exercise is minor. What matters most is how many calories go downrepparttar 140045 hatch.

This bears explaining. Our bodies userepparttar 140046 calories we consume to fuel our basic life- processes. The heart needs lots of fuel (calories) to beat its usual 100,000 times in 24 hours. The brain, liver and kidneys also require lots of fuel to perform their many chemical reactions and metabolic tasks. Most ofrepparttar 140047 calories we burn in 24 hours (about 1500 for women and 1800 for men) we would still burn even if we were in a coma.

It's true that workingrepparttar 140048 muscles in our arms, legs and trunk requires fuel (calories) as well, but you'd be amazed how long you would have to row, jog, swim or walk to burnrepparttar 140049 calories in one slice of cherry pie. (Answer: In order to burn offrepparttar 140050 486 calories in a slice of cherry pie a 175-pound person would need to row for 35 minutes, jog for 37 minutes, swim for 41 minutes or walk briskly for 63 minutes.) For most of us it would be more practical to just not eatrepparttar 140051 pie.

Each of us has a calories-per-day figure for maintaining body weight. If, onrepparttar 140052 average, we eat that many calories, then we will maintain body weight, neither gaining nor losing. If we consistently eat more calories than our break-even number, then we will gain weight. The unused calories have to be stored somewhere, and will probably go into our body's fat cells. If we consistently eat fewer than our break-even number of calories, then we will lose weight. The body will get its fuel somewhere, and will burn off calories that have been put into storage in fat cells.

This is how it is. We just can't get aroundrepparttar 140053 basic biology and physics.

So, if we're trying to lose weight, how do we choose what we do or don't eat? Well, sometimes, our choices are haphazard. A useful analogy concerns shopping. How inrepparttar 140054 world could we do a good job of shopping without knowingrepparttar 140055 prices ofrepparttar 140056 items we're putting in our shopping carts? Without knowledge ofrepparttar 140057 prices our choices in merchandise could easily exceed our budgets.

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