“Bad Habits” That Actually Help You Lose Weight
Not every diet means having to give up everything you love. In fact, some bad habits might actually help you see the progress you’ve been hoping for.
It’s not as crazy as it sounds. We’ve all tried eating right and exercising every day, but no one can live on baked chicken and squats alone. And you shouldn’t. Recent studies say that giving yourself a break from your diet can actually help you stick to it longer.
And when you backslide with these so-called bad habits, treating yourself doesn’t have to mean putting your goals on the back burner completely. Whether it’s a glass of wine or a bar of chocolate, these treats can actually speed your metabolism up instead of slowing your diet down.
A Glass of Wine
A nightly glass of wine (especially white wine) won’t just help you relax. It also speeds up your metabolism and makes it harder for your body to hold on to fat.
Not only does it burn calories (around 300 an hour), it releases the hormone oxytocin that keeps you from packing on pounds when you’re stressed.
Splurge on Steak
Grass-fed beef is more expensive, but it has fewer calories than regular beef. So instead of cheating with a fast food burger, treat yourself to the good stuff.
Not margarine, not olive oil: full-fat butter. Indulging in the good stuff for breakfast can actually help you burn more fat later in the day and can be more filling.
You don’t have to feel guilty about sneaking bites of yesterday’s pasta from the fridge. When it’s cold, pasta turns into resistant starch that keeps you full longer and helps you burn fat.
Taking a break from your diet to eat a little bit of whatever you want actually helps you stick to it for the long term (as long as you don’t overdo it).
Did you know that losing just one hour of sleep a night can make you eat 200 more calories a day? So the next time someone gives you shade for taking a nap or sleeping in tell them that you’re doing it for your diet.
As long as they eat around the same calories, people who eat more chocolate a day are thinner than those who don’t. Consider us sold.
Spend Time Outside
Even if you have work to do, get moving. Soaking up more vitamin D a day — especially during the early a.m. — can help you lose more weight. So don’t feel guilty about putting off your morning emails to take a morning walk.
Eat a Big Breakfast
If nothing gets you out of bed like bacon for breakfast, go ahead and have it. When breakfast is your biggest meal, you eat less during the day and give your metabolism the boost it needs to burn more.