4 Proven Methods for Losing Body Fat to Improve Your Sleep by Shelia Johnson

In a recent study from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, researchers found that overweight participants who lost belly fat started to see improved sleep, showing that there is a direct connection between weight loss and a better night’s sleep. However, it’s not easy to fix the issue if weight is already affecting your sleep. There is evidence that sleep deprivation can lead to overeating, which may stack the odds against you if you’re trying to lose weight but have trouble sleeping. While it’s not possible to target specific areas of your body for fat loss, there are lots of things you can do to reduce your overall weight and reap the health benefits that come with the change. Learn about some of the lifestyle changes you can try below. 

Prepare More Meals at Home 

When you’re short on time, you might find yourself stopping for fast food on a regular basis instead of cooking at home. While it’s not bad to eat fast food every now and then, it’s generally healthier to prepare meals yourself from scratch. 

Making a full meal at home every night might be out of the question, but there are lots of ways to speed up meal prep. Getting an electric pressure cooker, for example, is one of the easiest ways to make countless types of meals more quickly. There are many different pressure cookers to choose from. When picking out a model, consider factors such as its price and ease of use. Don’t forget to read online reviews to see what the best option might be for your family. 

Focus on Calorie Intake 

Unfortunately, weight-loss myths abound in the media, making it hard for anyone to decide what the best course of action is when it comes to getting rid of body fat. There are also endless debates on the importance of exercise versus cutting calories, and what it means to eat “good” foods versus “bad” ones. 

Finding what works for you amidst all of this debate can seem impossible. While nutrition experts still disagree on the value of counting calories, the truth is that it usually works. In fact, Verywell Fit points out that the basis of just about any diet — including most fad diets — is to create a calorie deficit. This simply means eating fewer calories than you burn. 

Determining how many calories you need for weight loss can be really complicated. There are ways to calculate this number yourself. However, it can also work to use a weight loss calculator, such as this one, to do the math for you. 

Practice Mindful Eating 

Mindful eating is the practice of paying more attention to what you eat. Being mindful can mean something different to everyone. However, most people who practice mindful eating agree that it is a form of meditation that helps you make more informed choices about what you put into your body. This is done by limiting distractions while eating and paying attention to your emotions before, during, and after having a meal. As a result, people who practice mindful eating oftentimes find that they lose weight and form a more positive relationship with food. 

Try New Types of Exercise

Diet and exercise usually go hand-in-hand regardless of who you ask. Most medical experts recommend that you get in 150 minutes of moderate activity or 75 minutes of vigorous activity each week. How you approach this is up to you. 

If you’re feeling uninspired by your workout, it might be time to introduce new types of fitness to your routine. Doing yoga, for example, is a great way to stay in shape, reduce your body fat over time and reap numerous other benefits

Excess weight can affect your health in so many ways, but weight loss can sometimes feel impossible with the amount of conflicting information out there. However, there’s a reason that traditional advice sticks around. No matter what spin you put on it, eating right and getting enough exercise is always at the heart of losing weight. 

More Recent Posts:

Helping children manage their moods

...and avoid the meltdown! Moods can strike just when you don’t want to expect them! You are at an event with family or friends and someone gets up to give a speech when your little person let’s out the loudest scream you’ve ever heard! Or you are at a church service...

Shhhhhh……Finding Silence in our Crazy World

Recently, I was dragged kicking and screaming to Yellowstone State Park on a very impromptu mini-vacay. Why was I screaming you might ask? I had to ask myself that very same question, because nature is my happy place! After a long school year I should have eagerly...

How Can Nature and Sunlight Help Manage Your Emotions

I am so lucky to live in the beautiful, sunny state of Colorado where outdoor time is cherished and it is often said that we have 360 days of sunshine! My most happy days are days when I am outdoors hiking, skiing, working in the garden or just taking time to sit on...

Take the hair-pulling out of bedtime.

Poses for a Good Night’s Sleep In our busy world, children often come home from a long day of school and after-school activities, gobble down dinner and plow through homework, jump in the bath and head off to bed, with parents hoping they are going to get enough sleep...

Hair Pulling or Joyous- You Decide

Hailpulling or Joyous- You Decide. by Holly Anthony Holidays are approaching so fast! Somehow, the year ramps up from 60mph normal to about 90mph around October, right? Maybe it's just our family. I've found a few things that help me mentally prepare for the onslaught...

Why would you want to be a kids yoga teacher?

Some of us are born to teach. I have been teaching something since I was 14 years old and probably even before that! I distinctly remember playing school and I always seemed to be the teacher in the games. I have taught gymnastic, library science, been a tutor for...

The Budget-Friendly Guide for Boosting Your Yoga Practice by Shelia Johnson

Yoga is a tool that can help us practice focusing on the present moment and letting go of anxiety about things we cannot change and fears out of our control. It can be an intensely physical, mental, and spiritual practice, but like any routine, it can also sometimes...

You can do better…..

By D.M.A ( a blog series for teens) Going back to school after break is something most people dread. You have to get up early and your free time just goes out the window. It might not feel like the most fun thing in the world – the work load, the assignments and...

13 Remarkable Health Benefits of Getting OutDoors by By Trip Outside

If you’re a self-professed homebody, you could seriously benefit from a change of scenery. Spending time in nature could improve your physical and mental health, ward off illness, and actually make you happier!  As the Father of Western Medicine, Hippocrates,...
Share This
X