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10 Habits that Might Be Keeping You from Losing Weight

July 23, 2013


Have you ever tried losing weight only to find yourself frustrated because your efforts were not getting you anywhere? There’s no miracle solution to getting fit. It’s all about eating right, exercising, and getting quality rest and sleep. Nonetheless, we often engage in some habits that keep on sabotaging all our hard work. If you find yourself going backwards in your weight loss attempt, maybe it’s because you exhibit some of the following habits.

You work out only when you want.

It’s Monday and you’ve done so much at work. You feel tired, hungry and sleepy. When you reach home, all you want to do is rest, sit in the couch, turn on the TV and eat a large packet of crisp. Exercising would be the last thing on your mind.

If you think exercising when you are tired will only make you more tired, think again. According to a study published in the Psychology Bulletin, 90 per cent of people who exercise suffered less fatigue and developed more energy and focus. In fact, the effect of exercising on your sense of focus is comparable with that of a drug used for ADHD patients. It’s all about managing your time and picking the best schedule for your workout. If you’re already dead tired for an afternoon workout, schedule it first hour in the morning.

You’re skipping breakfast.

If you think skipping breakfast will save you some calories, think again. In most cases, not eating a regular meal in the morning will make you crave for high-calorie foods and snacks later in the day. Another thing, having a solid breakfast meal promotes metabolism, helping you burn more calories throughout the day. With the right mix of foods (ask advice from a nutritionist or personal trainer), you will have enough energy and less food craving.

You’re not drinking enough water.

In a study published in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association, dieters who drank a glass of water before a meal whilst keeping their calorie intake healthy lost 44 per cent more fats than those who consumed the same number of calories but had reduced water consumption.

Did you know that dehydration is among the most common causes of weight gain? Often, your body mistakes thirst with hunger. So here’s a tip. Whenever you crave for food, drink a glass of cold water first. If the hunger goes away, it only means you aren’t hungry, only thirsty.

You’re not getting enough sleep.

Many dieters pay so much attention to exercise and calorie count but often overlook the value of sleep in their weight loss endeavour. Our body has its own clock which regulates hormones that control sleep, wakefulness, hunger and metabolism.

When our bio clock is interrupted, our craving for high calorie foods increases and our metabolism goes out of whack. In one study conducted by the New York Obesity Nutrition Research Centre, it was found that people who lack sleep tend to consume 300 calories more than those who had enough sleep.

Whilst they burn the same amount of calories, excess calorie intake leads to progressive and steady weight gain. Remember, you only need to consume 3,500 calories to gain one pound. Sleep deprived individuals are also at risk of developing belly fats.

You spend a lot of time with inactive people.

Are you fond of going out with friends for some “food trip”? Do you love partying all night during weekends, drinking beer and snacking on fatty treats? If yes, you are not far from weight gain.A long-term study which appeared in the New England Journal of Medicine found that a person is more likely to become obese when a friend becomes one.

Well, this does not mean you should stop seeing your friends and find new ones. You can be their health saviour! Instead of another “unli-beer” session this weekend, encourage them to go to the gym, take a walk or even get outdoors and backpack.

Engaging in healthy and physically challenging activities is a fun way to bond with friends and at the same time, burn fats.

You’re underestimating your total calorie intake.

Often, food portions we’ve become accustomed to are far greater than the actual serving. Just because you are eating a few of something doesn’t mean you are also consuming fewer calories. If you choose the wrong food, even just a cup serving could supply your body tons of calories!

One way to keep your calorie intake on track is to measure your food for one month – weigh it if possible. This gives you an idea of how much you are actually eating. Knowing proper portions and monitoring your calorie intake are important for weight loss success.

You seek emotional comfort from food.

Do you often resort to food whenever you feel down? If yes, this habit of yours is actually sabotaging your efforts to lose weight. Sweet, salty and high-calorie foods can really provide you comfort but their “feel-good” effect is only momentary whilst their health consequences are lasting. Emotional eating could also lead to feelings of guilt, anxiety and worse, depression.

Finding a healthy outlet for your emotions is one way to avoid emotional eating. Instead of emotional eating, engage in activities that alleviate your stress levels and make you feel good without causing harm to your health and well-being.

These include exercising, engaging in creative activities, taking a vacation, and interacting with nature. Another successful way to let go of negative emotion is to try hypnotherapy. The relaxing nature of the therapy helps to lower overall stress levels, while at the same time teaching your mind to release negative emotions in some quite enjoyable and creative ways.

You don’t count weekends.

You’ve been religiously following your weight loss programme all through weekdays, is it bad to have a “cheat day”? Having a cheat day is not bad as long as you still keep an eye on your food and activity levels.

If you restrict yourself from eating ice creams for the entire week, treat yourself with a scoop on a Sunday. But don’t let your body become physically inactive. Instead of chilling in front of the TV for hours, find more fun activities that keep you moving, like strolling in the park, cycling, swimming, etc.

You’re constantly comparing yourself with others.

Looking at the stick figures in the magazines and on the internet won’t help you lose weight. Sometimes they may inspire you, but often, they will make you feel worse. Competitiveness is a trait hardwired to our brains, we all have the tendency to compare ourselves with others – sizing each other up.

But sticking to this habit could do more harm than good. Many people shift from one weight loss programme to another once they’ve heard or seen something. There’s nothing wrong with trying out what worked for other people. But you’ve got to give yourself a chance and enough time to know what works and what doesn’t, for you.

You’re stuck on what doesn’t work.

This is different with the previous habit. Here, you carry on with a weight loss solution that is not working for you. Losing weight is easier than maintaining weight. Maybe you managed to lose a stone in a relatively short period of time using a diet fad you’ve read about, but that doesn’t guarantee that it will keep you from losing weight forever.

To be successful in maintaining fitness, you need to assess your lifestyle most especially your activity level and calorie intake.

Don’t let these habits prevent you from achieving a fitter, leaner figure and bringing back the confidence you once had. Losing weight is possible and it starts with building healthy habits.

What other habits can you think of that prevent many people from losing weight? Feel free to share your comment with us.


Richard Scott
Clinical Hypnotherapist

Part of the Core Health Centre


Natural Weight Loss Tips

March 21, 2013


Staying lean doesn’t just boost your self-confidence. It also keeps you healthy. But losing weight using unsafe methods can do you more harm than good. On this article, let’s talk about some of the best ways to burn stubborn fats without putting your health at risk!


Engage in Weight Training

There’s no doubt that exercising is the best strategy to lose excess fats. But many people think that regular exercising is a big pain in the bottom especially if you are not really into it. But it really is essential in order to lose weight faster. Weight training may be a better choice than aerobics if you’re looking to burn fat, but do speak to our experts here at Core Health to find out more.


Be a Slow Eater

Science was able to prove that by eating slower than usual, you can significantly reduce your weight. If you devour your food quickly, your brain may find it hard to measure your food consumption and recognise that your stomach is already full. Hence, you tend to eat more.


Dine Out Less Often

Fast food is not a good option if you are trying to lose weight. Remember, they are high in calories, sodium, and sugar which all promote fat production and storage. If you’re dining out, look for healthier menus such as green salad and leaner meat rather than the greasy burger, fatty fries and sugary pastries.


Don’t Be Fooled by the Word ‘Diet’

Many food products and fizzy drinks are so labelled to be a good choice for dieters. Some boast of having no sugar (although they taste too sweet!). Well, these foods usually contain artificial sweeteners that have been shown to cause brain cancer and promote obesity. So watch out for these diet sodas and similar stuff, they won’t really help you lose weight at all.

Also psychologically, the word DIET suggests starvation to your subconscious mind. So that part of your mind triggers a self preservation mechanism which can actually cause the body to start storing fats… without you even knowing what it’s doing.


Sip Green Tea

Green tea is highly regarded for its amazing health benefits. And you probably heard about its weight loss effects, especially now that many celebrities are on green tea, claiming it helps them stay lean. Well, that’s no hype! Green tea is scientifically proven to promote fat loss in several ways. First, it improves metabolism. Second, it suppresses appetite. Third, green tea aids in the burning of fats!


Low-Fat Diet May Not Be the Thing

Most products that are said to be ‘low in fat’ contain artificial sweeteners that promote obesity. A diet rich in ‘healthy’ fats, such as omega-3 fatty acids and monounsaturated fats is more likely to help you burn those stubborn fats than simply focusing on the ‘low fat’ diet. Good sources of healthy fats are fish, olive oil, canola oil, and flaxseeds.


Get Your Regular Dose of Niacin

Vitamin B3, or niacin, plays a critical role in fat loss. Niacin can be found in plenty of foods, such as yeast extract spread (marmite), fish, liver, peanuts, veal, chicken, and sundried tomatoes.


Cut Back on Sugar

High consumption of sugar has been linked to obesity, diabetes and heart disease. Sugary foods are also high in calories. Just a piece of glazed donut for instance, already contains whopping 255 calories! Yes, that’s basically enough to ruin your diet.


Consume More Fibre

Your gut needs fibre to properly digest food and promote metabolism. Also, getting enough fibre makes you feel full a lot longer and keeps your energy levels high. To boost your fibre intake, eat more of whole grain pastries than white breads, brown rice, beans, fruits and vegetables.


Fill Your Diet with Herbs

Cayenne, turmeric, bitter orange, flaxseed, and ginger are just few of the many herbs that have fat-burning effects. Adding them on your daily diet can certainly cut your risk of obesity.


Have a Good Night Sleep

Quality sleep is essential in maintaining a lean body. Getting enough sleep is necessary to maintain your hormonal levels – a critical factor for fat loss. Studies reveal that people who lack sleep are more likely to become overweight than those who enjoy quality sleep.

We at Core Health are here to help you shed that excess weight. Both mentally through hypnosis and physically through personal training.

I look forward to your thoughts.

Richard Scott
Clinical Hypnotherapist
Core Health Centre

Lose weight without dieting.

October 26, 2012

If you’re having trouble fitting into that little black dress or zipping up those trousers in preparation for the festive season, here are a few tips to help those clothes fit better.




They say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and they weren’t wrong! Skipping breakfast can have a bad effect on your waistline as you’ll feel more hungry throughout the day and probably end up eating more than you normally would. Try having a bowl of wholegrain cereal topped with natural yogurt and fruit first thing to keep you going through the morning.




Alcohol, fruit juice and even smoothies can all be drinks with hidden calories, so be careful when choosing your beverages. Try drinking flavoured water and small amounts of 100% fruit juice instead.




Apart from potentially disturbing your sleep, midnight snacking won’t do your weight any favours either! Try to establish a time when you’ll stop eating each evening, that way you won’t be as tempted to raid the fridge after hours.




If you don’t fancy sweating it out at the gym then you could try taking more steps throughout the day. Get a pedometer and set yourself a target – say 10,000 steps per day – and increase your daily movements. Try walking up escalators instead of standing on them, taking the stairs instead of the lift or going for a walk at lunchtimes to meet your aim.




Protein gives you energy, so by adding a bit of extra protein to each of your meals you’re less likely to overeat. Try adding eggs, beans or lean meats to your main meals and eat a small portion of nuts in between to keep you going.




Ultimately, you are the one in control of what goes in your cupboards, so a great way to cut down on overeating or chocolate binges is to simply not have it in the house in the first place. Next time you’re at the supermarket try to resist temptation when it comes to the chocolate aisle – if it’s not in your cupboards you can’t eat it!




Portion size can be a problem when it comes to weight loss. Even if you’re eating a healthy meal you can still overdo it if your plate is piled too high. Consider buying smaller plates, that way you can only serve up what you can fit on them. Reducing your portions by 10-20% alone can result in weight loss.




Although water is no substitute for food, drinking it can help you to feel fuller for longer. The same goes for liquid foods such as soup – so try getting a few more of these into your daily diet.




Many ready-made meals and sauces can contain high levels of sugar and salt, all of which can hinder your weight loss attempts. By learning to cook healthy meals you can be in control of what goes in your food and keep on top of those calories.




Sometimes we can find ourselves eating because we’re bored, for example. A good way to beat this is to create new habits – so as soon as you start to feel bored find a distraction – go for a walk or switch on the radio – you’ll soon forget about snacking.


I hope you find these simple steps useful, if you’d like more help losing that weight, have a look at my weight management webpage here or give me a call.


Happy weight loss,

Richard Scott

Clinical Hypnotherapist

Fantastic tips on weight loss from Richard Wiseman

January 4, 2011

Well worth spreading the tips to those who may gain from them (or lose from them).

Here’s the link