November 30 2017
Runners may be ahead of the impulse control game, according to a new study.
There are so many ways to slim down and stay healthy that don’t involve counting calories. Plus, being obsessed with every snack and meal will only prohibit weight loss, not to mention make your life that much more stressful. Eating should be enjoyable, especially after a run—so here are some alternatives to help you lose weight while still enjoying your food.
How many times have you passed on a lunch or dinner invitation because you were too busy or had a long run in the morning? When was the last time you grabbed a group and went to the movies? Have you heard your best friend’s voice in a while or do you communicate solely via text? Accept that happy hour invitation, invite a friend to the movies and dial your bestie’s number to instantly feel more connected, less stressed and supported by your circle of friends and family.
One published study on the effects of social relationships and health found that strong social connections lead to a 50 percent increased chance of longevity. “Social connection strengthens our immune system, helps us recover from disease faster, and may even lengthen our life. People who feel more connected to others have lower rates of anxiety and depression,” researchers claim.
It’s one of the oldest recommendations for a reason: it works. Accountability goes a long way toward deciding what to put into your body. Also, if you start tracking not only what you’re eating but when you’re eating and what kinds of foods, you may find patterns you can either encourage or avoid in the future.
You can be as detailed or vague as you like, but recognizing your personal food patterns can go a long way toward weight loss.
It should be so simple, but if you’re running a household, have a full time job and are trying to train for a race, you know that sleep is often first to be sacrificed. However, when it comes to weight loss, sleep is incredibly important.
According to a study published in the journal Appetite, those who prioritize getting a full night’s sleep eat less than those who are sleep deprived. This is primarily because the tired brain tends to crave more high-calorie foods. Sleep on that!
Several scientific studies have documented the direct correlations between stress and weight gain, like the one published in The U.S. National Library of Medicine Journal. The study focusing on American adults was done over a nine-year period and showed that “psychosocial stress was associated with greater weight gain among both men and women with higher baseline body mass indexes if they experienced job-related demands, had difficulty paying bills, or had depression or generalized anxiety disorder.”
If these stressors sound familiar, there’s a reason. Life and stress often go hand in hand, but how you react to the stress or even plan for it can make all the difference. Here are a few tips for how to manage your stress levels better:
Meditating doesn’t have to involve a lot of time or any kind of harp music and incense—it can be done in as little as three minutes a day. Not only has a meditation practice been linked to weight loss: it can also make you a better runner.
Here are some of our favorite guided meditation apps: