7 ‘Bad’ Habits That Can Actually Help You Lose Weight

Did you know that losing weight does not mean you have to stop enjoying and force yourself on strict diets and all? So the basic belief is that to achieve your weight-loss goals is equivalent to ‘you should not eat this or that’, but when you make weight loss too strict, it can easily backfire too.

Sometimes indulging in these ‘vices’ may in fact do you good in your weight-loss journey:

Wine O’Clock

Research has shown that drinking two glasses of red wine helps in weight loss. A healthy ingredient (polyphenol) in wine — resveratrol is able to convert white fat (large cells that store energy and expand as we gain weight) into “beige fat” that are easier for our bodies to burn off. Through this, the polyphenol suppresses your appetite and also protects our skin from free radical damage.

Spread the Fat

Did you know that real butter is a great source of fatty acids that can support weight loss? Butyrate, an acid that naturally occurs in butter improves dieters’ function of mitochondria — the “batteries” in your cells that slows down your aging process, improving overall health and vitality. Another fatty acid found in butter — conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) is commonly sold as a fat-burning supplement commercially.

However, you may want to refrain from lower-calorie margarines and butter that are made from trans fat as it is linked to weight gain and gut fat.

Cool Your Pasta

Put your pasta in the fridge first and you can actually burn calories while eating it! The drop in temperature converts the carbs into “resistant starch”, which forces your body to work extra harder to digest it. The structure of cold pasta is very similar to lentils, peas, and oatmeal which can be easily passed through the small intestine intact, making you feel fuller longer. 

Embrace the Indulgence

A study has found that overweight dieters who consumed a large breakfast that even included a dessert lost 15 pounds over 16 weeks, compared to those who ate smaller, no-dessert breakfast who gained an average of 24 pounds over the same period. It has been concluded that it is because when dieters are given permission to enjoy their favourite food, it suppresses their tendency to overeat.

You Don’t Lose When You Hit Snooze

Having a good quality sleep is critical for your weight-loss journey. Despite how many calories you avoided or how many miles you ran, you won’t be able to achieve your goals if you are not getting enough sleep. When you don’t get enough winks, it is proven that you are more likely to munch on junk food to beat the restlessness. Research has shown that people who maintain a regular sleep routine have lower body fat levels than those with irregular sleep hours.

More Chocolates

Research from U.C. San Diego reported that adults who eat chocolates regularly are actually thinner than those who eat less often, regardless of exercise or calorie intake. Dark chocolates contain phytonutrients ‘flavonoids’, which act as antioxidants (more than green tea or red wine) and may play a role in cancer prevention, heart health, and even weight loss. Look for dark chocolates with at least 74% cocoa solids for tummy-slimming properties!

Load Up On Sun

Increase your intake of vitamin D by soaking some rays before noon! Sunshine can help to slim us down by triggering the production of vitamin D in our body. One study found people who are exposed to 20 minutes of sunlight in the morning had lower body mass index (BMI) than those who expose themselves later in the day. 

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