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What affects your weight?

Happy Almost Friday!  I thought it appropriate to unveil what I’ve learned about what affects weight while I’m in gym mode and can say that I take my own advice.  There are so many factors to take into account that affect one’s weight.  I could write forever on it but I thought I’d keep it short and sweet, with of course links to do more research if you wish 🙂

Eating Healthy Foods: The goal here is to eat everything in moderation.  I’ve read in many places that fruits and vegetables should be the larger portions of what you are eating.  Some say stay away from meats, while others say if you eat meat make sure its lean. Dairy should also be limited. (Skinny Bitch goes into greater detail) Also do a little research as to where your food comes from as not all foods are made equally.
Exercise: Across the board, I’ve read that exercise is a MUST. A minimum of 30 minutes a day of an activity that brings your heart rate up.  It can also be broken up into chunks throughout the day if you don’t have one 30 minute chunk of time to dedicate to YOURSELF.
Stress:  Stress has a negative affect on your weight.  If you eat to de-stress than you may gain weight.  The opposite can also happen if you do not eat properly…dropping too much weight is unhealthy.  Find healthy ways to de-stress, exercise works wonders 🙂
Sleep:  Interrupted sleep and lack of enough hours of sleep can affect weight…get the why’s here:
Salt: Higher intake of salt causes the body to retain water.  Always take a look at the ingredients and check out the sodium count.
 Alcohol:  Alcohol should be consumed in moderation, example a glass of wine for women and two glass for men (I think this should be the other way around but I don’t write this stuff lol) Some alcoholic beverages are HIGH in calories, which can lead to weight gain.
There are a lot of things as you can see that affect your weight, either positively or negatively.  Jump start a healthy weight by eating right and exercising.  Take a look at the links below, Happy Reading 🙂
Until then
Skinny Bitch
Webmd – Healthy Weight
 The Top 10 Steps to De-Stress 
How Cold Weather Affects Your Weight