What’s Your Gut Telling You?

September 13, 2012 by  
Filed under Weight Loss Tips

While it is important to form a diet plan and set goals for yourself, sometimes you also need to listen to cues from your body.  Our body sends subtle hints to let us know when we are lacking or getting too much of something.  As a result, it is important to pay attention to these signals and adjust our lifestyle accordingly.

People are often afraid to listen to their bodies in terms of dieting because they fear it will cause them to make the wrong choices.  However, by recognizing our body cues, it can actually help us make healthier food choices.  For example, when you eat a significant amount of simple carbohydrates such as candy, chips or soft drinks, your body often feels hungry despite the amount of calories you just consumed.  This response is not your body telling you to eat more of these foods.  In fact, your body is craving protein and complex carbohydrates to keep it satiated.

We can benefit from listening to similar cues when using exercise to lose weight.  Many people attempt to push themselves too hard when they exercise or they may exercise too frequently.  Over training is often the result.  Your body may begin to feel achy or you may catch colds easier.  These symptoms can cause a significant setback in your weight loss goals.  Rest is often just as important as exercise and your body is telling you that.

By understanding and listening to these cues, you can have a more effective diet and exercise plan while speeding up your weight loss.  Listen to your gut and start losing weight today.

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