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Entries in psychology and weight loss (2)

Sunday
Jan042015

7 Psychological Factors That Influence Weight Loss 

What are the most powerful questions that will determine your weight loss journey - and even outcome?

How many meals should I eat each day? What should be my macronutrient balance? What will I do for movement? How much cardio should I do? What should my resistance training routine look like?

As important as all of these issues are, I'd suggest our mindset has as much influence over our outcomes as logistical choices often do.

See which seven psychological factors I believe commonly figure into weight loss.

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Saturday
Jun142014

Weight Loss Dilemma: What to Do When You’re Still Hungry

Cravings at odd times, wanting additional helpings, feeling like we could eat again shortly after a full meal - they're all examples of how hunger can throw us for a loop on a weight loss journey. It's a common issue as people transition to a healthy diet, particularly when they're looking to lose body fat. Oftentimes in these cases, we need to adjust our food intake to include more filling but healthy foods and in some cases more calories overall. (Ever wonder why those frozen "weight loss friendly" meals leave you starving half an hour later?) Still, the reasons behind our hunger can be complex. We might be physically hungry, or we may simply be "expecting" hunger based on past eating routines. As we adapt our diets, we also adapt our expectations and approaches to eating. We gradually undo psychological hunger cues and become more attuned to the genuine physiological signals that tell us we need more fuel for our day. While everyone's metabolism differs and personal medical conditions or even stages of weight loss can influence how we should handle hunger, many commonalities exist. Read on for strategies you can use to address hunger issues!

 

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