It’s now the beginning of January and it’s that time of year when everyone seems to be obsessed with losing weight. Just have a look at those celebrity magazines and you’ll see articles on “how I lost x amount of weight.” It all seems very impressive but it’s important that you shouldn’t overlook the basic facts.

Sleep well – There’s a lot of evidence to show that when you don’t sleep properly you’ll put on weight. One part of this could be tiredness. When you’ve been feeling deprived of sleep, do you want to eat healthy and exercise? No, probably not. Instead you’ll want to eat foods that will give you a pick up in energy and you’ll want to laze about doing not much at all.

According to a study, sleep restriction results in:

  • decreased glucose tolerance
  • decreased insulin sensitivity
  • increased evening concentrations of cortical
  • decreased levels of leptin
  • increased hunger and appetite

Drink plenty of water – staying hydrated is so important, especially if you’re in an environment where there’s air conditioning. Water is great for your body on so many levels as it help with your skin, prevents headaches and is said to help with weight loss. One of the reasons for this is because it makes you feel full. The more full you feel the less you’ll eat and therefore the easier it will be to lose weight.

Be careful of weight loss pills – although there are some that can help you, you need to have realistic ideas on what they’ll do for you. There’s not a single pill on the market that will magically turn you into Kate Moss or Brad Pitt. Although, according to Diet Mega Site, Meratol pills have become very popular and are safe.

Be patient – when you keep reading about people who’ve lost weight incredibly fast it’s very easy to feel jealous and try to do this same. But please be patient for weight loss to occur because so often the faster you lose weight the easier it is to put weight back on later. If you’ve put on weight over a period of years, it could take you that long to lose all the weight you gained.