While it looks easy enough on paper, weight loss isn't always a walk in the park. From office donuts to birthday dinners, there are a million roadblocks stopping us from shedding the pounds. Beyond the occasional afternoon cookie and missed workout, here are the less noticeable things that can get in your way — plus solutions for getting past them.More
Just because your BFF lost 15 pounds on the latest fad diet doesn't mean you will, too. In a November 2015 study, Israeli researchers found that even though the 800 participants followed the exact same diet, they processed the nutrients in different ways and had widely varying blood-sugar levels.
Solution? Talk to your doctor or a dietitian to come up with a personalized plan that will work best for you.
People who don't stick to a regular sleep schedule have larger waistlines and higher BMIs than those who go to sleep and wake up around the same time every day, says a November 2015 study. Your body and health function best when your sleep pattern aligns with your natural circadian rhythm — so much so that the link holds true even if you're just staying up and sleeping in later on the weekends.
Solution? Stick to a bedtime and wake-up schedule; the consistency over time will help you fall asleep faster and sleep more restfully.