Losing weight does not mean starving yourself throughout the day. The right way to lose weight is by eating a balanced diet, which means - including the right amount of proteins, carbohydrates, and fats in your meals. But, food is not the only determining factor that affects weight loss or gain.

1. Do you often skip breakfast?

Know this - breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Skipping breakfast leaves you feeling hungry throughout the day and you tend to overeat later, during lunch or dinner. Try having a protein-packed breakfast since it leaves you feeling full and boosts energy.

2. Do you oversleep?

Research studies show that people who oversleep (9-10 hours a night) are more likely to put on weight than those who sleep between 7-8 hours. So, fight off your urge to sleep more and engage yourself in physical activities like - swimming, cycling, and skating. If you tend to feel tired all the time and can't get over your habit of oversleeping, there could be an underlying health risk so, visit your doctor at once.

3. Do you exercise enough?

Do you exercise enough?

You can't expect to lose weight without working out. Long working hours may leave you with lesser time for physical activities but, there's no shortcut for weight loss. Regular exercising is mandatory for overall health and wellness.

4. Are you stressed?

Work stress naturally leaves lesser time for physical activities which over time, leads to weight gain. Elevated levels of the stress hormone, cortisol, is a factor that results in overeating. Higher stress levels lead to increased urges for 'comfort food' and that certainly is bad news for your ongoing diet plan.

5. Are you a regular midnight snacker or a late eater?

Yes, you may love midnight snacking but, if you want to lose weight - steer clear off it. Not only does midnight snacking leave you feeling lethargic, it also puts strain on your digestive system. You should also avoid late night meals as it may become difficult for your body to burn fat because of your increased blood sugar and body temperature. It is advisable to eat dinner at least 3 hours before you go to bed.

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