Get plenty of sleep
You may have heard that chronically sleep-deprived people are more likely to be overweight. That’s because we all produce a hormone called ghrelin, which signals your body when it’s time to eat. Sleep-deprived people make more ghrelin, making you feel hungry even if you don’t need to eat. “When I am well-rested, I have energy to hit the gym, work more efficiently, and battle cravings for sweets or junk food,” says registered nurse and certified clinical sleep educator Terry Cralle.
Pageant queen, Raquel Riley Thomas, swears by her Fitbit. “I track my steps to make sure I get at least 10,000 steps every day,” she says. “This changes how I interact with the world. Instead of taking the elevator, I take the stairs, and I will clean my house trying to get extra steps in. I am excited when I get 10,000 steps, and physically my body is getting in better shape. It’s a win for all!”
Watch your stress levels
Struggling with belly fat? Stress could be to blame, says Sai Aparajitha Gopalakrishnan, a health coach who helps women stop dieting. “Stress actually triggers the production of cortisol, which increases blood sugar,” she says. “An increase in blood sugar over a long time causes fat to be stored in our belly, one of the most problematic areas for women. When you learn to deal with stress better, you don’t need diets to get rid of our stubborn fat.”