Want to lose weight? Try listening to music! Music is a very good tool to use in an effort to lose weight. Dubious? Read on…
“Music can lift you up and put a smile on your face. Or alternatively, it can bring you down and reduce you to tears. Music is powerful and fortunately, you can use it to help with your weight loss.“–streetdirectory.com
Music is powerful and fortunately you can use it to help with your weight loss. The interesting thing about music is that the same track or song can induce different emotions in different people, e.g.
If you met the love of your life during a particular song, then you probably enjoy it and feel happy when you hear it played on the radio. Another person may have been cruelly dumped by their boyfriend during that same song, played at the same time somewhere else in the world, chances are this song brings back all that pain and hurt the breakup caused.
Music not only generates positive emotions but it can also help to motivate you. Music can bring out the best in all of us, it makes you feel good and encourages us to move or dance.
Here are 5 ways music can help you lose weight:
1. Choose your favourite music album and as soon as you wake up in the morning put it on. Listen to it as you have breakfast and get ready for your day. It will put a spring in your step and help you to be positive, you will feel capable of anything and that feel good feeling will carry you through the day. Being positive and happy makes you much more motivated and you will find sticking to your diet easier.
2. Music can improve your motivation to exercise. Studies have shown music helps people run faster, and work harder in many exercise scenarios.
3. Put music in your car. Listening to the radio can help to relax you after a hard days work. If you get home stressed out and grumpy, you are much more likely to go to the cupboard and overeat. Play music in the car, as loud as you like and have a good I’m sing song. Putting all your frustrated energy into singing will help you feel relaxed and give your mood a much needed boost. You will get home refreshed and energetic rather than exhausted and feeling down.
4. If in the evening you are bored watching television you will find yourself going to the cupboard to snack on foods. This is a really bad time for all dieters. Turn off the television and put some music on, do your household chores, take the dog for a walk, play games with your children or invite friends over for coffee. Not only are you not over-eating but you are also spending quality time with your family or friends.
5. Whether the following benefit applies with every type of music, I’m not entirely sure. However a study that was performed by the National Library of Medicine showed that higher quality of sleep was proven for those who regularly listen to classical music. This study was performed on college students who suffer with Insomnia. “Now what has this to do with losing weight” you may well ask? Well, another study done by Sleep Station evidenced that a lack of sleep can make you gain weight, e.g.
Do you ever wake up after a sleepless night and find yourself saying any of the following:
- “I’m tired, so I don’t feel like exercising. Another day maybe…”
- “I’m so tired. I need coffee and biscuits to give me some energy.”
- “That list of things I wanted to get done today? It can wait. I need a sofa day…”
- “I think I’ll treat myself to some nice comfort food to help me get through this tired old day.”
Do any of these sound familiar? Take any of the above statements and it becomes obvious how they could impact your weight over time.
When we’re sleep-deprived, we’re less motivated to exercise and get things done. We make unhealthy food choices and we’re more likely to pick sugary or fatty foods over healthier options.
A recent clinical trial found in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition showed that when people were sleep-deprived, they:
- ate significantly more calories
- had a preference for fatty foods
- their energy expenditure did not change
Participants ate, on average, 300 extra calories per day when sleep-deprived and most of this extra intake was accounted for by fats. (The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition).
Another study which can be found in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition described how data collated from more than 170 participants subjected to partial sleep-deprivation showed that just a single night of inadequate sleep led to eating, on average, an extra 385 calories the next day.
Yet, while participants took in extra calories when sleep-deprived, they did not expend any extra energy. When this pattern continues for several days, the net result is weight gain. In fact, taking in as little as 200 extra calories a day can lead to meaningful weight gain.
To put this in perspective, one pound of fat is the equivalent of 3,500 calories. So fewer than 10 days of sleep-deprivation could lead to you gaining one pound of weight if you eat in a way that a sleep-deprived person would. That’s a potential gain of just under 3 stone per year! Yet, while participants took in extra calories when sleep-deprived, they did not expend any extra energy. When this pattern continues for several days, the net result is weight gain. In fact, taking in as little as 200 extra calories a day can lead to meaningful weight gain. (Al Khatib H, Harding S, Darzi J, Pot G. The effects of partial sleep deprivation on energy balance p-European Journal of Clinical Nutrition).
Startling statistics, but if like mentioned afore, music can help us to sleep better, I don’t know about you, but I’m digging out all my favourite music tracks and going for a walk with my Walkman in the morning!
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