8 Morning Habits That Help You Lose Weight

This article is a transcribed edited summary of a video Bob and Brad recorded in February of 2021. For the original video go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6c6fespwUMk&t=9s

Bob: Today we are going to talk about 8 morning habits that help you lose weight.

Brad: It’s that time of year, Bob.

Bob: It is that time of year. I ran outside this morning, by the way.

Brad: You did not.

Bob: I did, it was 20 something below out.

Brad: What were you chasing?

Bob: I had to run fast, LOL.

Brad: I’d have to do that just to give me some motivation. Good for you.

Bob: Let’s get started. Number one, the first thing you want to do is, and I don’t know if you do this, Brad, but I do. Weigh yourself every day.

Brad: No, I don’t. I think I do once a week.

Bob: Several studies have shown, if you weigh yourself every day, you’re going to have increased weight loss. I don’t know how you can’t because I right away see if I ate too much the day before. You can adjust right away. If you don’t, it might be like 5 days and all of a sudden, you’re 10 lbs. up already and you didn’t even realize it.

Brad: Sometimes you eat something, or you don’t void and, I’m 2 lbs. up. It doesn’t make sense. I shouldn’t be.

Bob: I don’t worry about that. If you eat a lot of carbs or pasta, it seems like my weight goes up. You retain water and salt.

Brad: Yeah. I could see that. I’ve read that before, take it every day. I can see that, but it’d be like me looking at my retirement account every day. The stocks are going up and down and it would drive me nuts.

Bob: Oh sure! Number two, drink lots of water, especially in the a.m. This increases your energy expenditure and increases the number of calories burned. I don’t know the physiology behind it.

Brad: I’m reading a book on nutrition and diet and he said exactly the same thing.

Bob: You concur?

Brad: Yeah, I concur! It was Shawn Stevenson. He has a really nice book. He does a really nice job. Anyways, it’s exactly what you said. Get up and you have to drink a good 24 ounces or so.

Bob: You should see what I drink.

Brad: I don’t have a problem doing that.

Bob: No, because I try not to drink a lot at night so that I don’t have to get up and go to the bathroom. I counted this morning. I get up and I drank 5 big glasses, like over a period of a half an hour.

Brad: Really skinny or just tall?

Bob: No, they’re big and tall.

Brad: It didn’t say ounces on them?

Bob: I probably should be able to figure it out. I bet they were like 16 ounces.

Brad: 16 times 5, that’s a lot. Then you don’t have to drink for the rest of the day.

Bob: Right. Alright, number three, this is going to sound stupid, but you have to make sure you’re getting enough sleep. Actually, if you’re pain-free, you can sleep well. That’s why we want a SleepOvation mattress. If you have sleep deprivation, it actually can cause weight gain. You’ll have decreased leptin. That’s the thing that makes you feel full. But you’re going to have increased ghrelin. This sounds like Gremlins. And they make you feel hungry.

Brad: Don’t want to have them!

Bob: So, you know, both of those things are going on at the wrong rate when you don’t get enough sleep.

Brad: Well, sleeping is your fasting time. You go 12 hours without eating and you can lose a lot of weight overnight. I was amazed, I lost two pounds once. I thought, this cannot be right.

Bob: Just from sleeping?

Brad: Yeah. But you know the breakfast. That’s why they call it breakfast because you break the fast.

Bob: Gotcha! Hey, wow. You’re sounding intelligent. Okay, number four, we’re going to talk about is going to sound like a small trick. But it actually works. If you use a smaller bowl or smaller plate or smaller cup, you do eat less. The bowl I like to eat cereal out of broke, so I started using a smaller bowl. I found I started eating less.

Brad: How do you break a bowl? You drop it?

Bob: Yeah. It cracked somehow. So, it sounds like a stupid little trick, but it really does work.

Brad: I tried it with ice cream when I used to eat more ice cream.

Bob: Then you ate two bowls.

Brad: Right. The second bowl tastes better than the first, I tell you. So, we just get rid of the ice cream.

Bob: Doesn’t always work.

Brad: No, I agree. That’s an easy, easy thing to try.

Bob: Number five, and I’m terrible at this. I’m just not that type of person. Tracking your intake.

Brad: Your calories?

Bob: Yeah. If you actually track how much you’re eating, you’re going to be surprised. You’re eating more a lot of the time than you think you are. Especially if you start weighing your food. You’re suppose to have six ounces and you look at it and think, “Yeah, that looks like six ounces to me.” Then you weigh it and it’s twelve ounces. If you’re serious about losing weight, I think that alone can really help you.

Brad: Sure. That’s kind of a personality thing too. If it doesn’t make you feel comfortable, it may not be the best for you. I can see where it would be very effective, and scientific.