5 Surprising Things That Can Affect Your Weight, Besides Diet And Exercise

5 Surprising Things That Can Affect Your Weight, Besides Diet And Exercise

Lifestyle Wellness
By Sophie Hong on 20 Dec 2021
Senior Editor

If you’ve ever wondered why you can’t seem to reach your weight goals despite sticking to the recommended diet and exercise, well, you might want to read on. Yes, successful weight management is largely affected by your food intake and level of activity, but there are also other factors at play here. 

Besides your diet and workout plan, here are 5 surprising things that might be affecting your weight!

#1 Not drinking enough water

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Turns out, being dehydrated can actually cause you to gain weight in two ways. One, your body ends up retaining water, resulting in bloatedness. Two, our bodies often confuse thirst for hunger, which increases our likelihood of snacking more. 

#2 Where you live and work

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What has your address and workplace got to do with your weight? Well think about it: if you live near a variety of food options or a well-stocked grocery store, you’re less likely to get fast food delivered whenever hunger pangs strike. The same goes for your workplace - if there aren’t many food stalls within walking distance, the chances of you snacking or having instant food for lunch goes up. 

#3 Who you spend time with

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If you’re trying to stick to a certain diet, it can make socialising a little difficult if your circle of friends are huge foodies. Likewise, you are also more likely to stick to your workout plan and stay motivated if you and your friends sign up for spin or yoga classes together. So if you’re trying to work on your health, why not get your closest group of friends in on it as well? 

#4 The number of hours you sleep

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Research has shown that insufficient sleep is often associated with negative changes in metabolism. Simply put, the lack of sleep seems to increase levels of hunger and appetite, presumably due to the drop in hormones regulating hunger. So if you’re working out a weight management plan, don’t forget to ensure that you get enough sleep! 

#5 Your stress levels

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When you’re stressed, your body releases a hormone called cortisol, which slows down your metabolism and makes you crave sugar. Besides that, leading a stressful life can also cause you to form unhealthy habits, such as not drinking enough water or getting sufficient sleep and exercise. 

Eu Yan Sang’s Know-Your-Body: Weight Management With Scraping (Gua Sha)

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If you’ve been struggling with weight management, it might be tempting to turn to slimming products or medication. But before that, you might want to consider a holistic approach first. Eu Yan Sang TCM Clinic has a weight management package that helps to promote weight loss naturally with techniques used in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). 

Sign up for the Know-Your-Body Programme: Weight Management TCM Package ($70 nett) if you want to learn more about how gua sha and auriculotherapy (ear seeds placed on certain pressure points in your ears for therapeutic purposes) can help you with your weight goals. 

The package includes: 

  • 1 x scraping board (gua sha)
  • 10 x auriculotherapy ear seeds
  • 1 x online gua sha review session with TCM physician 
  • 1 x in-clinic consultation with TCM physician 

During your in-clinic consultation, you will be assessed by a physician from Eu Yan Sang TCM Clinic. They will then help you to work out a weight management plan that best suits your body type and lifestyle, so that you can manage your weight effectively and most importantly, safely. 

Sign up for Eu Yan Sang TCM Clinic’s Know Your Body: Weight Management TCM Package here.

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