Everything happens for a reason, whether it is a failure or a weight gain.
But have you ever wondered why we gain a pound? Here are a few contributing factors:
This is number one. Everything we take in excess is dangerous. More calorie consumption could mean higher risks of obesity.
For men, the recommended daily calorie intake is around 2,500 and 2,000 for women. But what is surprising is that an average American consumes more than the required calorie intake.
Generally, Americans have a busy schedule and do not have enough time to prepare their food. It is no wonder that 1 in 3 adults eat fast food, according to the National Center for Health Statistics report.
A low-carb diet is advisable. Oats, Greek yogurt, soup, berries, eggs, chia seeds, fish, potatoes, legumes, and watermelon are nutrient-packed and low in carbohydrates.
Physically Inactive Lifestyle
You spend the whole day in front of the computer. You work in the office for more than eight hours a day. It is not surprising you gained extra pounds within a short period.
Studies have shown that a physically inactive lifestyle is another factor that contributes to obesity. But that does not mean you will devote most of your time lifting bulky fitness equipment in the gym. Cycling, climbing stairs, doing the chores, and walking are more than enough.
Physical activity can keep our insulin level stable, reducing the risks of drastic weight gain.
Playing your favorite video games on your computer is fun. But staying active makes life even more exciting.
Lack of Quality Sleep
According to the sleep health organization, around 11% of average adult Americans report insufficient sleep every night. It is estimated that approximately 70 million people in the US, regardless of socioeconomic classes, suffer from sleep-related problems.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say that a person aged 18 to 60 years needs at least 7 hours of sleep.
Research has shown that we produce more ghrelin when we are sleep deprived. That means we crave our favorite midnight snack more often than normal. Also, leptin declines. It is the hormone that tells us to stop eating.
Of course, you want to improve your sleeping patterns. I’d suggest you avoid caffeine in the afternoon as it will make you active during bedtime. Plus, watch what you eat. Just have a light meal.
On one sultry and tiring day, it is refreshing to drink some cold beverages. But a recent study published in the World Journal of Gastroenterology revealed that too much intake of drinks rich in liquid fructose might impede lipid energy metabolism, resulting in non-alcoholic fatty liver, and cause metabolic syndrome. You can read about various liver functions and how they might affect your overall health on sites like LifeNet Health.
Water and herbal teas are the number one alternative. For water, add some ice cubes to make it more refreshing. For herbal teas, there are multiple options to choose from, including chamomile, peppermint, ginger, hibiscus, echinacea, rooibos, sage, lemon balm, rosehip, and passionflower.
The ginger and peppermint teas are my favorites. You should give them a try soon.
A review of different studies in the 2015 Journal Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism found some connections between medications and weight.
They revealed that today’s medicines could lead to drastic weight gain. These include antidepressants, atypical antipsychotics, and glucocorticoids.
Other medications may have the opposite effect. Some patients may lose weight drastically. If that is the case, do not hesitate to contact an experienced and certified health professional as soon as possible.
Apart from weight gain, some medications’ side effects are constipation, nausea, dermatitis, insomnia, dizziness, diarrhea, headache, and dry mouth.
Bring Back Your Sexy and Fit Physique Today
Gaining extra kilos is easy. Shedding pounds is more challenging. Our lifestyle is the main factor that we have to modify. Salty, processed, and oily foods are addicting, from burgers, chips to French fries. They are easy to prepare.
But let’s be honest. Every time we eat fast foods, our lifespan shortens. Apart from obesity, we are more prone to chronic diseases, including certain cancers, type 2 diabetes, and cardiovascular complications. It is always best to eat lots of fruits and vegetables. Also, we need to hit the gym, stay hydrated, and have a quality night’s sleep.