In an ideal world, we would be able to count and lose more than or the same amount of calorie we gain on a daily basis. It would be even more perfect if we could choose specific areas of our body to get rid of excess weight such as our thighs, midsection, arms etc. As each and every one of us has a set of weight loss goals, some desire for slimmer waist-lines while others long for toned abs etc. However, we don’t live in a dream world where we have any say in areas of our body that either loses or gains weight.
With longer working hours and higher expectations at work, this builds unnecessary stress on the body causing us to eat, have disrupted sleep patterns, insufficient physical activity etc. Over a period of time, this poor lifestyle habit will lead to unintentional weight gain with excess fat sitting on all parts of our body. With excessive weight gain, this leads to bulging stomachs when one lacks a proper diet, exercise program and may develop into further medical issues such as heart diseases.
Though there are plenty of fad diets, expert exercise tips online as well as various gyms that have sprung up across the town with celebrity endorsements, but why are people still struggling to cope with successful weight loss goals? In this article, we will be sharing some causes of weight gain.
Why Do People Gain Weight?
The foods we consume contain calories, which are units of energy all living beings require to maintain daily health and life. These calories are essentially fuel which contains protein, carbohydrates, and fat that the body metabolizes to create the necessary energy for it to keep it going. Calories that are stored and are fuel for the body. When there are excess amounts of calories, it will turn into fat reserves for the body to burn and use up when food is scarce thereby leaving the body to look for alternative sources of fuel.
The reason people gain weight and get fat is due to eating calories consistently thus exceeding the body’s daily required demands. Besides consuming more calories than the body requires, many factors also contribute to an individual’s calorie going beyond their control such as the metabolism which determines the rate at which energy the body burns (e.g. genes, environment, culture).
Causes Of Weight Gain
1. Diet And Eating Habits
Most of us fall victim to poor diet and eating habits. While the calories in our body are stored or lost as fat is referred to as calories consumed minus calories burned, our human physiology weight gain or loss is slightly more complicated. Food that we consumed in our bodies do not merely constitute to calories and nutrition, it also represents as data as the kind of food we consume indicates to our body the environment it is in and our body responds to the way it handles and stores accordingly. Similarly, such body changes also have an effect on our appetites as it stimulates or suppresses, and finally either slows or speeds up your metabolism. Therefore, apart from the number of calories, the type of food an individual eats also has an impact on their weight. Our eating patterns also result in us gaining weight, whereby late-night meals just before bedtime have been closely associated with obesity and sleep disturbances, whereas regular breakfast is believed to be able to reduce the risk of weight gain. Another important point to take note of is the way our bodies manage calorie changes where there is a higher likelihood of gaining weight when an individual age compared to their younger days. For individuals who want to lose the unintentional weight gained, consider striking the right calorie balance to achieve successful weight loss.
2. Insufficient Physical Activity
When an individual spends most of his/her time in a sedentary position, this will generally lead to weight gain. Furthermore, sedentary behavior extends to your daily usage of electronic and social media which may increase the likelihood of developing health issues such as diabetes, obesity and more. With sufficient and regular exercise, an individual burns more calories as well as increases his/her metabolism.
3. Sleep Deprivation
For individuals who do not get enough sleep, it is high time for you to make changes to your lifestyle. By getting sufficient rest, this can lead to successful weight loss. The reason is that sleep deprivation stimulates and increases appetite-suppressing hormone leptin and the appetite-stimulating hormone, ghrelin. Therefore, we become hungrier and tend to eat more when we experience a deprivation of sleep. To successfully lose weight, consider getting at least 7 hours of rest.
4. Smoking Cessation
While ceasing to smoke has plenty of health benefits, it may contribute to your weight gain. Reason for this is due to a habit of putting things into your mouth in the replacement of smoking. Furthermore, since you are able to smell and taste food better, foods that are sweet and sugary become more attractive. Another reason is that cigarettes contain nicotine which increases metabolic rate and your metabolic decreases when you cease smoking. If you intend to stop smoking and have goals to lose weight, consider adding dietary and exercise programs to prevent weight gain.