Hidden Causes of Weight Gain
Sometimes,people wonder why they are gaining weight.What are the hidden causes,they are not aware of.Well,the article below will give you a brief insight into it which is quite surprising.
Extra calories may not be the only cause of weight gain. It’s no surprise that having a diet consisting of sugar, fast food, super-sized meals, alcohol and junk food will lead to weight gain, but how does one explain weight gain when you’re doing all of the right things- like watching what you eat, exercising and counting calories. There is much more to weight gain than meets the eye. You may not realize it, but there are many lifestyle factors that could be making you fat.
Hidden Ways that Causes Weight Gain
- Lack of Sleep. When your body doesn’t get the 7-9 hours of sleep it needs, you feel tired and your body can’t function as it normally does and begins storing fat. A recent study at Harvard University found that women who sleep only five hours per night are 32% more likely to gain weight than those who slept seven hours or more. Our bodies function best when we’re well rested. Being tired can lead to stress, which can then lead to consuming extra calories, which then causes one to gain weight.
- Artificial Sweeteners. Think twice about that calorie free soda you’re about to drink. You might think you’re not gaining weight from it because it has zero calories, but beware. Studies show that participants who drank more than 21 cans of diet soda with aspartame each week, had over double the risk of becoming overweight than those who did not consume sweeteners. There’s nothing good that will come out of drinking diet or regular soda.
- Stress. So many of us are guilty of turning to food to help relieve stress. Food is a temporary fix, but long-term it doesn’t work. Whether it’s at work or home life, you can easily be setting yourself up for weight gain. When stressed, our bodies slow down and store more energy, anticipating hard times ahead. You’re basically masking the problem by self-medicating with food. Starchy foods like potatoes, pasta and bread tend to be favorites that temporarily help relieve stress and make you feel better but can cause inflammation, as well as extra unwanted calories.
- Medications.Some medications might be necessary to treat certain conditions, but with that may also come side effects that cause you to gain weight. Anti-depressants have been shown to decrease your metabolic rate and cause hormonal shifts in the body, which can lead to increased hunger. Some migraine relievers, steroids, birth control pills and hormone replacement therapies may also cause weight gain. If you’ve gained more than five pounds in one month without changing your diet and lifestyle, check your medicine cabinet.
- Lifestyle and Our Environment. The way we live our daily lives can play a huge part in weight gain. There are so many factors beyond our control that can contribute to it. For one, research has shown that adolescents who were breastfed as babies for three months or longer are less likely to be obese. However, super-sizing meals, having too many high calorie foods in our diet, skipping meals, consuming high-fructose corn syrup, going out to eat with friends who are overeaters, drinking too many alcoholic beverages and eating too fast, are just some of the common everyday things we do have control over that are getting us fat and in trouble. Set aside some time and get some sleep, clean out your pantry, read prescription labels and know their side effects and clean up your environment. These simple and effective suggestions just might help you get to the ideal weight you want and deserve.
Hormones in the body work together to regulate weight gain and weight loss. Imbalances in levels of insulin, melatonin, thyroid hormone, cortisol, adrenaline, DHEA, estrogen, and/or testosterone can promote weight gain. Weight gain, or more specifically fat accumulation, also promotes hormone imbalances. Because adipose cells convert testosterone to estrogen, excess body fat can raise estrogen levels in both men and women. If you have a known or suspected hormonal imbalance, address it with your doctor.
Chemicals in the Environment
Chemicals in the environment can cause hormone imbalances that trigger fat accumulation and weight gain. These “endocrine disruptors” include pesticides, added hormones, bisphenyl-A, phthalates, and parabens. They’re found in food, water, plastics, and personal products.
To reduce your exposure to these chemicals, eat organic whenever you can. Avoid all meat, eggs, and dairy products from animals that were exposed to pesticides, herbicides, or hormones. Avoid eating food from cans unless they’re BPA-free and never heat or store foods or beverages in plastic containers. Use personal products free of phthalates and parabens (search the Skin Deep Cosmetics Database to find the safest options: www.ewg.org/skindeep). And at least once or twice each year, undertake a detoxification program prescribed by your naturopathic doctor and tailored to meet your individual needs and goals.
During times of physical and psychological stress, our adrenal glands increase their production of stress hormones like cortisol. Chronic, unmanaged stress and high levels of cortisol deplete serotonin, raise blood sugar and insulin levels, trigger food cravings, increase fat accumulation, and promote weight gain.
To prevent stress,manage it effectively. There are several strategies, from exercise and deep breathing to yoga and meditation. Pick what works best for you and practice it regularly.