People gain weight when they regularly consume more calories while using less through physical activities like exercise or through the normal body functions such as breathing and hear beat. This is as a result of daily lifestyle habits which lead people to unknowingly consume more than their bodies can use. Funny enough, some of these habits are not among the usual suspects.
To avoid gaining weight, one simply needs to consume fewer calories while burning more of them through physical activities. However, this is easier said than done since most of our modern day lifestyles are modeled in a way that, more often than not, we find ourselves engaged in less and less physical activity but always eating something. A big number of not only adults but also children are alarmingly becoming obese.
Ever wondered why some people who seem very careful about their diets still end up gaining weight? Well it’s all in the details. For instance, many of us are quickly attracted to foods with a “low fat” label when shopping for food stuffs. What many people don’t know is that some of these low fat foods have high levels of sugar! When we eat such foods we end up pumping more calories into our bodies and in the process become a weight gainer, since high sugar levels in food means high levels of calories too.
Therefore, it is always prudent to look beyond the “low fat” labels and read about the calories and overall energy content since some foods may have reduced fat levels but still retain the same level of calories or even more than before the fat reduction. Another unseen culprit that is rapidly making people easily gain weight is STRESS. With the world becoming more and more competitive everyday, a big number of people are finding themselves under pressure to deliver on obligations from both family and the work place.
When many of us are stressed, we find ourselves reaching for something sugary. If this goes on for some time, you will never know why you are a weight gainer. To avoid such bad stress induced eating habits, people need to train themselves to eat low calorie snacks like fruits and vegetables or popcorn and rice cakes. It is also advisable to find alternative ways of dealing with stress without involving food in the picture. Venting it out in the gym can be a very good alternative.
Some of the other things in modern lifestyles that that lead to gaining unnecessary weight include too much watching of tv. With the tv programs becoming more innovative by the day, many of us are becoming more and more hooked to the tv than we care to admit. Watching tv makes people inactive for hours and to make it worse, many find themselves snacking on high calorie food like crisps or chocolate while at it!
To avoid getting trapped in such a habit, try engaging yourself in some exercise while watching TV and train yourself not to be eating while watching your favorite programs; people tend to over-eat during such times by doing it absent minded. Above all try to spend as little time as possible in front of the TV.
Some of the prescription drugs that we use at home can be unseen causes of weight gain as one of their side effects. These drugs include steroids and insulin. The best thing to do in such circumstances is to seek advice from the doctor while maintaining a balanced diet. However, nobody should stop prescribed medication because of weight issues unless advised by their physician.
Experts have discovered that lack of enough sleep is a big cause of weight gain. With the high competition in the market place companies have become more demanding on their employees to produce results. As a result of struggling to beat deadlines, more and more people are sleeping less, gaining weight in the process. Insomnia, which is lack of enough sleep can end up becoming counter productive as people suffering from it can never perform to the best of their abilities.
Overeating is not considered as one of the best manners, however in some instances people feel obligated to finish the food portion they are served so as not to appear rude. This becomes a habit that leads some people to sweep everything that is put on their plate. It is good to learn how to say” No. Thank you” and stick to your guns. People will learn to respect your stand. After all it is not a crime to leave some food on your plate!