Hidden Factors of Weight Gain

September 25, 2012 Comments Off

Weight gain is becoming more and more of an irresolvable issue for Americans these days. People constantly complain about not being able to lose weight even though they’re following they’re strict diet regimes or the instructions provided to them by their professional and personal trainers.

The reasons are simple yet hidden, surrounding us in our everyday life. At work, home, school etc. What you need to do is have close look at these factors and determine from where all your weight gain is coming from and how it’s affecting your daily chores.

Sleep Deprivation
Staying up at late nights and not getting enough sleep is one of the main reasons why your weight could be increasing despite your efforts for reducing it. Naturally, if you’re up in late hours of the night, you might feel like having one or two snacks to keep yourself awake or maybe just to curb that unexpected midnight hunger attack.

In any case, staying up late at night leaves chemical changes in your body which could lead to a high metabolism making you feel hungry on a more frequent level than usual. Not to mention the amount of calories that you carelessly chew away during these hunger sessions.

High Levels of Stress
A low level of good stress, commonly known as eustress, can be good for the health bringing in positive anxiety and competitiveness. But stress in its bad form, usually referred to as distress, can become an active contributor towards weight gain. Stress in either form, releases a hormone known as Cortisol.

When a person is stressed, more Cortisol is released into the body causing a rise in appetite. This appetite rise then leads to the consumption of comfort food- which is basically loaded with calories and fats. Hence, more stress means more calories and ultimately, more weight gain.

Anti-depressants or muscle relaxants tend to be soothing. They leave you relaxed, happy and with a huge appetite. As people with depression tend to walk away from food stuff, one of the functions of these drugs is also to increase the appetite of the patient.

Anti-depressants leave you hungrier than usual and the hunger keeps coming back again and again acting as a side effect of the medication. If these drugs are making you gain weight, you should consult your doctor for an alternate treatment or medication that doesn’t make you feel hungry all the time.

Nicotine Issues
People who try to quit smoking are more likely to gain weight in the initial stages of quitting with gaining ten pounds at the least. As smoking makes you less hungry, its quitting reverses the effect and renders you even hungrier than usual. This may be due to the reduced metabolism that was high with nicotine around.  The taste buds of a new quitter start to sense food better and things may seem tastier than ever before for the ex-smoker, evidently leading to over consumption of food.

People who have recently quit smoking also try to look for desperate alternatives like alcohol and fatty foods etc. make them regain the “feel good” effect.

Before being baffled about what in world is increasing your weight, have a close and nice look in your daily life activities. Even the smallest change may bring you astonishing results.

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