13 Things You Will Be Surprised To Learn Could Be The Reasons Behind Your Weight Gain
Losing that unwanted mass of fat hugging onto your belly isn’t as easy as it feels like on the first day of your weight loss program. The intertwined aroma of pizzas and pasta coming from the office canteen fills your mouth with saliva and your brain with thoughts of why attempting to lose weight is a bad idea. You have to be motivated all the time and fight your urge to not munch on those snacks packed with calories and bad cholesterol. This doesn’t end here. The thought of having to get up from the comfort of your couch and going to the gym sounds like a milestone to achieve even after months of doing it on an everyday basis.
We can imagine how discouraging it would be if you have been putting yourself through a strict diet and exercise regimen, but do not get the results. We have put down thirteen reasons, which may be acting as hindrances in your transition to a healthy body.
Your Oral Health
It may be hard to make out the correlation between your oral health and physical fitness, but the two are indeed linked. When your gums are inflamed due to lack of proper oral hygiene, such inflammation gets spread to different areas in your body. This, in turn, causes it to store fat making you feel tired, stressed, and devoid of motivation. Doesn’t flossing sound all the more crucial now?
You eat straight out of the container
Are you one of those people who think it is unnecessary to head to the kitchen and look for an appropriate-sized dish when you can just break open the packaging and gorge? You have to give this another thought. You can’t tell how much quantity you have eaten if you consume food that way. On the other hand, plating it gives you a better idea of portions and dissuades you from overeating.
You are stressed
Achieving peace of mind was never as hard as it is in today’s day and age. Our tight schedules don’t allow us time to engage in stress-relieving activities. When we are stressed, our body produces more cortisol, which raises glucose levels, leading to weight gain. Even an hour of doing your favorite hobby can lower stress significantly.
You suffer from depression
Depression is something that is toxic not just for your brain, but for your overall health and performance. It sucks out all your enthusiasm and replaces it with negative thoughts and self-loathing. With such thoughts, one is bound to not care about what one puts into their body.
There is a reason why doctors stress the importance of proper functioning of the thyroid. It plays a very important part in our bodies and any malfunctioning of this gland must not be overlooked. If your thyroid is underactive (hypothyroidism), your metabolic rate would be slowed down, making you put on weight. Getting your thyroid checked regularly can save you from developing such a condition.
If you have been doing everything right to shed a couple of pounds and notice no difference, your medications could be the culprit. A lot of them come with side-effects, which could take the form of increased appetite, lower your metabolic rate, etc. Discuss this with your doctor and see if you can substitute your current ones for any alternatives.
You are insomniac
This may be hard to believe but it is as true as it can be. When you are sleep deprived, your body produces more ghrelin, a hormone that makes you feel hungry. Add to that, the level of leptin in your bloodstream drops. Leptin is responsible for letting you know you are full and have to stop eating. Not getting the right signals from your brain causes you to eat more than you need to. Need more reasons to do something about your insomnia? You sure don’t.
You eat too late in the night
It is relatable that abandoning your habit of munching on tortilla chips and chocolate chip cookies before bedtime feels nearly impossible. But you will never achieve your fitness goals if you don’t give those up. How is your body going to burn the insane number of calories it contains if you will be laid in bed for the next six-eight hours?
Adopting any cool diet you read about on the internet may not be the right decision. Everyone’s bodies are different and what may have worked out for a few people, but it may not provide you with the same effects. Therefore, before embarking on one, you first have to figure out whether it is suited for your body and would you be able to follow it rigorously or not. Additionally, dieting also makes you feel deprived and there are higher chances of you giving up on the whole idea of losing weight.
Your dinner is your heaviest meal
We would be shocked if this came as a shocker to you. You must have been hearing since eternity that your breakfast should be your heaviest meal and dinner – the lightest. The logic behind it is simple. We either go straight to bed after dinner or engage in very little physical activity. Our bodies don’t get the opportunity to use up all that carb. The same gets stored as fat. A heavy breakfast, rich in protein, will also keep you energized all day long.
The type of alcohol you consume
Your choice of the drink also has a bearing on your body weight. Worry not. We aren’t asking you to give up drinking altogether. All you have to do is be a little aware of your drink ingredients. Forgoing those which are high on cream and sugar and opting for ones with fewer calories can help immensely. Vodka and gin are the best in this regard. Also, when having to choose a wine, go for one comprising of the least quantity of sugar.
You indulge in heavy meals post workout
We do understand that you feel like a hungry wolf after an intense session of working out, but that is the time when it is most important for you to make the right food choice. You may be wanting to gulp down every sugary and high-carb food item you can find in your refrigerator, however, you have to keep in mind that no amount of exercising can burn that number of calories.
You don’t eat enough
Eating too little is something most of us resort to, as we believe it would make us lose that extra flab around our waist faster. What we actually do is restrict our body of its nutritional requirements. This makes it keep the fat stored and utilize it during periods of starvation. Though it is true that overeating is the primary cause of increased weight, eating too little also has effects opposite of what is expected.
This completes our list of surprising things, which may be the factors leading your body weight to go up. We hope these would prove to be of help on your weight loss journey.