6 BIG FAT Factors to Weight Gain

Obesity is a growing problem. Read about the factors that lead to obesity. Learn about the treatments used to help overcome obesity.

The logic is simple: if we consume more calories than we use, the excess calories are stored in our body as fat. When you are obese, it simply means you are carrying too much fat in your body. Therefore, obese people run a higher risk of suffering from high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases and stroke.

Many factors contribute to weight gain.

1. Lifestyle

Our long working hours and other commitments often becomes our excuses not to cook nutritious meals. Instead we head for the nearest fast food outlet or food center even though we know these prepared foods are often high in fats and calorie and the portion sizes are usually too large. On top of that, many of us lack exercise which is vital to burn away the excess calories. The end result: the excess calories turn into fat.

2. Psychological factors

Some people overeat to cope with their emotional problems such stress, depression or boredom.

Genetics

Your genes actually affect the amount of body fat you store and where the fat is distributed. Take a look at your parents – are they obese?

Age

Our muscle mass decreases with age. We also become less active. This in turn leads to a decrease in metabolism and calorie needs. Therefore, if we do not reduce our caloric intake as we age, we will most likely gain weight.

Medical Problems

Low thyroid function, arthritis, excess production of hormones by the adrenal glands (Cushing’s syndrome) or other hormonal balances, such as polycystic ovary syndrome.

Alcohol

It’s no myth drinking will make you fat because one regular beer carries about 150 calories.

Though you can’t prevent yourself from agingFree Web Content, you can change your lifestyle and adopt more healthy dieting habits to combat your obesity problem. I strongly recommend a vegetarian lifestyle for anyone who wants to become both slim and healthy.

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