Putting on weight


So you're overweight. Okay, you know that. You're now on a diet and you want to exercise to get fitter and keep the weight off. But what if the lack of exercise wasn't the only reason you put weight on in the first place. If you knew why you put the weight on, would it help you to keep it off for good? Of course it would. This way you could monitor the things a little better and if the same issues arose, you'd be in a much better position to deal with them this time around.

Below are a number of reasons why people usually put weight on:

Work and home is making us stressed

When we 're stressed we tend to eat comfort foods full of saturated fats and excess sugar. We do this because when under stress our hormonal system fires out adrenaline and cortisol into the blood stream. These naturally occurring chemicals really flares our appetite for junk food and sweet things.

Next time you feel under stress try to eat a piece of fruit or something small and light. Then when things have calmed down have a low fat meal to quell your growing appetite.

You skip meals or you eat too late at night

It is much easier to eat when we get in through the front door after a hard days work than it is to start the day on the right note with a hearty but healthy breakfast. However, skipping breakfast will reduce your metabolism (the body's calorie burning system) by as much as 15 percent. This means that any meal eaten during the day thereafter is more likely to be turn into excess fat.

Also, skipping breakfast drastically reduces our blood sugar levels. When this happens our bodies react by releasing chemicals into the brain in order to tempt you to high fat or high sugar foods to compensate for its low fuel levels.

Eating late at night at will simply promote excess weight gain because we burn up little calories when we sit and vegetate in front of the TV. Any calories not used by the end of the day will be converted into body fat.

You do very little physical activity

This doesn't just mean purposeful exercise. This means any activity that will burn up calories throughout a normal working day. So walking up stairs, walking to work (or at least part way). Shopping and carrying bags. Taking a evening stroll or walking the dog etc. If you don't do any of these and other things often, then you may struggle to burn up any excess calories eaten throughout the day.

The weighting game
Putting on or taking off weight is simply a numbers game. If you eat more calories than you burn you will put on weight. If you eat less than you burn you will lose weight.

Doing little physical activity means that you should eat much less than someone how has a physically demanding job or someone who exercises three or four times a week.



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