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Thursday, 19 November 2015
With summer just around the corner, you may be trying to lose some of that extra winter weight. If you’re struggling to see the results, it could be down to something more than just diet or exercise alone. We’ve looked into the key reasons why people gain weight – you never know, the obstacle standing in your way might be something you’ve never even considered…
It might not feel like your body is doing much when you’re asleep, but research shows that sleep has a lot to answer for when it comes to your overall health, particularly body weight. Studies have shown that shorter durations of sleep are strongly linked to risk factors for obesity, with an 89% increased risk in children and a 55% increase in adults. This is because your body starts craving sugars and carbs, looking for an energy boost when you’re tired. Your body’s main energy source is carbohydrates and your body fat is a secondary source. When you eat too many carbs, your body has no need to burn the secondary source, resulting in weight gain. The other thing sleep does is regulate your hormones. Ghrelin is the hormone that makes you feel hungry and leptin is the hormone that makes you feel full. When you don’t get enough sleep, your leptin levels drop and your ghrenlin levels rise, making you feel unnecessarily hungry. This throws out your energy in vs. energy out balance.
Sometimes certain health conditions can actually increase your weight…
Long-term stress can wreak havoc on your body in many ways, with weight gain being one. Cortisol is produced in response to stressful situations (this is when our body kicks into “fight or flight” mode). The problem is that cortisol increases your appetite and tells your body to store glucose as fat. Living a fast-paced, stressful lifestyle means that your body is constantly creating cortisol, essentially making you eat more and storing more body fat. So what’s the key to kicking this cortisol surge? Find a way to manage your stress. Everyone is different, so find something that works for you and do it often. Get some stress-busting ideas here.
You would have heard about it in the media – sugar is now diet enemy number one. When we eat or drink sugar, it alters our hormone levels, resulting in weight gain. Unfortunately, sugar is hidden in so many foods! So before buying anything – read the label. Anything containing 5g or less total sugar (per 100g) is considered to be ‘low sugar content’. Anything containing 22.5g or higher (per 100g) is considered ‘high sugar content’. Weight gain and weight loss is something a lot of people struggle with. First of all - don’t beat yourself up. As a society, we often create unhealthy or idealised body perceptions, so it’s important to focus on being healthy, not being a certain weight or shape. If you do believe that you could lead a healthier, more fulfilling life by dropping a few kilos, keep in mind the different reasons as to why you may be gaining weight. Getting on top of your sleep routine, or sugar intake could make all the difference.
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