Gained a Few Pounds? Find the Culprit
Eating too much and not exercising enough to burn off those calories you consumed is the simplest explanation for weight gain. You may not know, however, that it actually gets more complicated.
Many factors can play a role in determining weight gain and the amount of work required to lose weight.
- Diet: The quantity and quality of food in your diet is the most relevant factor.
- Genes: Some people are genetically predisposed to gaining weight more easily than others. Genes even indicate if someone might be prone to storing fat around the midsection.
- Physical inactivity: Exercising provides a range of benefits, including reducing the chances of heart disease, some types of cancer, and other chronic diseases.
- Sleep: Research suggests a link between how much people sleep and how much they weigh. In general, children and adults who get too little sleep tend to weigh more than those who get enough sleep.
Sometimes, it's not easy to pinpoint one single cause. When determining what needs to be done for you to reach your goals, use our weight loss calculator.
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Don’t Just Lose Weight; Keep It off
Wondering if you’re overweight? Ask yourself: are you no more than 10 pounds over the weight you were at 21?
If so, congratulations. Just focus on maintaining that weight. Watch what you eat, and keep exercising.
But, typically, it’s not that easy. Most people between the ages of 18 and 49 gain 1 or 2 pounds every year. As the pounds add up, so do the potential health risks, including heart disease, stroke, and cancer.
Middle-aged women and men who gained 11-22 pounds after age 20 were as much as three times more likely to develop heart disease, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, and gallstones than those who gained 5 pounds or less.
Also, those who gained more than 22 pounds faced even larger risks.
If your weight is in the healthy range, and isn’t more than 10 pounds over what you weighed when you turned 21, focus on maintaining that weight by watching what you eat and exercising.
Often, maintaining a healthy weight can be as simple as turning off the television or passing on sugary drinks. Little changes can make big differences.
If you're struggling to reach your goals, get in touch with Diet Doc for a complementary medical weight loss consultation. Our doctors personalize plans that help you tackle the obstacles that are keeping you from realizing long term weight loss.
Source: Harvard School of Public Health—The Nutrition Source
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