We all know that the kind of food we eat affects our weight. If you don’t watch your portions; love eating fried, greasy foods; and you can’t get enough of carbs, then chances are you’ll gain weight. But what if you’ve been watching what you eat, you’re on a high-protein diet, and you eat like a bird but you’re still gaining weight? What could be the problem?
Your weight gain isn’t solely dependent on the kind of food you eat. Certain activities that you do or don’t do could often cause you to gain more weight. Below are some of the most surprising things you’re doing right now that’s slows down weight loss and/or cause you to gain more:
You Don’t Get Enough Sleep
Did you know that not having enough sleep could increase the risk of obesity? A 2010 study concludes that there is a strong connection between sleep deprivation and weight gain. The link between the two is caused by many reasons including metabolic disruption, hypersensitivity to insulin, and increased cravings. Lack of sleep also causes a person to eat more because the boosted production of two hormones: ghrelin, the hormone responsible for triggering hunger, and leptin, a hormone that regulates satiety.
You’re Stressed Out
Stressed out at work or have issues at home? This might be the reason why you’re gaining more weight! Stress is not only harmful to one’s health, it could also lead to obesity. When you’re stressed out, the brain triggers the release of cortisol, the stress hormone, and leptin. When combined together, cortisol and leptin could cause intense hunger and food cravings, making you eat more and delaying the feeling of satiety you get when you’re full. All these will lead to faster weight gain.
The Company You Keep
If you’ve been suspecting that your perpetually hungry friends are leading you to eat more, you may be right! In a 2007 study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, scientists say that your chances of being obese jumps to a jaw-dropping 57% when you’re friends with an obese individual in a similar time frame! There could be many reasons to explain weight gain based on the company you keep but the most telling is how others influence you to eat more or less.
Friends share common activities; they may have the same attitude or likes. If say, you have a friend who’s always asking you to eat out with him all the time, it will cause you to eat more. Subsequently, if you have a friend who’s always asking you to work out, you’re likely to speed up your weight loss.
You Eat Too Little
You might think it’s smart to eat less when you’re trying to lose weight but it just might do the opposite. For the body to work, it requires a certain level of calories. If the body doesn’t meet its daily caloric intake, the brain will slow down your metabolic rate. This will delay the burning of calories — therefore, you don’t lose weight. Rather than starve yourself, try eating the right amount of food and then doing physical exercises to burn them all off.