Unsuspected causes of weight gain
Do you think weight gain is caused only by an excess of food and not enough physical activity? Or do you think it could be attributed to other unsuspected factors? I invite you to think about it as you read this article.
First of all, you need to know that many different hormones have an influence on our feelings of hunger and satiety. Among them are ghrelin, which stimulates appetite, and leptin, which suppresses it. When we don’t get enough sleep, our bodies produce more ghrelin and less leptin. The consequence is that we eat more!
What can you do? :
- Allow yourself at least 8 hours of sleep every day.
- When your days seem too short, sacrifice unimportant activities such as watching television or browsing the internet rather than cut on your sleep. Sleep is not like a bank from which we can draw time without any after-effects!
- Before going to sleep, limit your intake of stimulating foods and drinks such as coffee, teas, energy drinks, chocolate, cacao or cola.
Eating is not only useful to fulfill our need of energy, carbs, protein and fat. Eating can also be a way to have a good time and treat ourselves, especially when really fat or sweet food is involved! These foods stimulate our brain’s pleasure center and give us satisfaction and well-being. Therefore, it is no surprise that we turn toward ice cream when we feel anxiety, grief, or when going through a rough patch!
What can you do?:
- Find comfort elsewhere: read a good novel, go take a walk outside or do some window shopping! There are plenty of ways to relax!
- Do not feel guilty if you yield to the temptation of fat or sweet foods: this can only make your stress worse and push you into eating a whole pecan pie!
- Keep a log in which you will mark down what you eat and how you feel. On one hand, this will allow you to know yourself better, and on the other, it will help you identify the situations in which you are more prone to eat.
- Take frequent breaks when performing a demanding task, and eat nutritious snacks.
- Practice regular physical activity: activity triggers the release of endorphins, which create a feeling of relaxation and well-being.
And now, how would you answer the first question?
By Vanessa Martin