Obesity is an epidemic in the United States. There is more people overweight than ever before in this country. It is estimated that one billion adults are either overweight or considered to be obese. For many, they don’t know how to fight the battle of the bulge.
Why and How Do People Become Obese?
There are some contributing factors that can influence one’s weight out there, but here are ten things that can significantly contribute to obesity over the course of one’s life.
1. Eating Junk Food
It’s not surprising that a poor diet is at the top of the list. A diet laden with carbohydrates and sugars will pack on the pounds quicker than anything.
Eating a well-balanced diet and those with excess fat can help keep the waistline trim.
2. No Exercise
Again, most people know that to burn more calories, you have got to move. People who don’t get enough exercise have a sluggish metabolism. It is customary to workout 3-5 days per week.
Those who are obese usually have a sedentary lifestyle that doesn’t burn off enough of what they eat. Excess calories can pile up rather quickly, especially if you top a lack of exercise off with a poor diet.
3. Sleep Deprivation
Many people do not get enough sleep. They simply run on empty. Without enough sleep, the body doesn’t function as it should. The average amount of sleep a person gets across the globe is decreasing.
Crazy work schedules, family obligations, and other issues put everything in front of sleep. Simply getting more sleep can help boost the metabolism and burn more calories during the day. Plus, the more hours you are awake, the more you will want to sleep.
It is estimated that more than 11 percent of the American population takes antidepressant medications. These medications are known for causing people to crave sugar and pack on the pounds. The average person will gain between 10-20 pounds when starting an antidepressant. Some have gained more than 40 pounds.
There are other medications that can also cause weight gain. Steroids can cause a rapid increase in weight, specifically with a moon face and other side-effects.
5. Processed Foods
Many people prefer to reach for a box to make their dinner. While throwing some meat into a pre-made dinner kit sound easy, these processed foods are full of harmful chemicals.
They interrupt the endocrine disruptors and mess with your natural sugar production. They are also high in calories and fat, which neither one is good for you. Cereals, boxes potatoes, potato chips, and other pre-made foods may be convenient, but they can shorten your life.
6. Fast Food – Eating Out
By far the easiest way to pack on the pounds is by eating out often. Thankfully, some restaurants have begun to put the calorie counts on the menus. The fat count in some of these meals is more than you should have in one day.
Also, you need to keep in mind that the calories of a cheesy, deep-dish surprise are probably more than you should eat in two days. It is always easier to grab something on the go, but if you must eat out, be careful about what you consume. Grilled chicken or salads are better options.
7. Portion Distortion
Americans suffer from portion distortion. The average serving of pasta is one cup. However, most people fill their plates to overflowing and go back for more.
We must learn to control our portions to avoid extra weight. There is no reason why someone would need to eat that much pasta. It’s unhealthy and unnecessary.
8. Eating Out of Emotion
Many people will confess that they are emotional eaters. They eat when they are sad, happy, or mad. Food will never help solve emotional issues, but many people state that they feel much better after they consume a “home cooked” meal.
There is something about chocolate, ice cream, mashed potatoes, and mac n’ cheese that can trigger feel good sensors in the brain. It is a hard habit to break, but it can be done.
9. Eating Out of Habit – Not Hunger
One of the biggest problems with the obese population is they eat out of habit and not need. If you are not hungry, do not eat. There is no law that says you must eat constantly.
You need to have three meals, but there is no mandate on how large those meals need to be. The average person should eat about 2,000 calories per day. But, there is nothing that says you can’t just have an apple and some almonds if you’re not hungry at lunch.
10. Creating A World That Revolves Around Food
A big issue among the obese population is that they schedule their whole day around food. They sit at breakfast thinking about lunch. They plan their lunch around what will be for dinner.
They use food to celebrate, to have a social life, and in every aspect of their life. To them, food is their world. It is okay to love food and to love to eat, but when food consumes most of your thoughts, it can become a huge problem.
These are ten of the reasons why most people battle their weight. If you can relate to any of these categories, there is hope and help. You can retrain your brain and eat to live and not live to eat.