Are you tired of being obese? In our society today, it is so easy to become overweight. We want things and we want them fast and easy. This creates things such as fast food and products that are jam packed with preservatives that make them cheap and easy to create. Sometimes the cravings and urges overpower your need for a healthy life. it sometimes seems that there is no hope to live a healthy lifestyle. This is not the true answer. With the majority of new unhealthy ways of living, there is a counter balance from those who are fighting to keep our society healthy and happy. All you have to to do is take action and start living for a healthier and happier life. It may not be the easiest thing to do, especially at first. But lets face it, the harder route is usually the right one and it will pay off if you commit. If you want to lose weight and live a longer life then YOU CAN, through research, dedication and professional guidance.
Lack of Energy Balance:
A lack of energy balance most often causes overweight and obesity. Energy balance means that your energy IN equals your energy OUT.
Energy IN is the amount of energy or calories you get from food and drinks. Energy OUT is the amount of energy your body uses for things like breathing, digesting, and being physically active.
To maintain a healthy weight, your energy IN and OUT don’t have to balance exactly every day. It’s the balance over time that helps you maintain a healthy weight.
The same amount of energy IN and energy OUT over time = weight stays the same
More energy IN than energy OUT over time = weight gain
More energy OUT than energy IN over time = weight loss
Overweight and obesity happen over time when you take in more calories than you use.
An Inactive Lifestyle
- Many Americans aren’t very physically active. One reason for this is that many people spend hours in front of TVs and computers doing work, schoolwork, and leisure activities. In fact, more than 2 hours a day of regular TV viewing time has been linked to overweight and obesity.
- We relying on cars instead of walking, fewer physical demands at work or at home because of modern technology and conveniences, and lack of physical education classes in schools.
- People who are inactive are more likely to gain weight because they don’t burn the calories that they take in from food and drinks. An inactive lifestyle also raises your risk for coronary heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, colon cancer, and other health problems.
Genes and Family History
- Studies of identical twins who have been raised apart show that genes have a strong influence on a person’s weight. Overweight and obesity tend to run in families. Your chances of being overweight are greater if one or both of your parents are overweight or obese.
- Your genes also may affect the amount of fat you store in your body and where on your body you carry the extra fat. Because families also share food and physical activity habits, a link exists between genes and the environment.
- Children adopt the habits of their parents. A child who has overweight parents who eat high-calorie foods and are inactive will likely become overweight too. However, if the family adopts healthy food and physical activity habits, the child’s chance of being overweight or obese is reduced.
- Some hormone problems may cause overweight and obesity, such as underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism), Cushing’s syndrome, and polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS).
- Underactive thyroid is a condition in which the thyroid gland doesn’t make enough thyroid hormone. Lack of thyroid hormone will slow down your metabolism and cause weight gain. You’ll also feel tired and weak.
- Cushing’s syndrome is a condition in which the body’s adrenal glands make too much of the hormone cortisol. Cushing’s syndrome also can develop if a person takes high doses of certain medicines, such as prednisone, for long periods.
- People who have Cushing’s syndrome gain weight, have upper-body obesity, a rounded face, fat around the neck, and thin arms and legs.
- PCOS is a condition that affects about 5–10 percent of women of childbearing age. Women who have PCOS often are obese, have excess hair growth, and have reproductive problems and other health issues. These problems are caused by high levels of hormones called androgens.
- Certain medicines may cause you to gain weight. These medicines include some corticosteroids, antidepressants, and seizure medicines.
- These medicines can slow the rate at which your body burns calories, increase your appetite, or cause your body to hold on to extra water. All of these factors can lead to weight gain.
- Some people eat more than usual when they’re bored, angry, or stressed. Over time, overeating will lead to weight gain and may cause overweight or obesity.
- Some people gain weight when they stop smoking. One reason is that food often tastes and smells better after quitting smoking.
- Another reason is because nicotine raises the rate at which your body burns calories, so you burn fewer calories when you stop smoking. However, smoking is a serious health risk, and quitting is more important than possible weight gain.
- As you get older, you tend to lose muscle, especially if you’re less active. Muscle loss can slow down the rate at which your body burns calories. If you don’t reduce your calorie intake as you get older, you may gain weight.
- Midlife weight gain in women is mainly due to aging and lifestyle, but menopause also plays a role. Many women gain about 5 pounds during menopause and have more fat around the waist than they did before.
Lack of Sleep
- Research shows that lack of sleep increases the risk of obesity. For example, one study of teenagers showed that with each hour of sleep lost, the odds of becoming obese went up. Lack of sleep increases the risk of obesity in other age groups as well.
- People who sleep fewer hours also seem to prefer eating foods that are higher in calories and carbohydrates, which can lead to overeating, weight gain, and obesity.
- Sleep helps maintain a healthy balance of the hormones that make you feel hungry (ghrelin) or full (leptin). When you don’t get enough sleep, your level of ghrelin goes up and your level of leptin goes down. This makes you feel hungrier than when you’re well-rested.
- Sleep also affects how your body reacts to insulin, the hormone that controls your blood glucose (sugar) level. Lack of sleep results in a higher than normal blood sugar level, which may increase your risk for diabetes.
5 Steps in Helping You Deal With Obesity
- Learn to make better food choices. You need an understanding of what foods are high in saturated fats and cholesterol therefore you can avoid these items which build up in your stomach, arteries, and veins. For example, a yolk of an egg contains 300 mg of cholesterol, so eat the white instead. Eating 10 whole eggs in a week will give you 3 grams of cholesterol in your body. Most fried foods absorb the fats that they are cooked in, so avoid all fried foods.
- Use positive criticism as a way to build your self confidence. One way this can be tackled is to see criticism as a way to correct your self and to keep doing the right thing, don’t let criticism get in your way.
- Find a good support system. Friends aren’t friends if they make fun of you. Ditch any that insult you, and find friends who like you for your personality; Someone has got to be out there. Real friends like you for who you are, not what you look like. Always remember that. ( Don’t mistake this for those who take a serious interest in your health and talk with you about becoming healthier, those you should keep)
- Make small goals, then work your way up. If plans and diets scare you, don’t worry; Start small and set goals for yourself. Here’s an example goal; Walk to school, do twenty minutes of exercise, and don’t eat so much for dinner. Once you feel you can cope a little easier, draw up a simple and flexible plan for yourself. Include exercise, meals, and room for occasions. And remember-just because you eat one slice of cake doesn’t mean your whole plan is wrecked. You’re allowed to treat yourself! Don’t starve yourself, you’ll probably end up with some kind of an eating disorder, and that’s even harder to cope with.
- Do something about it! Don’t just take insults and get sad about them. Surprise everybody by losing some pounds and one day they may ask you how you did it.
If there is something you want. You must believe in it and feel that you deserve it. We all deserve to be healthy! Right? This is the number one step and mindset you must have while starting your new life. I say new life because it will be a new, happier and healthier life. I believe you can do it and deep down you know you deserve i! The healthier you feel about yourself, the better you will make those who surround you feel, especially the ones you love and influence. It is important to see a professional if you have been overweight for a long period of time and just have not been able to commit and succeed in your weight loss. A professional can help indicate what your specific causes are and what areas of your life to pin point for improvement. Some of these are obvious like eating habits, but some are not. Plus, a professional can help guide you on solutions to your eating habits and in addition be your guiding support and helping hand for your overall success. Most importantly they can help you make a plan that will work. Remember, this is a new territory of endless amounts of knowledge and methods for creating healthy lifestyles. Its best to talk with someone who has a vast amount of knowledge on both the body and solutions out there today that will best work for you. Remeber the more difficult fork in the road most of the time is the right one. YOU CAN DO IT!