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Causes Of Being Overweight

Author : Laura Moore

Our weight usually depends on the quantity of food we consume, the type of food we consume, whether we eat as a means of reducing stress, whether we exercise regularly, and so on. Other factors that also add to our weight are age, genetics, general physiological condition and wellbeing.

It is always beneficial to know how you gain weight, because you'll then be aware of what to avoid when striving to shed those extra pounds. In this article I'll talk about the activities that cause you to put on weight.

Social life is one of the main culprits. In many cases, having a "great time" generally means eating fattening food. This makes you develop a taste for bad habits like overeating.

Another cause for putting on weight is the wrong amount and time and intake. If you stray too much from an good breakfast, light lunch, small snack, and good dinner, it disturbs the energy balance of your body.

Skipping breakfast, skipping a proper lunch, munching on junk food, coming home to eat a big dinner, and sleeping immediately after dinner is quite common but the right approach. When you sleep your metabolic rate is very low, and therefore the food you consume just before bedtime doesn't break down, leading to fat storage.

Not Enough Sleep
Do you know why experts recommend 8 hours of sleep every night? It is because if you sleep less than 8 hours your body doesn't complete its job of restoring the body. Its natural function is hampered and may also stimulate the hormones that create your hunger. Most people catch around 7 hours of sleep at night, which leads to gaining weight.

Eating Too Quickly
I was in the military and we had to eat our meals really fast so that we could resume training. It wasn't a problem for us because we exercised and trained every day so we didn't notice any bad effects.

After leaving the military I continued my habit of fast easting. without exercise, it wasn't long before I gained 50 pounds. I was at a loss. It wasn't even a year since I'd left the military.
later I found out that if you eat very quickly your brain doesn't figure out when to stop until it is too late. You need to allow your brain time to get the signal from your stomach that it's full! Eating slowly also enables you to digest food better.

Genetics is indeed a big factor in understanding your metabolic rate and also your weight. If your parents metabolism is slow, i.e. their bodies digest food slowly, chances are that you have inherited your metabolism from your parents.

NOTE: You shouldn't use this fact as an excuse though; with focused and determined efforts at healthy diet and exercise, it is very possible to change this.

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Nicky has been in the health industry for over 10 years. Obesity is now a problem not just in the United States but in many other countries also. For more excellent information on weight loss and dieting check out her Weight loss and dieting blog

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