The Reason You Are Gaining Weight (It’s Not Just About Food And Exercise!)
Written by: Kat Gal
The Reason You Are Gaining Weight (It’s Not Just About Food And Exercise!)
People are getting bigger and bigger.
Just look around you.
There are more overweight and obese children in today’s classrooms than ever before. The same holds true for adults. Compared to our ancestors and generations before us, adults today are by far the largest.
The sad truth is that the obesity crisis is not stopping. Our collective waistline is growing. But why?
Why Is The World Getting Bigger?
The reason must be a sedentary lifestyle and an overwhelming amount of junk food. That’s it. Case closed…
Or is it?
You are right thinking that the lack of exercise and eating too much has to do with the obesity epidemic. But it turns out that there is more to our growing waistline than too much food and too little movement.
A fascinating study conducted by York University in Toronto compared 36,400 American adults between 1971 and 2009 and 14,419 adults between 1988 and 2006. They looked at the macronutrient intake, calorie input and amount of exercise for each participant.
The results were shocking. Turns out that even those who had identical numbers for each of the 3 factors had a BMI 10% higher. Looks like 40-year-olds today would have to eat less and exercise more to prevent weight gain compared to 40-year-olds back in 1971.
It’s More Than Just Calories
The study indicated that there may be other factors contributing to the obesity epidemic than just diet and exercise. Even those who are eating and exercising the same as the people nearly 50 years ago are getting larger.
The calories in vs calories out concept doesn’t seem to explain the problem. There must be other factors affecting us today causing weight gain.
Other Factors Leading To Weight Gain
Stress is another epidemic that most people are experiencing on a daily basis. Living an average lifestyle balancing jobs, school, family and friends and trying to keep your head above water, chances are, you are chronically stressed like most people.
The problem is that chronic stress – whether it comes from work, home, school, or everywhere else – creates a fight-or-flight response in your body. This can boost your hunger long-term and trigger overeating.
When you are stressed, you are also more likely to reach for sugary snacks and other junk. Why? It’s all natural. Biologically we are designed to need glucose for quick energy to fight off a lion attacking us. The problem is that we are not cavemen anymore. There are no lions, just simple every day stresses coming at you constantly. Your body may think it needs lots of glucose, but in reality, you just need to de-stress.
Our environment is rapidly changing and is much different than it was even 50 years ago. We are a generation of products, chemicals and unnatural stuff. BPA, PCBs, phthalates, triclosan, pesticides and fire retardants are everywhere just to name a few.
But what does environmental harm and chemicals have to do with your weight? A lot more than you think! These ingredients are structurally similar to estrogen. Guess what estrogen can do? You’ve guessed it, too much estrogen (or estrogen-like substance) can lead to weight gain.
So it is about food too. Except it is not simply about calories and macronutrients, but the quality of your food. Instead of real food, today we are eating food-like substances that are filled with additives and preservatives and are highly processed. Most of these foods didn’t even exist 50 years ago, let alone way back in the day.
Overly processed ingredients, processed sugar, pesticides, preservatives, food colorings, unnatural additives and so on may trick your brain into thinking they are delicious treats, but this could not be further from the truth. These foods can all lead to overeating and weight gain (not to mention inflammation and health problems).
The pharmaceutical industry is thriving while the population is dying. There are more medications around than ever before. They are being prescribed left and right even in cases when it is unnecessary and your problem could be resolved by a simple lifestyle change.
But many pharmaceutical drugs are associated with weight gain and other unwanted side effects. For example, 25% of people taking antidepressants put on 10 pounds or more from the drugs alone.
Your gut flora is everything. An unhealthy gut flora can lead to digestive issues, inflammation, physical and mental health problems and yes, weight gain as well.
Unfortunately, an unhealthy diet of processed foods, the overuse of antibiotics, chronic stress and an unbalanced lifestyle can all lead to an unhealthy gut flora, hence the weight gain. On the other hand, a healthy diet and lifestyle, prebiotics and probiotics can create a drastic change and a slimmer waistline just by how they can balance your gut.
What Can You Do About It?
You may not be a time traveler and may not want to have lived 50 years ago anyway, but you can still take your health back, lose those unwanted pounds and maintain a healthy weight.
- Eat real food. Reduce or better yet, eliminate processed foods and processed sugars. Eat real organic whole foods with lots of greens, veggies, fruits, nuts, seeds, whole grains and legumes. If you are not a vegetarian, add a limited amount of organic animal products. Our Organifi Juices and protein powders can help your efforts to eat healthily and meet your nutrient needs effortlessly.
- Balance your gut flora. Eat prebiotic-rich foods, like garlic, leeks, onion, dandelion and asparagus, probiotic-rich foods, like kimchi, sauerkraut and kefir and take a daily probiotic capsule. Try our Biotic Balance probiotics with 50 billion CFUs to balance your gut flora.
- Throw away your conventional personal care, household and cleaning products. Choose natural and organic varieties instead or better yet, make your own.
- Reduce stress and learn to manage it better. Try meditation, yoga, journaling, deep breathing, coloring, nature walking and other relaxation techniques. Smile more. Take time for yourself. Sleep at least 8 hours or more.
- Avoid using antibiotics, OCTs and prescription medications unless it’s absolutely necessary. If you are using any of these, taking probiotics and eating healthy becomes even more important.
- Join a community of like-minded people. Being supported and uplifted by a community makes lifestyle changes easier and your life happier. Our FitLife and Organifi family is always here for you. You are not alone. Remember, we’re in this together.
Now that you know how stress, unhealthy foods, prescription meds and the environment can affect your waistline, what changes will you make? Share one step with us that you will make this week. Share your progress. We want to support you along the way and hear your success stories.
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Kat Gál is a multi-passionate writer, world traveler, nomad, runner, and cat-person. She is a lifelong learner who lives outside of her comfort zones stretching her boundaries and discovering beauty around the world. She is a Certified Holistic Health and Life Coach who encourages others to embrace their unique authentic selves, follow their heart and find their own version of freedom in life.
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