Fat, overweight, obesity, are all hot topics if you listen to the news or the talk shows. America has been on an upward weight spiral and it doesn’t seem to ever stop. Those who are overweight are frustrated because they can’t seem to lose the extra pounds. Parents are frustrated because their children continue to gain without any apparent cause.
So, what is the cause of the obesity epidemic? Good question! There is no one cause, there is no one resolution. Since we are all individuals with individual issues finding the cause for weight gain and even more important figuring out how to lose weight can be a very involved process.
What are some of the possible causes of excess weight or obesity?
Genetics can affect the hormones. If one or both parents have a problem with excess weight, they can pass on the genetic tendency. Hormones are necessary for fat regulation
Leptin deficiency, Leptins are hormones produced in fat cells and the placenta and control s weight by signaling the brain to eat less when fat stores are high. If the body can’t produce leptin, or leptin cannot signal the brain to eat less, control is lost.
Overeating. Especially of diets high in fat or sugar. Eating those foods where there are an excess of calories in a small amount of food (fast foods, fried foods, sweets).
Simple carbohydrates increase blood glucose levels, which stimulate insulin release, which stimulates development of fat tissue leading to weight gain. Includes sugars, fructose, desserts, soft drinks, beer, etc. Simple carbohydrates are more rapidly absorbed than complex carbohydrates, like whole grains, brown rice, etc. If a man’s waist is more than 40” or a woman’s more than 25” eating too many simple carbohydrates is most likely the cause.
Slow metabolism. Women have less muscle than men. Muscle burns more calories than other tissues, which means most women have a slower metabolism. Those who have a slow metabolism will have a lower body temperature. If the body temperature is below 98 degrees, the thyroid needs support.
Remember – you didn’t gain the excess weight overnight and it will take time to take it back off again. Don’t try to lose weight fast. Be realistic about your weight loss goals. Start today, don’t put it off until tomorrow.
Losing weight can be a challenge for anyone, start today and begin your personal weight loss program.
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