There is a little bit more to excessive weight gain than simply eating too much food and exercising too little. Multiple factors can lead to a person being overweight or obese, some of which you may be able to identify with. Obviously, there is the well known cause of weight gain, which stems from taking in too much calories throughout the day without balancing it out with exercise. Most people who are overweight and obese are going to fall into this category. There are other factors combined with excessive eating and too little exercise that could lead to greater weight gain, such as stress, lack of sleep, medications and medical conditions, having an unhealthy diet or simply growing older (age comes with a slower metabolism).
Stress is a factor in so many health problems that it is not surprising that weight gain is one of them. Stress puts your body in a defensive mode that forces the potential energy (food) you bring into your body to be stored into fat instead of burning it immediately. Your body thinks it is in harm’s way so it does everything it can to prepare for the worse, which storing fat is very efficient way for it do so. However, excessive weight can cause a great deal worse health problems. Those with high stress can suffer from great deal of bodily complications from high blood pressure to insomnia to depression to weight gain. All examples, of course, but it is good to recognize finding ways to manage stress healthily could reduce some health problems you are probably experiencing even now. In later chapters, stress management will be discussed in order to give you effective tools to deal with daily stresses.
Lack of sleep has a similar effect on the body that stress has. Sleep is essential part of your life, so it is important that you take time to get enough sleep every single day. Too little sleep prevents your body from “recharging” and can significantly decrease your metabolism. Your body thinks that because you cannot get enough sleep that something is wrong and is potentially being threatened, therefore slowing your metabolism, leading to less energy burn later in the day. Inadequate sleep also does not allow your body to find release for the stress you experience daily. On top of this, lack of sleep leads to an increase of fat storage because of your body’s inability to release stress effectively during times of rest. A 2005 correlation study revealed that those who slept fewer hours habitually were more likely to have links to Type-2 Diabetes and experience impaired glucose tolerance—a pre-diabetic state where your body has abnormal blood sugar levels that are similar to the insulin resistance Type-2 diabetics have.
Medications and medical conditions can also lead to excessive weight gain. It is important to gain a good relationship with your doctor so you understand all the side effects of medications that you may experience. It should also be recognized that weight gain is not the only problem, but also the condition of being overweight or obese as well.
Obesity in and of itself comes with a number of dangerous consequences. Obesity increases your risk of developing high blood pressure, type-2 diabetes, heart disease, stroke, gallbladder disease, age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and cancer of the breast, prostate, and colon. In fact, obesity increases your risk of death and can potentially lead to excessive complications with regular surgical procedures and daily life. The lesser-known effects of obesity may also include asthma, pregnancy complications, infertility and even Parkinson’s disease.
High blood pressure is sometimes called a silent killer because you may have no obvious symptoms for years. In fact, one in five people with the condition don’t know they have it. If developed, it can quietly damage the heart, lungs, blood vessels, brain and kidneys if left untreated. It’s a major risk factor for strokes and heart attacks amongst Americans. This is very real and terrifying condition to have and many people with diabetes, high stress or poor diet may not know about and let it go untreated. Being overweight places a strain on your heart and increases your risk of high blood pressure. That is why diets to lower blood pressure are often also designed to control calories, which in turn can be beneficial in dealing with pre- and type-2 diabetes.
By using products like GlucaTrim and taking steps to become educated about health problems associated with pre- and type-2 Diabetes, you are allowing yourself to have a much better and healthier life. This brings up the question of what is a healthy lifestyle. A healthy lifestyle comes from finding a positive balance of physical, emotional, mental and spiritual health. Finding a balance with all of those can be quite a challenge for some, as their lives may be stressful and finding time to nurture their self may seem scarce. Everyone, however, deserves a healthy life. Whether you find ways to create a balance of good health by attending a gym class weekly or going on daytrips around the city, giving yourself time to relax and unwind is essential in allowing yourself space to reflect on yourself and where you want to go.