5 Surprising Causes of Obesity You Probably Didn’t Know
If you ask an individual what the main causes of obesity and cholesterol are, the answer will find its way between “eating too much” and “not exercising enough”. Diet and exercise have dominated the conversation surrounding obesity or weight loss for many years. These are some fairly accurate answers and maybe contributing to gaining weight, but they aren’t the only factors. Several researches have shown that sometimes even the most odd cause of weight gain can lead to obesity. Although you eat the healthiest food and meals, exercise regularly, yet you are still obese, then these sneaky causes could be to blame.
What are the causes of obesity?
Check out these surprising things that could be preventing you from achieving your fitness goals:
- Low-fat foods
If you are trying to lose weight, you might think things that are labelled as “low-fat” are healthy, most appealing, which could lead you to eat more of them, considering them safe. Don’t be misled by these labels. Low-fat foods aren’t always low in calories. When fat is removed from food, it tends to lose its taste, and brands usually compensate by doubling up the sugar content. In addition to being unhealthy, this can negatively affect weight loss. You could possibly gain more weight and you could be blaming yourself.
It takes enormous courage to seek treatment for mental health issues like depression and anxiety issues. The medications that treat depression, however, can cause weight gain and other side effects. Antidepressants, such as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), are often associated with weight loss, but their long-term use can lead to weight gain by increasing appetite and food cravings.
- Unhealthy fad diets
Fad diets sometimes completely eliminate certain food groups from your diet and aren’t healthy in the long run. Following them without any professional medical guidance and advice can be particularly hazardous. Although they may produce favourable results initially, one could be at great risk for weight gain over time.
- Lack of proper sleep
People who don’t get enough sleep at night are at a higher risk for obesity, according to a study published in the Archives of Disease in Childhood. Getting insufficient sleep can result in hormonal imbalances, which adversely affect your metabolism, causing fat to accumulate in your body. Sleep deprivation also increases the likelihood of late-night binge eating. As a result, you’ll wake up in the morning groggy and tired and probably skip your workout. And that can never be healthy.
- High dependence on cars– sedentary lifestyle
When you are too dependent on driving, you put on more weight. It may not come as a surprise but it isn’t talked about much. Instead of driving short distances or hailing a cab, walk. Driving is a sedentary behaviour and the more sedentary you are in your everyday life, the more weight you will put on. So, walk as much as you can. Even if you travel a long distance, try to walk for some part of it.
If not managed properly, obesity could be life-threatening. Today, the number of people dying from obesity is twice the number of people dying from malnourishment.
Learning this may have you reaching for the weighing scale, but it is important to keep in mind that obesity is preventable and treatable.
You need to work with a team of health professionals — including a doctor, a dietitian, a counsellor, and a physical trainer to help you understand and make changes in your eating and activity habits.
Diet, exercise, and a better lifestyle are the best ways that can help in preventing obesity, but it is not enough to cure it. For obesity control, it’s recommended to consider scientifically tested treatments, including physical activity, and a high biological value Protein-calorie deficit diet.
If you have been struggling with obesity or trying forever to shed those extra pounds, get in touch with us at ProGen Weight Management. We specialise in a weight loss treatment based on a Very Low-Calorie Ketogenic Diet (VLCK Diet). The ProGen method, backed by 20+ years of medically approved research, has been successfully used to help over 1 million people lose weight and become healthier, fitter versions of themselves. It is the only weight loss program for obesity in India that includes the consumption of high biological value (HBV) protein products, which promotes rapid weight loss while maintaining your muscle mass. Throughout the course of your treatment, you will be guided by a multidisciplinary team of doctors, dieticians, weight loss trainers (mitochondrial activation training), and various specialised lifestyle and psychological coaches.
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