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5 Surprising Causes of Obesity You Probably Didn’t Know

If you were to ask an average person what are the major causes of obesity, chances are “eating too much” and “not exercising” will be the most common answers. And for good reason. For many years, the conversations surrounding obesity or weight loss have only ever focused on diet and exercise. But while they are somewhat accurate answers and maybe building the bulge, they aren’t the only causes. Numerous studies have shown that sometimes the most surprising and unexpected things can contribute to weight gain. So, if you are eating the seemingly healthiest meals and working out religiously but are still obese, these sneaky causes could be the Causes of Obesity.

Causes of Obesity?

Take a look at some of the surprising things that could be derailing your fitness journey:

  • Low-fat foods

    When you are trying to lose weight, anything labeled “low-fat” might sound like the healthiest, most appealing thing, which can lead you to eat more of it, considering it safe. But don’t allow labels to mislead you. Low-fat foods aren’t always low in calories. When any food is stripped of its fat content, it tends to lose its taste and brands usually make up for it by doubling down on the sugar. This makes it unhealthy and detrimental to your weight loss efforts.

  • Anti-depressants

    Going to therapy and seeking treatment for mental health issues like depression takes an enormous amount of courage. The medications for depression, however, come with several side effects, including weight gain. Although some SSRIs (Selective Serotonin, Reuptake Inhibitor), an antidepressant drug, are linked with weight loss, their long-term use can cause you to put on more weight by increasing your appetite and food cravings.

  • Unhealthy fad diets

    Fad diets that completely eliminate certain food groups from your diet aren’t healthy in the long run. They can be especially harmful if you follow them without any professional medical advice and guidance. They might give you great results initially but with time, you will put on more weight.

  • Lack of proper sleep

    According to a study published in the Archives of Disease in Childhood, people who do not get proper sleep at night are at a higher risk of obesity. When your body doesn’t get enough sleep, it experiences hormonal imbalance, which impacts your metabolism and results in the accumulation of fats in your body. Moreover, when you are sleep-deprived, you are more likely to indulge in late-night binge eating. You then wake up groggy and tired in the morning 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 behavior 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.

Obesity Treatment

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 counselor, 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 specialize 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 muscle mass. Throughout the course of your treatment, you will be guided by a multi-disciplinary team of doctors, dieticians, weight loss trainers (mitochondrial activation training), and various specialized lifestyle and psychological coaches.

Call us at 08048655757 or +919620659132 or email us at for more information.

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