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What Makes us Fat

what-makes-us-fatThere are a lot of people who don’t seem to get concerned with their body and they just eat whatever they desire to eat even if the food is loaded with fats or cholesterol. Surprisingly, some of them don’t even have a strict exercise regimen to wear off unhealthy fats. On the one hand, there are also a lot of people who seems to get fat easily even when they go on a strict diet most of their lifetime. Their bodies tend to bounce back to its usual weight after a month of eating whatever they want. At this point, you will probably say that slim people should thank for their good genes while fat ones should blame on their food and sedentary lifestyle. Though these factors certainly play a role with one’s weight, these are just a piece of the puzzle actually. In fact, they may only play almost half of the real reason why people get fat. In the next few minutes, you’re going to learn what makes you fat despite exercises and healthy eating. You’re also going to learn how to stop it from happening.

Here are the major factors that make people fat:

Eating unhealthy foods – There is no doubt that this factor is dubbed to be one of the biggest contributors of unhealthy fats in the planet. Burgers, French fries, fried foods, junk foods, and the likes, are found to be high in fats and cholesterol, which can store up in your system and become unwanted fats, which, when not dissolved and flushed, can cause obesity. Unhealthy foods are not only limited to junk foods. Sweets, when consumed in big amounts, can also result to obesity. The likes of candies, lollipops, sugary foods, and cakes are some examples of fattening sweets. Pastas, on the one hand, contain tons of fats and carbohydrates that need to be flushed out of the body or used up through exercises and other rigorous activities. Sodas and colas, sweetened juices, preserved canned drinks, and other carbonated drinks are other sources of unhealthy foods. Speaking of which, scientists noted that the presence of brominated vegetable oil or BVO, which are commonly found in flame retardants, have also been included in most sweetened, citrusy drinks these days, specifically those products coming from the Pepsi Company. They found out that this particular chemical is a contributor to fat deposits in the cells. BVO, when coupled with sweeteners, can definitely thicken those tummy and arm areas.

Having a sedentary lifestyle – To define, you enjoy being a couch potato, a person who tends to sit, and not do anything rigorous or sweaty. A sedentary lifestyle turns cells into breeding grounds of fats, which can accumulate in the cardiovascular area and cause cardiovascular issues. They can also store up in your midsection and become known as beer belly or in your thighs and hips and have an apple-shaped body. These are also the culprits to flabby and saggy skin in the arms, belly, and thighs.

Using products made of phthalates – Did you know that your favorite perfume, lotion, or cream can actually create fat deposits to your body? It is generally absorbed through the skin when using products with such compounds. Scientists have found big deposits of phthalates in the bodies of men and women who are either overweight or obese. High amounts of phthalates are found in the bodies of obese people compared to the thin ones since this type of chemical disrupts metabolism. Once it distracts the normal metabolic processes of a person’s body, it interrupts metabolic speed, which can accumulate undigested food. Aside from that, it also disrupts normal hormone processes particularly the testosterone and the estrogen. Disruption of the mentioned hormones can also cause obesity woes that neither dieting nor rigorous exercising can heal. This is also related to the so-called genetic effect. Most people who are born from parents that are obese tend to have higher phthalates in their body, which are passed to their offspring. Usually, people with such inheritance may also have infertility issues. In addition to that, this particular chemical brings a whole lot more of health issues other than obesity. It causes breast cancer too as it mimics estrogen hormones.

Medicines – Believe it or not, certain medicines can cause weight gain. Of course, those supplements that help boost one’s appetite are definitely designed to help you add weight, but we’re talking about medications, not supplements. Here are the top medications that may be the cause of your weight gain: hormone treatments; migraine pills; cancer treatment; antibiotics; psychotropics; and anti-diabetes medication. Why do these medicines make us fat? Firstly, they stimulate insulin secretion, which relatively increases fat tissues. Secondly, they keep the body from burning energy easily and hastily. Thirdly, they help our body retain more water, in which hormone treatments are known for. Fourthly, they slow our metabolism, an effect of most antibiotics. Fifthly, they alter tissues in our taste buds, creating an illusion that all foods taste better. Finally, some of these medications make us quench for sweetened drinks.

Calories – If you are diet-conscious, we bet you know what this word means or that you have already encountered this word several times. A calorie is the term used to measure an energy that a certain food can provide when its conversion in the body takes place. Given that calories are only converted to energy when used, they may be converted to stored fats when they remain unused. Mainly, the diets that provide more calories are those that include animal fats like fish oil; salad dressings, which is a big no-no to those who want to lose weight unless you’re sweating them out through an hour a day rigorous exercise habit; nuts and seeds, but they’re actually recommended calories since they also stimulate brain cells; peanut butter and chocolates, which should all be consumed moderately; sausage meats, cheese, and processed foods are also high in calories and should be taken in limitations; and fried foods, which are a no-no to those who don’t exercise regularly.

Stress – You might find it amusing, but it is real that stress can really make you gain weight. Stress comes in aplenty of forms including too much dieting, chronic infections, work and home worries, and inflammation. When these all add up, stress makes you crave for food more; decreases your body’s ability to digest hastily and convert fats into energy; and increases belly fat, blood sugar, and fatty acids and triglycerides in your body.

Indeed, obesity and weight gain aren’t all about food and bad lifestyle. It’s also about physiological and mental issues and medications. While weight gain is sometimes inevitable, it can still be prevented and treated.

  • 1. Keep in mind of the foods that you’ve been consuming.
  • 2. Include exercise in your weekly schedule. Research shows that it is best to allocate at least 30 minutes of your day sweating it out and the intensity could depend on your age. People below 50’s are encouraged to do jogging and brisk walking while people above 50’s are urged to do walking or even leisure walking at least 30 minutes a day. We suggest you add 15 more minutes to your daily schedule if you have eaten calorie-filled foods the day before.
  • 3. Never run out of good source of water. Water keeps you hydrated, refreshed, and cleansed from toxins, too.
  • 4. You can always submit yourself to temptations, but always set limitations. A regular sized French fries per week or a pint of ice cream wouldn’t hurt your weight, so long as you’re consuming the healthy options before these fatty foods.
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A senior writer and editor of The Green Guide and a father of 3 kids (1 girl and 2 boys). Rob's special interests include geography, enviroment study and hiking. Rob has traveled to over 100 places in 30 different countries in the past three years. His exotic and fun experiences will be talked in his new book which is going to be published soon.

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