4 Causes of Weight Gain

4 Causes of Weight Gain

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Weight gain is a road less traveled these days. You hear more of weight loss and fitness stories.

It is pertinent to know that some people want to gain weight but seem not to understand how to go about it while some may be asking questions like ‘ why am I adding/gaining weight’.

Below, I have listed 4 causes of weight gain

1. Diet: The measure and quality of food in your diet has a strong impact on weight.

2. Genes: Some people are genetically predisposed to gain weight more easily than others or to store fat around the midsection.

Genes do not have to become destiny, however, and studies suggest that eating a healthy diet, staying active, and avoiding unhealthy habits like drinking soda can prevent the genetic predisposition to risk for obesity.

3. Physical inactivity: Exercising has a host of health benefits, including reducing the chances of developing heart disease, some types of cancer, and other chronic diseases. Physical activity is a key element of weight control and health.

4. Sleep: Research suggests that there’s a link between how much people sleep and how much they weigh. In general, children and adults who get too little sleep tend to weigh more than those who get enough sleep.

  • For example, in the Nurses’ Health Study, researchers followed roughly 60,000 women for 16 years. At the start of the study, all the women were healthy, and none were obese; 16 years later, women who slept 5 hours or less per night had a 15 percent higher risk of becoming obese, compared to women who slept 7 hours per night. Short sleepers also had 30 percent higher risk of gaining 30 pounds over the course of the study, compared to women who got 7 hours of sleep per night.

There are several possible ways that sleep deprivation could increase the chances of becoming obese.

  • Sleep-deprived people may be too tired to exercise, decreasing the “calories burned” side of the weight-change equation.
  • People who don’t get enough sleep may take in more calories than those who do, simply because they are awake longer and have more opportunities to eat.
  • Lack of sleep also disrupts the balance of key hormones that control appetite, so sleep-deprived people may be hungrier than those who get enough rest each night.
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Toluse Francis was born in Nigeria. He is passionate about seeing people live productive lives. He has over the years helped people understand the basics of nutrition and how it affects their lives through writing, speaking and coaching. He obtained his Bachelors degree from Bowen University, Osun State Nigeria. He obtained diplomas in Mental Health and Human Nutrition respectively from Alison Educational Institute in the Republic of Ireland. He is a Certified Life Coach using Neuro-Liguistic Tool by the Amercan Union of Neuro-Linguistic Programming. He helps people live through the past or present that may want to threaten their future. This is seen in his mental health help to people ranging from eating disorders to depression, low self-esteem to mention just a few He is deeply moved towards the total wellness of the human race. He operates with philosophy prevention being better than cure His health approach is a blend of healthy eating with mind-set reshaping. He believes diseases and illness can be prevented if we all eat the right thing in the right way and at the right time He is the author is Eat Fit: a Nutritional Blueprint for Healthy Living as well as on Amazon stores worldwide. A Blogger, writer and speaker. He blogs and has his podcasts called the Eat Fit Podcast at tolufrancis.com as well as iTunes. He has written several ebooks as well and has facilitated several online and offline sessions He is the founder of The Eat Fit Academy​ Volunteering for Solid Foundation Teens and Youth Ministry since 2008 as a teen educator and counsellor. Interested in Leadership, productivity, mental health, excellence and healthy lifestyle. He has held various leadership positions in religious and secular spheres He is a two time nominee by the Nigerian Writers Award in the Health Writer of the Year Category and a recipient of the Nigeria Blogs Awards 2015 as Health Blogger of the Year. He loves to travel, design websites, take up challenges and help people. You can reach him through the various social media platforms​. Toluse resides in Lagos, South West Nigeria.