Thursday, April 13, 2023

Weight gain can be used to conceal negative habits, but it must be addressed

Weight gain is commonly associated with certain diseases or medications, as well as with age. However, in most young people, there is no tendency to gain weight, but only an overly caloric diet and insufficient exercise. Weight gain cannot be blamed on a so-called slow metabolism.


The tendency to gain weight is usually due to a poor diet and a lack of physical activity habits brought from home. Every healthy person can maintain a normal body weight or lose weight, but it requires effort. If this is unattainable, it is time to see a doctor.


The tendency to gain weight : does it exist?

Weight gain is not caused by diseases but rather by poor nutrition and lack of exercise due to incorrect eating habits and a poor lifestyle.


Are you hereditary?

The fact that the tendency to gain weight is evident in the family: the grandmother was "chubby," the mother was "fluffy," and it is not surprising that the daughter is also overweight, because the entire family has a "tendency to put on weight."


The difference in basal metabolic rate (PPM) between a person who can eat as much as they want and not gain weight is only 5-9%. This is due to genetic factors, not defecation.


The difference between a fast metabolism and a slower metabolism is 110-200 kcal, which is equal to 3.5-6 cubes of milk chocolate. If this amount fits into the energy needs of both people, neither will gain weight, but if it exceeds their energy needs, they will get fat.


PPM is not the only factor that determines the total metabolic rate (CPM), which is also known as the daily energy requirement. Lifestyle matters a lot, as active people increase CPM, while inactive people increase CPM to a small extent. Eating up to 6000 kcal can cause weight gain, while a one-time consumption of sweets or a larger portion of food will not cause weight gain. Long-term exceeding the demand for energy can cause rapid weight gain.


The real tendency to gain weight can be found in people who are struggling with various diseases that can affect the metabolism, lowering it or cause water retention in the body, which increases body weight.


Diseases conducive to gaining weight are:

  • hypothyroidism,
  • hypopituitarism,
  • PCOS  ,
  • growth hormone deficiency
  • Cushing's syndrome
  • Genetic diseases - eg Turner syndrome, Cohen syndrome, Down syndrome, Bardet-Biedl syndrome, Prader-Wili syndrome.

The tendency to gain weight can be caused by medications, menopause, and chromium deficiency. People should modify their diet and lifestyle if they notice the effects of drugs on body weight, as there are people who take such drugs and do not gain weight.

Tendency to gain weight on the belly

Women gain weight evenly in the hips and thighs, but after the age of 40 and menopause, most women accumulate fat more easily in the abdomen due to hormonal changes. Even then, the belly will gain fat only if it has something to eat, ie, an excess of calories.


Alcohol and trans fats are both linked to weight gain. Alcohol is caloric and occupies the liver, leading to the accumulation of adipose tissue. Additionally, people under the influence of alcohol experience disinhibition and reach for more food than they would without alcohol.


How to deal with the tendency to gain weight on the stomach?

The recipe is simple and consists of a few obvious rules and a few patents.  Here they are:

  • control what you eat  so as not to take in too many calories,
  • do not reach for alcohol too often,
  • avoid trans fats   (some hardened vegetable fats, some confectionery products and cookies from the market, some ready meals or dishes to be reheated),
  • try to move  more
  • try HIIT  - some people help a lot in the fight against belly fat, but not everyone,  
  • drink green tea   and eat blueberries – the catechins in green tea in combination with physical activity can help burn belly fat, as can blueberries.


How to lose weight with a tendency to gain weight?

The most important details are that people with a "tendency to gain weight" need to see a doctor to make a diagnosis, start treatment, or modify their diet. People with a "tendency to put on weight" need to follow a diet that is slightly reduced in calories and start moving more. Observations show that those with a "tendency to gain weight" have a wasteful phenotype, while those with a "tendency to put on weight" have a thrifty phenotype. Training is a great complement to this movement.

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