121doc Reports on Top 10 Reasons for Weight Gain

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Online clinic 121doc takes a closer look at what factors influence weight gain, from the obvious to the unexpected.

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Stress: A major trigger for weight gain

The science behind losing excess fat is simple: eat fewer calories, and burn more energy through exercise. Sometimes obeying these rules isn't enough to make the desired change. Listed below are common factors that influence gradual weight gain.

1) Stress

Stress happens to be a destructive force not just in terms of a person's mental health but also their physical wellbeing. Scientists researching the impact of stress have discovered that women who are the most stressed put on the most weight. Food serves as only a temporary fix; it does not deal with the underlying issue. Addressing the reason behind stress can reduce the trigger for eating.

2) Lack of sleep

Lack of sleep causes the body physiological stress, raises levels of the hormone ghrelin, which makes you feel hungry. To avoid sleep deprivation and resist the urge to overeat, it's suggested that adding 15 minutes each night benefits the standard eight hours.

3) Skipping breakfast

Missing the most important meal of the day could turn out to be the biggest mistake when attempting to shape up. This often results in overeating in the evening.

4) Eating faster

It takes the brain up to 20 minutes to realise the stomach is full after eating. So it makes sense that if a person finishes a meal in half the usual time then they will still have space for seconds even though it's not compulsory. Chewing properly and spacing out courses are practical, well-mannered ways of fighting back against rapid calorie consumption.

5) Yo-yo diets

It's a fact, they never work. Substitute Hollywood's latest eating craze for a sensible balanced diet.

6) Holidays

It's the one time of year people want to look their best, which essentially means carrying as few excess pounds as possible. Ironically holidays make people susceptible to weight gain. Eating out at restaurants usually invites unnecessarily large portions, accompanied by alcohol, which also has its fair share of calories. Consuming calories in such abundance over a fixed period is a reliable way to undo all that hard work that goes into the pre-holiday weight loss regimen.

7) Low fat foods

Always read the label when it comes to choosing foods at supermarkets. Just because a meal may claim to be low in fat doesn't mean it will be kind to the waistline. Some low-fat foods contain high levels of sweeteners or sugar, which contain lots of calories, and therefore contribute to weight gain.

8) Television

There's no shame in giving up a stint in the gym for an evening infront of the television. The real crime here is nibbling on energy-dense foods, such as crisps and chocolate and then not burning off the calories. Choosing TV and sweets over physical activity on a frequent basis will only prolong the time it takes to reach a weight loss goal. Become active again, do away with the remote.

9) Portion sizes

The rule of thumb here, albeit a testing one, is only eat what is needed to not what's on the plate. By cooking home meals or asking for meals in separate serving dishes a person can actively control how much calories they put away.

10) Medical condition

Taking prescription steroids, antidepressants such as amytriptiline, anti-epilepsy drugs or antipsychotic drugs can have adverse effects, one of which is sudden weight gain. Medication should only be used for as long as it's needed.

121doc is a licensed online clinic that has served thousands of patients since 2004. Prescription medication is avilable online via a doctor's consultation and can be delivered within 24 hours.

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