How did I gain so much weight, over the years? This is the question so many people ask themselves, yet few understand.
The reasons aren't that complicated to grasp. However, pardon the pun, there will be no "sugar-coating," here!
Let's first take a look at our lifestyles:
1. Stressful. Yes, it's true that our lives are stressful, no doubt. But, our parents and our parent's parents, didn't have it much easier! Yes, cortisol and vasopressin are produced under stressful, conditions- both of which contribute to excess body fat and water retention, respectfully.
2. Sedentary lifestyles. This goes without, saying. We are bound to our office chairs and behind computers, more than ever before. Realize this- our metabolism decreases between 1-4% each decade after 20 years of age. Simply stated, the more we remain inactive, the more difficult it will become to lose weight.
Mike's REMEDIES: Exercise, deep breathing, proper eating, don't skip meals, eat smaller, more frequent meals, stay hydrated, get your rest and sleep.
3. Unbalanced/Unhealthy meals. We eat a lot of calorically dense foods. Many of which offer little nutritional value. Although fat and sugar, may taste good, we must re-train our tastebuds to enjoy the naturally occurring, sugars and flavors that assorted fruits and vegetables, provide. I firmly believe that this can be achieved! However, just like anything else, this takes patience and practice.
Mike's REMEDIES: Gradually replace that doughnut with an Apple, eat more vegetables in place of higher glycemic index carbohydrates, drink more water and unsweetened beverages.
4. Overeating. Listen, your stomach wasn't made to eat so much, that you become sickened from the eating process! Our portions are most likely, way too large. Our thought is that we want the most "bang for our bucks" and where can we go to find the most food for the cheapest prices. Seriously, no one has to be a rocket scientist, to know that excessive eating will cause weight gain!
Mike's REMEDIES: Chew your food, thoroughly. Try sharing a meal, put less on your plate or use a smaller plate, allow your saliva to work on your masticated foods rather than saturating your natural enzymatic processes, by drinking liquids with every mouthful, unless needed.
Well as you can see, one factor that is seen most often, is ,"Exercise." The more we do, physically, enables us to offset weight gain! Although I'd provided you with several remedies (suggestions,) Exercising and more importantly, exercising efficiently and effectively is definitely worth it's "WEIGHT" in gold!