How Weight Is Put On

Genes

Genes have a great deal to do with obesity. Those who have no problem managing their weight have a controlled appetite.

Those who put on weight easily may not as easily pick up the body's signal of being full.

Eating Patterns

Eating patterns have formed over time and are affected by experiences of food as children. Such patterns are of constantly reinforced as we age which makes it very difficult to alter patterns.

Such eating habits often lead to the consumption of more calories than necessary. Once you recognize your not so positive eating habits, then you can more easily replace them with more positive eating habits in order to lose weight.

For example, should you like to eat sweet or fatty foods whilst watching your favourite TV programmes, you may wish to try eating healthier foods like fresh fruit, dried fruit or carrots.

Food Choices

Many of us select foods full of fat or loaded with calories and eat little portions of such food. However, it is actually better for us to fill our plates with low calorie foods like fruit, vegetables and bread.

Our Emotions

Overeating is often termed “comfort eating” and is often prompted by our emotions. Many of us opt for food and alcohol during stressful times, perhaps after a hard, long day at work or a domestic argument. Many mothers eat whilst with the children, feeling housebound without much to do. Eating then takes on the mantle of “something to do.” We also overeat when we are feeling bored, upset or tired.

By identifying our triggers as to why and thus when we overeat, we are enabled to change old eating patterns.

You can try the following tips:

  • Do I really need to eat these extra foods
  • Do I really need to eat this additional portion
  • Replace the desire of eating more with positive thoughts
  • Instead of eating, do something you enjoy

Being Physically Inactive

Those who are physically active are more prone to keep the weight off than those who lead sedentary lifestyles, like working at a PC all day, driving and then coming home to watch the TV all evening prior to going to bed.

It is a good idea to have one day of the week where you do not watch any television and start a physical activity. Anything physical also helps to maintain long term weight loss.

Watch out for the Weight Gain

You do not become obese or overweight overnight. It inches on over a period of time.

A good start is to reduce the amount of fat you have in your diet and opt for low fat options, wherever and whenever possible, and leave fried and fatty foods out of your diet.

It is vital to do at least 20 minutes of exercise every day as well.