Why Are You Gaining Weight/Fat?
Are you getting weight and not sure exactly why?
There are several reasons that can lead to people slowly gaining weight over time, without even realizing it. The typical American diet is a large part of the problem…
Remember, and it’s most basic form, the reason we gain weight is by consuming more calories then we burn. Also known as “calorie surplus”.
Many people eat out daily, and often past satiation. You don’t have to finish every bite of your food each time you sit down to eat! For many, this approach of “clearing your plate” has been instilled in them from an early age. Don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing wrong with eating out… But you should be aware of what you’re eating. A meal at the Cheesecake Factory, for example, can be 1000 to 1500 calories easy.
Mindless snacking throughout the day while working, watching TV, Netflix, YouTube, etc., can really add up as well. Especially, with things like chips, and candy. If you want to snack try swapping these foods for things like carrots, cucumber, or celery. Pair them with a bit of hummus and that can be an amazing snack that’s probably better than digging into those chips.
For the most part, trying to avoid liquid calories can be beneficial as well. It’s totally fine to enjoy things like juice, soda, coffee, alcohol etc. in moderation. Just try not to make them a part of your daily diet.
Lastly, the sedentary lifestyle- most live isn’t helping either. If you work a desk job or find yourself sitting most of the day, I would recommend that you stand up and stretch, or walk around the office every 30 minutes or so. You could also look into a standing desk. Standing is much more beneficial than sitting.
Try prioritizing the six factors and you’ll be well on your way to seeing the progress you want!