Carrying excess fat around your waist and having trouble getting rid of it, can sometimes be due to reasons that aren’t as obvious
If you’ve stumbled upon this article, it’s very likely you’re already pretty knowledgeable and selective about the foods you should be consuming, as well as exercising on a regular basis. However, you still can’t manage to get rid of the extra tire around your waist and it’s very frustrating since you think you’re already doing everything right. Well, the solution to this problem isn’t straightforward.
You might need to do some research on your own as well, but we can help you by presenting a few ideas that might be the possible culprit to your problem.
1. You stay up late and not sleeping enough
If you’re working long hours without rest, working late into the night, and beginning again early in the morning, or simply watching TV late into the night you might be setting yourself up for a rear-end and gut expansion. Studies have shown that staying up late causes rapid weight gain in addition to experiencing cravings for junk food.
It’s also been suggested that people who are staying up late or slept around 4-5 hours a night for 5-6 consecutive days consumed more than 600 extra calories per night in comparison to people who slept 8 hours per night.
2. You’re in college
In one study which was made over a span of four years, it was concluded that almost 70% of college students put at least some weight by graduation. The study was comprised of 130 students whose weight was followed for four years, and the scientists noted that the average weight gain was around 13 pounds, with the biggest gain being 38 pounds.
It should also be noted that other studies set the average college student weight at a lower number, around 2-3 pounds. The main point is that no matter if it’s staying up late for studying, having a diet consisting mostly of junk food or drinking too much beer, college students have a tendency to put on weight.
3. Your stress levels are too high
One survey done by the American Psychological Association has found that around 40 percent of people that experience high-stress levels deal with their problems through excessive eating. The increased appetite is followed by an increased production of cortisol, also known as the stress hormone, which has the potential to slow down metabolism.
4. You’re simply dieting the wrong way
Eating clean foods shouldn’t be something you do for several weeks just to get ready for the summer. If you are to achieve a lasting change in how your body looks, you need to make clean eating a lifestyle. Otherwise, you’ll always get short term results which will disappear as soon as you stop your diet.
The same goes for crash diets. They can make you look as if you’re in a good shape but only for a while. That’s because you’re basically depriving the body of vital nutrients and can potentially slow down the metabolism. And it isn’t detrimental to your physique only. It can also put a lot of stress on your heart which can be extremely harmful to your overall health.
5. It could be due to some meds you’re taking
Some meds like antidepressants, including some very common prescription meds like Paxil, can be the cause for your weight gain. A survey has shown that around 10% of people in the US are on antidepressants. That doesn’t mean that you should get rid of them if you’re really feeling benefits from them. However, you should consult with your doctor about it, and ask if there’s a substitute med for it, or if there’s a way to minimize the weight-gaining effects of the med.
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