In the previous article, we focused specifically on what may be the main culprit when it comes to weight gain without our control. We came to the conclusion that the problem may be primarily stress, lack of sleep, or the use of inappropriate drugs. However, it turns out that these are not the only reasons why we gain weight, and we do not know why. So what else can cause an increase in our body weight? What factors matter when it comes to increased kilograms.
It is often said that women undergoing menopause gain weight. The truth is that this may have some effect on a woman’;s body, but very often the same aging process causes the metabolism to slow down, and we burn less calories. If we properly care for our diet, and we focus on physical activity, we will certainly be able to enjoy a beautiful appearance and a flawless figure during menopause.
One of the diseases that can cause weight gain is Cushing’s syndrome. In such a disease, a person is exposed to too much stress hormone, which in turn causes weight gain as well as other abnormalities. Cushing’s syndrome can be obtained when we take steroids for asthma, when we have arthritis or lupus. Most often with this disease, there is weight gain on the face, neck, waist, as well as in the upper back.
The culprit may be the polycystic ovary syndrome
Very often a big problem is polycystic ovary syndrome, which is a big hormonal problem affecting many women of childbearing age. With this disease, many small cysts appear on the ovaries, which in turn leads to hormonal imbalances that affect our entire menstrual cycle. In addition to weight gain, there are also hair as well as acne problems. The largest amount of fat accumulates around the abdomen.
When we quit smoking
When we quit smoking, we more often reach for additional food, and thus also increase the amount of calories taken, which in turn leads to weight gain. It is true that initially we may feel more hunger and eat more, but this is a transient state after which everything will certainly return to normal.
If we gain weight despite the fact that we eat well and exercise, and our caloric balance is negative, it’s certainly worth finding a specific reason in all this. Nothing happens by accident and certainly the basis is to find a problem to be able to treat it or simply eliminate it. Nothing happens by itself, so let’s try to do everything to be able to eliminate it in the event of a problem. Let’s not stop taking the drugs ourselves, but let’s consult a doctor, try to reduce stress to a minimum, sleep more, and let’s still focus on activity and healthy food on our plate. And of course, the most important thing – let’s study and control our health.
LACK OF SLEEP…. AND OUR WEIGHT
Can sleep affect our weight loss issue? Can too little sleep affect our weight? It turns out that lack of sleep not only badly affects our well-being, concentration or general mental and physical condition, but also our weight, including growing weight. Do you think you are doing everything you can to lose a few extra pounds? You follow diets, exercise regularly, take care of seemingly every aspect. But something is wrong! The weight is still standing, the reflection in the mirror does not change, and you get more and more frustrated. Is this familiar to you? It turns out that the main culprit in this state of affairs may be lack of sleep.
No sleep and bad habits
If we slept too little, we automatically have no strength. We want to sleep, we lack the inspiration to do anything, we are annoyed. We drink coffee after coffee, we eat sweets, just to raise some sugar and gain energy for a while. We do not have the desire or strength to commit to a good workout, we do not want to focus on regular, balanced and healthy meals. We do everything on the run because we’re still late. We do everything half-heartedly, quickly, and on autopilot. Our brain is not operating at high speed, and all we do is survive the day! As long as it happens from time to time, we can deal with it. However, when such a condition persists and lasts, it significantly affects our well-being, our health, and our appearance. Impossible? Don’t think so!
In addition to the fact that lack of sleep significantly affects our behavior and our actions during the day, our brain is also very important. If we are sleepy, our brain automatically makes bad decisions, which we are often simply unable to control. A person’s brain under the influence of alcohol works similarly. We drink and are unable to think rationally or make appropriate decisions. When the brain is in a state of permanent fatigue, it's also able to play such tricks on
us. If we are rested, we can have a strong will and we will not be tempted by an additional piece
of cake. However, when we are tired, automatically this strong will is put to the test and
unfortunately, but usually does not pass.
Sleep and weight studies
Many scientists have conducted numerous studies to see how sleep affects our weight. And
what happened? People who slept far too little, far more often ate high-carb snacks, as well as
those with a high fat content. What’;s more, if we sleep less, we automatically eat larger portions
of food, and thus take more calories and at the same time increase weight gain. If the brain is
sleepy, it demands that which gives a lot of energy, but also what satisfies our taste buds. We
reach for things that have little in common with the word healthy.
Lack of sleep, our metabolism, and other issues
It turns out that lack of sleep is of great importance for the speed of our metabolism. Sleep is a
nutrient for the brain and if it’s lacking, it automatically affects the work of our entire body,
including the slowed down metabolism. What's next? If we don’t sleep enough, there is a jump
in cortisol, and thus stress hormone. When we are stressed, at the same time we start to snack
to “kill” this stress. Each such action leads to a caloric surplus, and at the same time to an
increased number of kilograms. Sleep deprivation affects metabolic fatigue. Subsequent studies
have shown that a small amount of sleep causes inefficient processing of insulin, i.e. a hormone
that converts sugar, starch and other products into energy. If the body does not respond
properly to insulin, there are also problems with the processing of fats in the bloodstream, and
thus more fat accumulates in our body. If we sleep, we can lose weight when we are not
sleeping, this lack of sleep hinders metabolism and increases body weight.
Let’s have more rest
Of course, the best option is to sleep eight hours a day. Thanks to this, we are able to
regenerate, relax and gain strength for the next day. However, if we do not have the opportunity
to sleep so many hours, it's definitely worth having at least a moment’s rest or a short nap. First,
turn off the computer, cell phone and television. Let’s close our eyes, let’s indulge in a moment
of blissful silence. Before going to sleep, let’;s not spin off the stimuli from the outside, let’s
instead take a warm bath, meditate, do some yoga or read a good book. Before bedtime, turn
off the lights and try not to think about everything that surrounds us. Completely shutting down
the brain from everything.
Let’;s remember that sleep is extremely valuable when it comes to our well-being, our energy,
but also our appearance. If we care about its quantity and quality, we will certainly notice it inour daily functioning. Instead of the next order, the next movie, or unnecessary quarrel with theother half, let’s lie down, relax and have a really good and relatively long sleep.