How Does Weight Gain Work and How Can I Stop It?

December 9, 2011

Dieting

How does weight gain work and how can I stop it?

 

How Does Weight Gain Work and How Can I Stop It?

How Does Weight Gain Work and How Can I Stop It?

Obesity is a serious affliction affecting millions of Americans. With the spread of American cuisine throughout the world and the increase in sedentary lifestyles (such as office jobs and driving to work even though work is only a mile, or a little over a kilometer, away), people in Britain, India, and elsewhere are increasingly at risk for becoming obese.

Preventing obesity requires both a knowledge of how (and why) people become obese and the specific things to do to prevent and/or reverse weight gain:

Why do people gain weight?

There are three main human body types: Mesomorph (muscular), endomorph (fatty), and ectomorph (skinny). However, the first two body types are susceptible to fatty weight gain.

Human evolution

Until recent history, we have not had an abundance of food, and thousands of people starve each day in the third world and in the United States. In times where there can be a lot of famine, it is good if your body is able to store surplus food gained when times are nice and food is bountiful, such as during harvest. That way, you can survive the winter months without eating much. This form of survival tends to favor endomorphs and mesomorphs, who store some fat in the usual places but also store it in their muscles.

Lifestyle choices

When mesomorphs do not exercise their muscles, their muscles get converted into fat. In this way, they are more susceptible to fatty weight gains from a sedentary lifestyle than endomorphs, who usually have muscle mass more comparable to ectomorphs but weigh more than mesomorphs. On the other hand, endomorphs are more susceptible to dietary related weight gains, but there are plenty of older football running backs who were muscular and still lift weights who got fatter later in life.

Genetics

Some people stay overweight no matter how hard they work out. If you are one of those people, look at yourself in the mirror and tell yourself that you are physically attractive so that you can be happy with your body image. And keep exercising even if you don’t lose weight, since it is still healthy to exercise.

How can I prevent obesity?

The same methods to losing weight can be used to prevent obesity:

Diet

Eating a good, healthy diet will not only combat obesity but also prevent it. This means that you should not eat more calories, or energy, than you need to get throughout the day since your body will store the unused energy as fat. Also, take simple sugars (like soda) out of your diet or at least eat less of them. Your body automatically stores some sugar

Exercise

Exercise, especially running (it is a lot better than bike riding) can help you burn excess calories. If you burn enough, your body will not only not store fat but also dig into its fat reserves (as it would in the wild during the winter months) which will cause you to burn weight. In a way, running can slice fat off your belly like how a hot knife slices through butter! But for some people weight loss is a long and difficult process and those people need to be patient and keep at it when they exercise!

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How Does Weight Gain Work and How Can I Stop It?

 


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