The causes of weight problems that health specialists present are often overwhelming to the consumer, and with more reports published every now and then, it makes things more complicated.
HOWEVER, it’s important for you to establish an awareness of the associated causes, as it will motivate you to be more attentive to your individual well-being.
We try to keep it simple:
Things You’re Putting (or Not) Into Your Mouth
- Too much fat, sugar, starch, or other carbohydrates (while they are the source of energy, your body will convert the excessive amount to fat)
- Too much of pre-processed products (no-cook or easy-to-cook) that frequently have more fat or sugar for preservation purpose (sweet beverages, soda, cakes, ice-cream, junk food and tetra/foil-packed treats).
- Too much food entirely, including proteins that could be transformed to fat if over-consumed.
- Irregular eating habits (eating much at one time, too little at another time; long span between meals).
- Too much sugar sometimes, and too little during other times (causes “hunger” physiology making you deposit more fats in your body).
- Too much alcoholic drinks (they contain high calories).
- Lack of minerals and vitamins, and a generally unhealthy diet plan reducing the body’s ability to burn fat.
In a nutshell, too much calories than what your body requires. Therefore, eat proportionally – more meals in a day, less amount in a meal.
Other than that, there are other causes, such as medical conditions that you should seek professional help:
- Hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid) – Lowering food metabolic rate, cravings loss and modest weight gain in which protein deposits in the body cause fat build-up and fluid retention.
- Essential fatty acid or “good” fats (flaxseed oil) deficiency – Hindering your body’s ability to maintain metabolic rate as well as causing yearnings for fatty foods.
- Food sensitivity – Occurring hours after meal as bloating and swelling. It is caused by fermentation of foods (specifically carbohydrates) in the bowels, swelling and the release of specific hormones that increases fluid retention and weight gain.
- Cushing’s syndrome – Producing excess cortisol hormone and resulting in rounded ‘moon face’ and ‘buffalo bulge’.
- Use of particular prescription drugs like steroids, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), antidepressants, diabetic medications, hormone replacement treatment and contraceptive pills including oestrogen – Causing fluid retention and increased appetite.
- Kidney, heart or liver disease – Triggering fluid retention and weight gain.
- Organ enlargement, such as from an ovarian cyst, and blockage of lymph fluid.
- Blood sugar imbalance due to rapid variations in blood sugar levels -The need for insulin to keep sugar away and lower the sugar level, resulting in food cravings for more sugary foods.
- Emotional eating (BED/ binge-eating-disorder) – In response to stress or depression impacting eating habits.