It goes without saying that eating and lack of exercise are the two main reasons why we can't seem to get rid of our bilbils and double chins. Don't worry though; we're here to help you turn things around for the better.
However, new studies reveal that there's more to weight gain than just food and laziness. Here are seven surprising factors that hinder our quest of achieving that batak body!
Nature Genetics reports that scientists have identified 18 new genetic markers that could play a role in obesity, and 13 new markers that could determine whether fat builds around the waist or the hips. This means some people, no matter how hard they try, are genetically engineered to end up on the heavier side of things.
According to a study published in Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition, endocrine-disrupting chemicals found in plastic, such as bisphenol A and polybrominated diphenyl, interfere with hormone signaling. Don't let the chemicals f*** with your body; say no to plastic!
3) REMOVED TONSILS
A St. Louis University research reveals that people, particularly kids, who get their tonsils removed are more likely to pack on the pounds after the procedure. In fact, weight gain can occur for up to seven years after the operation.
4) PRESCRIPTION DRUGS
As some of you may know, weight gain is a common side effect of many drugs. Steroids (taken for arthritis, eczema, and asthma), antipsychotic drugs, birth control pills, and insulin are just some of them.
5) LACK OF SLEEP
Researchers from the University of California found out that sleep deprivation can cause changes in brain activity that lead to people feeling hungrier and craving more fattening foods. In a nutshell, a rested mind is more likely to opt for more appropriate food choices. Better judgment leads to a better figure.
An Obesity Review research suggests that a cozy temperature could be contributing to your growing tummy. We suggest you turn down the thermostat—when your body shivers from the cold, your muscles contract, generate heat, and burn calories. There, problem solved.
People with chronic stress usually have increased levels of cortisol and insulin, which leads to a bigger appetite. This means you're more likely to engage in "hedonistic" eating in the form of high-calorie sweets and fats. For fitness' sake, calm down!