Our Genes & Chromosomes Are The Control Panel
Although there are many factors that contribute to increase in body weight, the main ones are three.
Our genes and chromosomes can be found in every cell in the body. They are the control panel and instructional manual of our system. They are responsible for how the body and the mind behave. We inherit them from our parents.
The environment in which we live
Our personal environment can also make you adopt poor eating and exercise habits. Today’s fast life does not leave much choice but to rally along. Elevators, escalators and remote control appliances make us less physically inactive. Aggressive marketing of processed foods and their ready availability also contribute to the choices we make towards them. Pizzas and other foods packaged in large pieces encourage us to eat more.
Personal reasons too contribute to us eating poorly, over indulging on those kilojoules of food and drinks; and not exercising enough. For instance, when you are feeling depressed, you may end up eating more than necessary. You may also feel unable to do any physical exercise.
Understanding your body and what makes you eat more or fail to engage in physical exercise is the first step towards adopting a better life style.
We Can’t Change Our Genetics But We Change Our Lifestyle
This spells out the foods we eat and how active we are physically. When we eat and do not exercise enough, we experience a gradual increase in weight gain.
There is little we can do to change our genetic make up and environment. But there is a lot we can do to change our lifestyles so as to improve body weight. There should be a proportional balance between out age, weight, height and gender. To attain this, we have to adopt nutritious eating habits and exercise regimes over our life time.
Weight gain and weight loss works by a basic biological principle. Consuming more energy than your body uses in a day results in weight gain. Consuming less energy than the body requires on the other hand results in weight loss.
Although marketing gimmicks and advertisements may persuade you otherwise, weight loss does not result from any of these:
- Exercises that take no effort and cause no sweat.
- Supplements that will melt fat away while you are asleep or while you take a shower.
- Unique food combinations that will allow you to eat what you want and still be able to lose weight.
As a guide to losing weight, you need to know your Resting Metabolic Rate (RMR). This is the number of calories that your body burns at rest in 24 hours. When you eat less than you ought to or exercise too much such that your body ends up with 500 calories less than it requires each day, you will lose 1 pound in a week.
Eating An Extra 500 Calories Every Day Will Cause You To Gain 1Lb In A Week
When you eat 500 more calories than necessary every day, you will gain 1 pound in a week. As an illustration of how easy it is to lose weight when the body is in motion, the female body would need a brisk walk lasting 1.5 to 2 hours to be able to burn 500 calories. To illustrate how easy it is to gain weight, eating a bag of pop chips a day aside from your daily food intake will make you gain 2 pounds in a week! A bag of pop chips contains 1000 approximately calories.