Say NO to Weight Gain
Psychologists usually advise us to always think positive, and remove the negativity from our mindsets. Stay away from negative emotions, negative situations, negative people, and negative words. But this is the one thing where we can say a negative word to – say NO to weight gain.
Saying no to weight gain is a positive mindset because gaining weight or weighing more than our body mass index would consequently lead to negative health issues like acquiring dreaded diseases as enumerated by the acronym CHAOS – coronary heart disease, hypertension, adult on-set diabetes, obesity, and stroke.
Weight gain happens when we eat more of the calories we regularly need for the normal functions of our body and for the usual daily physical activity that we habitually do. The reverse is that weight loss occurs when we do eat lower calories, then we use more energy, thru our normal physical activity. Simply put, if you want to say no to gaining extra weight, just do what is stated above, eat less calories and do more physical activity. Yeah, that’s just easy to say – “simply put.” But it is a very difficult thing to do if we are already used to a lifestyle that would certainly lead to gaining weight. Below are just some of the lifestyle or habits that we are unaware of that is slowly giving us the extra pounds:
Sizes of food portions:
There were expert studies done that showed portions of food years before. Those that are served in fast food restaurants or in packaged food displayed in grocery stores, are smaller compared to the portions being sold nowadays. Probably because food manufacturers are giving us larger food sizes. Yet we still consume them and these makers continue to increase the food portions. Because they will have more profits. Also, the trend on buffet-style restaurants caught on because we, as consumers. Consider it a value for our money when we can eat more than what we have paid for so we became gluttonous. We weighed more, we became fatter and the restaurant owners became richer. Well, all we have to do is to stop eating when we feel full, don’t consume the whole portion, and put the left-over in the fridge. Stay away from buffet restaurants too.
Food in supermarkets nowadays, are market as “low-fat”. But some expert dieticians say that these, so called, “low-fat” food may have lower fat content, true, but might possibly contain more sugar. Food with high sugar levels still contain high calories which would still lead to weight gain. So before choosing the food that you would pay for, read carefully the nutritional labels.
During holidays when family members gather together or even during parties or special events. Sometimes our good meaning relatives and friends would force us to eat more of the food that was serve. If you are saying no to weight gain. It wouldn’t hurt if we say no to their offer in a nice and polite way.
Using more of our modern gadgets can contribute to weight gain. While watching television, we sometimes are tempted to eat some chips, or pizza, or ice cream. Spending more time in social media through our powerful, excellently designed gadgets can lead to lesser physical activity. Avoid these habits and keep yourself physically active.
Factors giving you stress more than you can handle, will sometimes lead you to eat more as a form of relieving those stresses. Eating more of cakes, ice cream, chocolates – these are the food that usually make us happy and stress-free, be it for just a while. Avoid stress then, do more exercises, or take more rest, or maybe take a long vacation from time to time.
There were studies done previously that discovered regularly having a few hours of sleep can lead to slow weight gain. Experts agree that there is a strong link between lack of sleep and gaining weight. A simple solution here is to get more sleep, period.