Whilst we would never actively encourage you to try and conform to traditional beauty standards, there are times when we all feel like we want to lose weight. There are a multitude of reasons why this might be the case, from wanting to feel healthier to wanting your clothes to fit better.
If you do decide that you want to lose weight, firstly make sure you’re doing it for yourself and not for anyone else. Secondly, make sure to consider the following factors. They all contribute to weight gain and addressing them will make your weight loss easier.
Drinking alcohol in large quantities is something we’ve all done on occasion without really thinking about it.
Doctors recommend no more than a few units a week, however many of us have been guilty of consuming our weekly limit of units in one night. Not only does drinking alcohol increase your overall calorie consumption, but it also affects your blood sugar levels which leads to weight gain. Drinking excessively will undo any of the hard work you’re doing to reduce your weight.
Additionally, when you’re under the influence of alcohol, you’re much more likely to make poor decisions on food choices. If you’ve ever found yourself ordering take out at 3am, chances are you know the feeling.
Lack of Movement
Working a job which requires staying still for long periods of time can take its toll on your metabolism. A lot of people are so used to living a sedentary lifestyle, that they don’t even factor in how it’s affecting their overall health.
Making an effort to move more, even by doing an activity as simple as walking 30 minutes a day can have an enormous impact on your fitness level. Some people find that buying a fitness tracker, like a Fitbit, can help motivate them to get up and move more throughout the day.
When things get stressful at home or in the workplace, many of us turn to food for comfort. Since certain flavours can trigger the pleasure centre in the brain, food can be a source of temporary relief from the stresses of every day life. However, by comfort eating many of us inadvertently consume thousands of extra calories a week without even realising it.
Underlying Medical Condition
In some cases, weight gain can be attributed to something going on beneath the surface which calls for medical attention. If you suspect that you may be suffering from weight gain due to an undiagnosed medical condition, you should see your doctor immediately to rule out the possibility.