Just about everyone experiences some episode in life that results in an unwanted, and often troubling weight gain. The reasoning behind why we gain weight is sometimes apparent, while at other times the gain is a mystery that leads us to examine our lifestyles more closely in an attempt at correction. Regardless of the reasons, there is usually some personal action we can undertake to maintain weight without the use of extreme measures such as diet drugs or starvation dieting. The overwhelming majority of the reasons why we gain weight are fairly simple in scope, and can be remedied with the application of basic common sense and a desire to maintain good health.
The most probable reason why we gain weight is because of poor diet – our caloric and fat intake exceeds what is appropriate and normal in the amounts that we ingest. This is not to suggest that individuals battling weight gain change dietary habits to one of deprivation, but moderation in just about every aspect of life is a good thing, especially when it comes to food consumption. All of those 200 and 300 calorie snacks we eat daily, including a glass of soda here and there, add up to thousands of calories weekly. Rather than counting calories daily, our view of our eating habits needs to be expanded to a weekly or monthly basis, and by doing so we can get a better grasp of why we gain weight.
Another common reason you may be gaining weight is because of a lack of activity, in particular, steady daily physical exercise. It is an easy excuse to fool ourselves that we get plenty of activity, but in realistic terms, it takes hours of grunting, sweating exercise to burn of the fat and calories ingested in one large bowl of ice cream or a few pastries. A lack of exercise results in a much higher percentage of caloric intake remaining in our bodies, and eventually turning to fat deposits. Individuals that partake in a regular physical fitness regime not only burn the calories while active, but raise their metabolism so they are even burning calories when at rest.
Other possible reasons why you are gaining weight may be due to a physical issue, such as a metabolic disorder or water retention. Even certain drugs prescribed by a physician can result in unwanted weight gain as a side-effect. In any case of weight gain, if an individual cannot resolve the problem after a significant personal effort, it is perhaps prudent to seek the counsel of a health care professional to ensure that a serious medical issue is not the culprit behind the weight gain.