6 Factors that Predict Weight Gain
We always ask our selves what are the main factors that cause people to gain weight?
Here are some of the finding Troy Purdom, MS and Le Kravitz, PhD found out.
- Eating High Calorie Foods – Primarily regular consumption of
- potato chips and potatoes (french fries, mashed, baked and boiled potatoes.
- Red meat, processed meats (bacon, salami, sausage and luncheon meats, and unprocessed red meats (beef, hamburger, pork, lamb).
- Butter, sweets and desserts and
- refined grains like white flower (flour tortillas, white bread) white rice and pasta.
2. Consuming Sugar Sweetened beverages (SSBs) – SSBa contain carbohydrates of various forms, such as high fructose corn syrup, sucrose and artificial sweeteners. Drinking SSBs has little impact in satisfying hunger so they can consume large quantities without suppressing their appetite.
3. Too little (or too much) Sleep – several epidemiological studies suggest that weight gain is influenced by sleeping less than 7 hours or more than 8 hours per night. Too little sleep can develop chronically impaired glucose metabolism, steadily contributing to obesity. Altering the regulation of these hormones contributes to increased hunger and appetite, especially for carbohydrate rich foods linked to weight gain. Ideally, sleeping 7-8 hours each night complements a successful weight management program.
4. Quantity of TV Watching – Length of time spent watching television is highly correlated with weight gain, especially in young people. Epidemiologic studies reveal that those who regularly watch more daily television per day tend to
- snack more while watching
- have higher overall caloric intake of foods, and
- consume more energy dense foods
5. Alcohol Overconsumption – Alcohol is very energy dense at 7 kcal per gram, it is second only to fat, with 9 kcal per gram; this creates a multitude of health issues.
6. Inactivity – In studies conducted over the past 15 years, scientist have noted an inverse relationship between walking and weight gain, suggesting that the more people walk, the less likely they are to gain weight.
Weight Gain Solutions – Watching too much TV, not getting enough sleep, drinking too much alcohol and too many sugar sweetened beverages, eating high calorie food and eschewing physical inactivity are clear indicators of “obesogenic” lifestyle and should be targets of any behavior change plan designed to prevent weight gain.