Namely, it is not that easy to be in shape even if you regularly exercise or a physically active, mostly due to our changed diet which is based on unhealthy and fast foods.
Even more alarming is the fact that a growing number of children are obese, some of them even born thus. For instance, there are certain communities in India where 40% of the population is overweight. What’s more, according to statistics, it is predicted that half of the world’s population will have weight issues soon.
Moreover, obesity leads to numerous other health problems, including an increased risk of diabetes, cardiac problems, high blood pressure, thyroid problems, digestive disorders, gout, ulcers, as well as physical and psychological stress.
However, obese people eat more than their body needs. Namely, it has been shown that 1/3 of all the people in the world population eats 50% more food than they actually need. Apparently, if all people consume just the amount of food they really need, we can easily solve the problems with the shortage of water and food.
It is far from difficult to gain weight. In most cases, we become aware of it when it is too late. However, the leading causes of extra pounds are the following:
Unhealthy diet– The larger part of the food we eat are either fast foods or full of chemicals, sugar and other dangerous substances. We regularly consume bread, pastries, flour, bakes, fried foods, sugary desserts, processed, packaged foods, and drink unhealthy beverages like soft drinks.
No physical activity- The modern lifestyle is generally based on sitting, as we use machines for almost every single action during the day. We sit in front of computers for many hours, we have no time to walk in the park, or go to the gym. Moreover, almost all of us drive their own car, or catch a taxi, but we almost never walk.
Unhealthy lifestyle – insomnia, sleeping late, unpredictable working time, insomnia, etc.
Yet, people are often unaware whether they need to lose some weight or not. However, if you can notice that you have visible extra weight and do not feel comfortable anymore, you should implement some changes in your lifestyle.
You can check whether you are overweight or not with the help of the waist-to-hip (WTH) ratio and the fat percentage. These are established measuring procedures that will provide correct results.
In women, 25% and 2.3 % increase can be tolerated, but you should be cautious in case you have been 22% and you are 25% now. Moreover, you may be easily confused by checking lean body mass or BMI, so avoid doing it.
However, the simplest and best way to learn if you have gained weight is with the help of the clothes. If they are getting smaller and smaller, it is an alarming sign that you should do something for your body.
Also, people will often notice if you have excess pounds. Another sign that you are gaining weight is that you feel hungry even though you have just eaten.