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10 Lifestyles That Lead To Extra Pounds

Updated on May 26, 2008

I am a little overweight. It's not that much but I still want to lose these extra pounds. Also, I don't like diets, so I was trying to find out how to lose weight without dieting. During my research, besides the well known weight loss methods such as exercise or restriction of fast food, I found some not-so-obvious reasons why people actually become overweight. And so I compiled this list of things which you could take into account if you are trying to lose some weight. (The list is in no particular order)

1. Prolonged TV Watching

Prolonged TV watching is a strong risk for obesity. Accoriding to the recent research people who watch around two hours of TV per day are much more likely to be overweight than those who watched only half an hour per day. When you watch TV you are virtually motionless: your heart rate, blood pressure and metabolic rate decline, resulting in burning 20 to 30 calories less per hour.

2. Eating Too Fast

It is a habit of most people living in a fast paced society. Eating fast lets you eat too much before you are fully aware of it. Scientists suppose that fast eating is a risk factor for the metabolic syndrome, a combination of the symptoms such as high blood pressure, obesity, high cholesterol, and insulin resistance.

3. Emotional Eating - Eating To Manage Feelings

Emotional eating is the practice of consuming large quantities of food (usually "comfort" or junk foods) in response to feelings (such as depression, anxiety, or loneliness) instead of hunger. Many of us turn to food to relieve emotional tension simply because it works. And experts estimate that 75% of overeating is caused by emotions.

4. Fast Food Consumption

One of the big reasons we're seeing more obesity in our society these days is that people are probably too stressed and busy to make healthy dinners at home, often opting to get fast food a the nearest drive-thru instead. Fast foods are known for having high content of saturated and trans-fat, low content of fiber and massive portion sizes, which lead to obesity.

5. Task Snacking

If you often eat meals or snacks while working by yourself in front of your computer, while driving, watching TV, or standing at the kitchen counter, shopping with a friend, or talking on the phone, it's likely that the "task snacking" eating style is increasing your odds of becoming overweight.

6. Too Busy To Exercise

With all the demands on your schedule, exercise may be one of the last things on your to-do list. If so, you're not alone. Americans live a more sedentary lifestyle than we have in past generations, yet our minds seem to be racing from everything we have to do.

If you need some good reason to start exercising, here is a list of scientifically proven health benefits of exercise.

7. Lack Of Sleep

Studies show that the less people sleep, the more likely they are to be overweight or obese. People who report sleeping 5 hours a night, for example, are much more likely to become obese compared to people who sleep 7-8 hours a night.

8. Having Obese Friends And Relatives

If you're putting on weight, you might want to take a look at who you're hanging around with. A study published in the July 26, 2007 edition of the New England Journal of Medicine suggests that obesity may be "socially contagious." The study found that your chances of becoming obese are much higher if someone you are closely connected to becomes obese.

9. Credit Cards

Your plastic may be affecting more than just your credit score. Visa conducted a study of 100,000 fast-food restaurant transactions and found that people who pay for their food with a credit card spend 30% more than those who pay with cash. For the average woman, who visits a fast-food restaurant once a week, that adds an extra 17,160 calories, or 4.9 pounds, per year.

10. Missing Meals

Research shows that people who eat breakfast are less likely to be overweight, and that morning meals seem to help those who've lost weight to keep it off. Denise Bruner, MD, obesity specialist and former president of the American Society of Bariatric Physicians, says that skipping meals of any kind results in a "tremendous bout of compensatory hunger."


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    • GoogleCashMoney profile image

      GoogleCashMoney 9 years ago from Mumbai, India

      Thanks. It will help to solve my Weight Management issue.

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      Kimberly Edwards 9 years ago

      These habitual lifestyles absolutely promote weight gain and simply being unhealthy! They all make sense...When you know you practice any of these lifestyles, make some changes, and you can lose weight naturally! Thanks so much for sharing this compiled list!

      Kimberly Edwards :)

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      MrMarmalade 9 years ago from Sydney

      I agree with most do not sleep well and have lost an extreme amount of weight.

      Still there always exceptions to every rule.