Being overweight is a topic which must have been addressed, in different ways, millions of times over. As soon as somebody acknowledges that they have become overweight, they often start to show a keen interest in how to shed the new weight and return to normal. It’s something that’s easy to talk about, but much more difficult to do. A multi billion dollar industry has grown up around it.
Much less mentioned is how people actually put the weight on. Slim people don’t usually plan on becoming fat and often don’t believe it will happen to them, regardless of whatever lifestyle they lead. Therefore, there’s not much point in writing for them if they’re not going to read it.
Still, it continues to happen to slim people all around the world. They get fat. Most of them believe that they are ‘temporarily fat’ at first and that somehow, they’ll get back in shape and it’s nothing to worry about. It takes a while of being ‘temporarily fat’ before these people face up to the fact that nothing is changing for them. It’s at this point they wish they’d known how to avoid getting into that state.
Everyone is different, but in developed countries there are a number of common factors linking those who put on non-muscle weight. Perhaps most blamed is the body’s metabolism slowing down. This happens to many people around the age of 30. People notice themselves putting on weight even though they may not have changed their lifestyle in any way – their eating habits have not changed and they do the same amount of physical activity. It has been suggested that drinking coffee or tea can speed up your metabolism, however these drinks contain drugs which can have other effects on your health.
Another major factor is lifestyle. Throughout school, most kids are physically active every day, playing sports, games, competing and training. In college this drops off a bit, but we still might exercise a couple times a week and we tend to walk a lot. When we start work, especially in office jobs, we start to put on weight as we cease to do physical activity and don’t burn the calories we eat. A simple and very effective way to deal with this is to leave the car at home and cycle to work. There are so many benefits to this, it’s simply amazing. You end up with a healthier body and a healthier bank balance in addition to a calmer state of mind. The combination of exercise and fresh air before work will likely make you much more productive, too, meaning it’s good for your career.
The other major culprit is poor lifestyle choices. Many of us pick up unhealthy habits around college time – smoking, binge drinking, eating junk food, not sleeping enough and so on. Our young bodies can handle the punishment. At first it starts as a series of one-offs or treats. Then it becomes a way of life. College students are often thought to be lazy. This probably comes about from an unhealthy lifestyle. As college ends and we are forced to wear our big boy and big girl pants every day, the smart ones kick the bad lifestyle into touch and start taking care of themselves. Others don’t. Some might get top jobs paying big bucks. These young professionals move to places like New York where they spend their paychecks exploring different restaurants, bars and clubs. This lifestyle is certainly swankier than the one they lived in college, but essentially it’s the same – blowing their money, polluting their bodies with alcohol and fatty, highly processed foods and not sleeping enough.
Bags start appearing under their eyes, their waistline expands to the point where it’s easily noticed even under baggy clothes and they are permanently tired. Even worse, even though they are just about to hit 30, they look around ten years older.
The key to not getting fat is lifestyle. Eat healthily, do exercise. Take responsibility for yourself. There is no point in pointing the blame at your parents, McDonald’s or the government. You are doing this to yourself.