The Surprising Reasons You Are Putting On Extra Pounds

At this point in our society, if you are a woman living in the United States you pretty much think that you know the ins and outs of weight loss. This doesn’t necessarily mean that we always abide by that information, in fact, statistically, most Americans are proving to do quite the opposite.

With almost 70 percent of the U.S. population being overweight, according to the Food Research and Action Center, there is obviously something that is not clicking with the majority of the people out there. This might be due to the lack of real nutrition knowledge out there concerning what actually does cause people to gain weight. In order to help you get in the know, below are a few of the lesser known reason why people pack on the pounds.

You Eat What Your Friends Eat

If you are the odd man out of your friend group that seems to be getting fat, while the rest of the gang remain their normal, thin selves, than you may want to reevaluate your stress level. If you are more stressed out than your friends, and you guys are all eating the same things (more or less), then that stress could be the culprit.

A study published in Biological Psychiatry found that people eating high fat foods who were stressed out gained more weight than people who were not stressed that were eating the same foods. In order to combat this phenomena, swap out foods that are high in fat with healthier meals during your moments of stress, and save your fatty foods for the happier occasions. 

You Can’t Resist a Deal

It turns out shopping at the discount food mart may be saving you money, but costing you your health. Buying your food in bulk has shown to be directly linked to obesity. Although the reason why this is happening is speculated, it is thought to be due to the fact that things bought in bulk are usually highly processed, non-perishable goods, as opposed to fresh and nutritious. 

You Are Working Out More Than Anyone You Know

If you are working out a lot, then you are going to be hungry afterwards. Especially if you are doing high intensity exercises. Wanting to eat a considerable amount after a workout is normal, you just need to make sure you aren’t overdoing it in a way that is negating all your hard work. It is also normal to be more sedentary during your time not spent at the gym, which can cause for weight gain, despite all your activity during your exercise routines. 

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