Obesity and Weightloss
Why are you gaining weight?
If you started taking in more calories than usual or cut back on exercise, you wouldn’t be surprised if the numbers on the scales crept higher.
But what if you're doing everything the same as you always do and your weight still goes up? It's time to delve a little deeper into what else might be going on.
Lack of sleep
There are two issues at work with sleep and weight gain. The first is intuitive. If you're up late, the odds are greater that you'll eat some late night snacks that will increase your calorie intake.
The other reason involves what's going on biochemically when you're sleep deprived. Changes in hormone levels increase hunger and appetite and also make you feel less full after eating.
When life's demands get too intense, our body goes into survival mode. Cortisol, the 'stress hormone,' is secreted, which causes an increase in appetite. We may also reach for high-calorie comfort foods in times of stress. This combination is a perfect breeding ground for weight gain.
The role of insulin is to allow cells of the body to take in glucose to be used as fuel or stored as body fat.
It also means that glucose is more likely to build up in the blood and this can lead to too high blood sugar levels.
When the body becomes resistant to insulin, it tries to cope by producing more insulin. People with insulin resistance are often producing too more insulin than healthy people.
Producing too much insulin is known as hyperinsulinemia.