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Less known reasons why weight loss measures may fail

by Ion Gireada on 17 February 2015
Health, Lifestyle, Nutrition     |      beta-blockers,  blue light,  brown fat,  Weight loss,  white fat

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People are getting frustrated when they see the pounds accumulate, and look at the usual suspects such as spending too much time watching TV or skipping physical activities.

Resorting to weight loss measures, one starts to exercise more, have a healthy diet, and drinking plenty of water. Despite all these, the pounds simply refuse to shed. Some of the reasons why weights persists follow.

Not getting enough brown fat from white fat

Similar to having bad cholesterol (LDL) and good cholesterol (HDL), our bodies also have bad fat (white) and good fat (brown). White fat increases the risk of heart attack and diabetes, the brown fat helps burn more calories. By cutting down calories on a diet with drastic measure, you are in face damaging the body’s ability to convert white fat into brown fat. The hungrier a person is, the less white fat is converted to brown fat, resulting in weight gain. Alternatively, by consuming enough food to remove the hungry sensation encourages the conversion of white fat into brown fat, according to researchers at Yale School of Medicine.

“It’s actually eating that encourages white fat to turn brown. Pay attention to your hunger and eat just enough to quell it,” suggests Dr Xiaoyong Yang, PhD of Yale School of Medicine.

You take pills with adverse effects on weight loss

Most people are fully aware of the side effects of the medicine we take, but weight gain is not on that list. Birth control pills, beta-blockers for heart disease and blood pressure, medications for diabetes and anti-seizure, anti-cancer pills, and variants of treatments for rheumatoid arthritis will bring additional pounds and reduce the ability to lose weight.

When I see patients who are helplessly trying to lose pounds, I start looking at their medications,” says Steven D Wittlin, MD clinical director of the endocrine-metabolism division at the University of Rochester Medical Centre in NY. “That’s a biggie. Some may affect appetite; some may affect metabolism.” If you suspect your prescription is affecting your waistline, your doctor may be able to find an alternative treatment that won’t have that particular side effect.

You spend too much time with electronic devices late at night

A healthy lifestyle requires you to stop using electronic devices at least one hour before going off to sleep. As electronic gadgets emit blue light, your sleep-inducing hormone production is disrupted, making you more likely to stay awake and alert. An easy to follow strategy for losing weight is to get at least seven hours of sleep every night. Getting less than this amount of sleep, you will feel sluggish, have a slow metabolism, and experience the effects of higher levels of stress-hormone and blood sugar, as well as increased resistance to insulin. These conditions promote hunger and fat storage.

Try going to bed early, but if you cannot, grab a cup of chamomile tea or warm milk for a better sleep.

Less known reasons why weight loss measures may fail

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  • Roman Florian

    This is a nice method, but if you decided to lose weight and change your lifestyle, I wrote about it on my blog .