What to know about weight and fat.

Many people believe that there’s nothing that can be done about their weight or use that as an excuse to not do anything about it. There are many contributing factors to obesity. The major one is a genetic predisposition to obesity. Many years ago scientists discovered a gene in certain fat mice and named it the fatso gene. Years later in a test for markers that increased vulnerability to diabetes the fatso gene was also there. This gene was now named FTO. Scientists now suspect there may be as many as 100 fat genes which all can contribute a little weight but in total add up to a lot. If each gene added just 1 pound that would be 100 pounds.

Also, some people just have more fat cells than others. Fat cells remain even after weight loss. The fat cells of overweight people also tend to hold more fat.

At the cellular level, when a person gains weight their metabolism slows down. As we age it is also slowing down. As the metabolism slows down it becomes harder to lose weight and fat.

Another contributing factor to weight gain is stress. Stress causes cravings for carbohydrate rich foods which calm stress hormones. It also causes a storage of fat for energy for use in the fight or flight reaction. When danger was approaching, the body required extra energy to react. Today, that energy is pent up and unused causing the body to just store it and it accumulates in the mid section. Stress relief such as yoga or a calming activity are great ways to help in the weight loss journey. Exercise itself is another way to reduce stress. It creates chemicals that go to your pleasure center and make you feel better and more relaxed.

While this all looks bad, there is hope. Regardless of what you do, getting any form of exercise is a huge help in reducing weight as well as speeding the metabolism up. Combined with proper nutrition, exercise is imperative to losing weight and keeping it off as well as making you feel better. When a person gains lean muscle mass the metabolic rate of calorie burn is increased which in turn burns more fat.

I can attest from my weight loss that when I was overweight it was becoming harder to do anything at all. Being a man over 40 who was completely out of shape, depressed and with COPD it was extremely hard to get off my lazy butt to do anything let alone to exercise. This fed into itself and the cycle just kept getting worse. With the help of a couple of Beachbody coaches who helped motivate me I was able to begin my fitness journey. Once I began working out moderately and eating better I began to feel much better and was able to do more. As time went on I began to feel healthy and now I crave the exercise while my body rejects the foods that put me in my overweight condition.

One addition to my fitness that I believe got me started on losing weight is Shakeology. With the addition of this nutritional meal replacement my metabolism has definitely increased and my digestion has improved. It’s a quick and easy way to get many nutrients the body needs in a quick and good tasting shake that can be combined with many different items such as fruits. It contains protein as well as probiotics and prebiotics as well as digestive enzymes. Shakeology is NOT a fast fix or a weight loss gimmick. This is an addition to a proper meal plan that can be used as a meal replacement while giving a body the nutrition it lacks at a reasonable price.

When beginning a weight loss journey with exercise and nutrition it’s important to get the right foods. Eating enough calories to fuel your body is extremely important and will help in weight loss.

The four basic rules to healthy eating are:

1. Consume carbs in the form of whole grains and fiber.
2. Avoid trans fats and saturated fats.
3. Eat lean protein.
4. Fill up on fruits and vegetables.

Following this guideline to eating combined with exercise will help shred the inches as well as making you feel much healthier.

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Author:Michael McDonald

Fitness nut who golfs and rides motorcycles. Diagnosed with COPD in 2009 which got me started on a healthier path in my life. Now I share my experience to help give people hope.

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