Gaining Weight – Why?
Why are you gaining weight? Of course the short answer is that you’re consuming more calories than you’re burning, but the next question of course is why you eat as much as you eat, or are eating the types of foods that you choose.
Today’s eating patterns and choices are about much more than just feeding and nourishing ourselves. Food is a commodity that is sold for profit, which means that food processors, grocers, restaurants, and other businesses want to sell as much as possible for even more profit. This means that marketing and advertising come into play; they make you feel that you’re hungry the same way they make you feel as if you need new clothes or a new car or other items.
Emotions often play a large role in what we eat as well. Eating releases endorphins, those “feel good” chemicals in the brain that bring about a sense of calm and happiness. Foods that are especially fattening seem to make a person feel even better; think sugary treats, fried foods, and simple carbohydrates. So when you’re upset or lonely or anxious, you may reach for something to eat.
In some cases eating may also be something of a form of entertainment. If you’re bored, you head into the kitchen or go out for ice cream. When you settle down with a movie, you naturally include chips or popcorn.
If you can understand the reasons for eating too much and for eating too often, you can then take the next steps in making changes. Be aware of what you’re eating and of your activity levels and make small changes that will get your weight under control.