This is a pretty common question, and a challenge that many people face! It’s often merely assumed, by some, that overweight people are “greedy,” but in most cases this is far from the truth.
The problem is usually our sedentary lifestyles, and consuming a few extra calories here and there – throw in the addition of time, and you may find that your weight has really piled on!
Not getting enough exercise means that our energy requirements may not be as high as you’d expect. In fact, eating just a small amount more than you need each day will result in a steady weight increase over the years. Consider this – if you were to eat just 100 calories a day more than you require, this will result in an annual weight gain of 4.7 kg (10lb). Pretty shocking!
Something else to consider is that as we get older our metabolism tends to slow down very gradually, particularly once we reach around the thirties. Interestingly, it has been estimated that for every five years above the age of 30, we need to consume around 50 kcals a day less, to maintain our weight pre-30′s.
Obviously, there may be other factors contributing to weight gain, however I think it often boils down to these facts in one way, or another.
- Am I getting enough exercise? Recommendations suggest 30 minutes of moderately intense activity, 5 times each week.
- Am I overeating? Maybe you could keep a food journal, which will give you a better indication of how you’re doing.
- What can I reduce from my diet to save 50 kcals per day?