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Psychological reasons for weight gain

We often talk and read articles about unhealthy foods, and about incorrect eating habits which cause us to put on weight. Very little is said, however, about the fact that weight gain also has psychological causes.

Psychologists from the University of Basel have observed among young people that arthritis and digestive system complaints are much more frequent following depression.

In many cases the overproduction or possible deficiency of certain hormones or enzymes cause an irresistible desire for sweet things. Although we cannot change this, we can possibly thwart the system somewhat.

There may be loads of reasons for a decline in good humour, lack of motivation or a bad mood. What we long for at such times is understanding, a companion, recognition, success, support, emotional security and balance, or anything which can snap us out of this state. Though these conditions often have really trivial causes, such as lack of sleep or exhaustion.

It is also good to know that studies have demonstrated, that people who sleep for less than seven hours have a higher body mass index.

How can this be?

When we don’t get enough sleep, the level of leptin, the hormone which indicates we are full, falls, whilst the level of ghrelin responsible for the hungry feeling increases. It is no wonder that we are as hungry as wolves all day, and what makes matters worse is that lack of sleep results in a higher level of the stress hormone, cortisol, which specifically blesses us with a hunger for carbohydrates.

Whoever sleeps even less than six hours a day, they are messing themselves up via their insulin receptors too, as this significantly reduces their sensitivity, which leads to a higher insulin level and thus increases the risk of diabetes. So you need to sleep, to have a good a rest, but if you can’t get to sleep, or you have a sleep disorder, it is worth getting help, because self-mortification has a price!

How can we help ourselves or our partner?

The most important thing is to develop a system or a daily routine, which is something to hang onto in everyday life. In this timetable you don’t only need to plan everyday duties, but also your meals. Unplanned meals often end up being taken in a fast food restaurant, or just by devouring the contents of the fridge in the evening, if you have missed all your meals during the day.

We also paid great attention to this when developing the Turbo Dieta Plans, as regular meals and intake of nutrients is the basis of all this. Regular meals make you more balanced, you will have energy all day, your body will feel it is safe, your metabolism will take on an ideal rhythm, and will not be compelled to store anything up.

Familiarise yourself with the 14, 30, 60 and 90 day Turbo Dieta plans and develop new eating habits, which you will be able to maintain in the long run too.