True Cause of Weight Gain: Fakes and Facts

cause of weight gain

How do we feel about information spread all over the Internet that the true cause of weight gain in only 20% of cases is overeating (energy surplus in the body), and the main culprits are food allergies, not digestion and hormonal failure?

Myths around the “true” cause of weight gain

It sounds beautiful and with a clear promise to pass expensive tests and a subsequent visit to a miracle doctor, of course, also not for free. With such statistics, 8 out of 10 overweight owners will not lose weight from diet and training, but transformation competitions in fitness clubs in which a huge number of people participate in 99% of cases bring fantastic results. By the way, hormonal failure is not able to violate the law of conservation of energy, but this is certainly not an appeal to ignore this problem.

Why do not you lose weight

This is what Lyle McDonald writes in his recent work, entitled “The Reason You’re Not Losing Weight” (by the way, he reinforces each statement with references to research).

cause of rapid weight gain

You eat more than you think. Studies show that people can underestimate food intake by at least 20-50%. That is, according to their idea, they practically do not eat anything, but in reality, they have a bad memory or have trouble with a concentration on their actions. Remember the fables about the fact that “I do not eat anything and get fatter”?

You overcharge calories. This means that you overestimate how many calories you burn as a result of exercise and at home. Do you know those who like a squirrel in a wheel spinning in an office of 20 sq.m? ⠀

You compensate for the deficit created during the week by overeating on the weekend. From Monday to Saturday, you were in short supply of 400 kcal/day, and on Sunday, ate 5000, thereby crossing out all the work done on previous days. Do you know those? We know!⠀

Also, weight loss is masked by short-term water retention. This is one of the things that can happen on a diet. Cortisol, whose dietary activity is extremely high, can affect water retention.