Five Factors That Affect Weight

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Several diseases have been linked to weight. Although losing weight has become more of a trend than a way of warding of such diseases, it still remains pertinent to understand the key factors affecting it.

While some people may find losing weight very easy, it remains a struggle for others. Studies have discovered underlying factors that affect weight.

  • Genetics

It is not surprising that genetics play a role in weight gain or loss, as it seems to do so in many other aspects of the human life. A defective version of the MC4R gene has been implicated. Research shows that people who have this defective version tend to be more hungry and crave unhealthy foods. Nothing much can be done about this but knowing this can help in diet and exercise modifications.

  • Gut Flora

A Danish study conducted last year showed that the gut flora dictates how much weight one can lose. This study revealed that the proportion of some bacteria in the gut may be responsible for how much weight one is able to lose. Healthy diet rich in fiber have been shown to increase the number of gut bacteria. Sources of fiber include wholegrain foods, nuts, pulses vegetables etc.

  • Hormones

Hormonal Imbalances have been shown to affect your weight.Although insulin is a major culprit, there are other hormones that affect your weight and health. These hormones can become balanced through regular exercise, avoiding stress and fiber rich diets.

Other factors like food timing and food substitution have been shown to affect weight. It is however important to have these factors in mind when embarking on a fitness journey.


About The Author

Chinazo Iloeje is a Medical Doctor at Garnetcare Medical Center, Abuja. She hopes that through her writing, new health discoveries and other important health information would be made known to all Africans.

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