Surprising Facts About Weight

Weight issues have become a foremost problem among many people today. It seems quite a puzzle for some to effectively lose excess weight and maintain it at a healthy range. Even though if two people make the same effort into losing weight, the results that they come up with may not always be the same. Some people seem to find it easy to lose weight while others find it quite easy to do so. Here are some surprising facts that might provide people with some important clues about their weight.

It is actually genetic.

While most people believe that weight gain may primarily be a result of one’s own diet and lifestyle, there seems to be a genetic component to this. Researchers have discovered what they call as the fatso gene in studies made with overweight mice. The said gene, which is now known as the FTO gene, were also discovered to show up in a study of the human genome to determine a person’s increased vulnerability to type 2 diabetes. The scientists further discovered that people with two copies of the said gene were known to be 40 percent more likely to develop diabetes and 60 percent more likely to become obese. Those with one copy of the gene are also known to gain more weight as well.

More sleep can help people lose more weight.

While most people may believe that sleeping more may cause one to gain weight, the opposite seems to be true. The more people sleep, at least 7 to 8 hours a day, the more they seem to be capable to lose weight. And there is a reason to this. Researchers at the University of Chicago reported that sleep deprivation can cause the body to experience hormonal imbalances. This can further lead to a decrease in leptin levels which helps one to feel full. Not only that, it can also lead to an increase of ghrelin levels, which is a hunger trigger. This results in people who lack sleep to feel more instances of hunger that may cause them to eat more.

You can be fat and yet be fit.

While conventional knowledge may tell you that normal weight and good health is closely related to each other, this may not necessarily be the case. According to a recent study, size does not necessarily matter when it comes to your health. A study that was published in the Archives of Internal Medicine surveyed 5,440 American adults and discovered that 51 percent of those overweight and 32 percent of those who were considered obese have showed mostly normal blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol levels.

 

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