Top Five Things that Make Us Fat

May 22 08:08 2008 Craig Pepin-Donat Print This Article

There is only one thing that makes people fat, and that is excess calories. It takes a deficit or surplus of 3,500 calories to lose or gain one single pound of body fat. Here are the top five things that can make you fat.

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There is only one thing that makes people fat,Guest Posting and that is excess calories. It takes a deficit or surplus of 3,500 calories to lose or gain one single pound of body fat. The three factors that the deficit or surplus is decided on are these: The first is your resting metabolic rate (RMR); just by breathing and living everyone burns a certain number of calories. Let's list the two remaining factors: calories consumed from the food and beverages you take in, and calories burned through some sort of physical activity, such as exercise. What is left is a surplus of calories (weight gain) or deficit of calories(weight loss). Many people gain weight because they consume excessive calories or because they don't consider how quickly small amounts of calories add up. The top five things that can make you fat are:

1. CoffeeYou may be thinking, "How can coffee make me fat?" After all, it's only water and caffeine, which has no calories. Enter what I call "the Starbucks effect.' Today, many people have become addicted to flavored, oversized coffee drinks and their high-caloric content. If you think your Starbucks coffee run is harmless, consider that a Venti Mocha Frappucino® has 346 calories, a Venti Caramel Macchiato® with whole milk has a whopping 312 calories, and even a grande latte that has non-fat milk has over 200 calories. Every squirt of caramel, mocha, or other flavorings will cost you approximately 75 calories; every sugar packet, another 25 calories. Can you believe that by making a Starbucks run, or someplace similar, twice a day, you could be consuming over 500 calories a day on coffee drinks. Based on a five-day workweek, that's 2,500 calories a week or 10,000 calories a month. Over the course of a year, there are enough calories in your coffee indulgences to pack on over 34 pounds.

2. AlcoholSo working hard is stressful. When it's over, all you want to do is to sit down, relax, and have a drink or two to "take the edge off." Sound familiar? Millions of people rely on that glass of wine, a gin and tonic, or a martini to feel better at the end of the day. The average drink has approximately 150 calories, and if you happen to be partial to mixed or exotic drinkslike daiquiris, mojitos, cosmopolitans or other tasty libationsthe calorie count is substantially higher. Two average drinks can cost you 300 calories a day or 2,100 calories a week. So drinking this regularly adds over 2 pounds each month and 24 pounds each year.

3. Low-Fat, Fat-Free, Low-Calorie, and Sugar-Free FoodsIf you've tracked the increase of overweight and obese people in the United States, you might have noticed that it mirrors the proliferation of foods marketed to make us thin. For years we have been tricked into thinking that we can eat more and weigh less, but it doesn't work that way. The best way to weigh less is to move more and eat less. Read labels for calories per portion, and watch the size of your portions. Any time you eat directly out of a box or bag, you are setting yourself up for potential weight-gain. Try taking a portion or two out of the box or bag and putting it in a bowl.

4. DietsEvery year more than 70 million people attempt to lose weight by going on a diet. 95 percent will gain the weight back and more. Most will gain even more weight than were trying to lose when they started the diet. There are three specific reasons that this happens. First, when you dramatically reduce your caloric intake, your body responds by protecting its fat stores by slowing down your resting metabolism. A lower metabolic rate means you will burn fewer calories at rest. Second, many diets reduce carbohydrates, which are the primary energy source needed for physical activity. This tends to make you fatigued and less likely to increase your activity. Third, many diets force your body to convert protein from your muscle tissue for energy. Lean muscle tissue is your body's fat-burning machinery and allows you to burn more calories at rest. When you lose weight, you want it to be from fat, not from lean muscle tissue.

5. Lack of Physical ActivityThe number one reason people give for not exercising is time. We can't find time to exercise, yet the average person watches television for 4½ hours every day. It has been proven that small amounts of physical activity can have a big impact on your weight and your health. There are very inexpensive "low-sweat" solutions for increasing your physical activity that you can perform in as few as 10 to 15 minutes a daywhile watching television. Little moves can create big results.

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Craig Pepin-Donat
Craig Pepin-Donat

A dynamic public speaker and educator, Craig Pepin-Donat has trained literally thousands of people within the fitness industry, all over the world. He founded as an ongoing platform to "protect and enhance the lives of health and fitness consumers.

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