Weight loss: this little-known factor that makes you gain weight

If you consider yourself overweight, you are more likely to gain weight.

Do you look in the mirror and see extra pounds? Do you complain about your thighs or love handles? Stop with that negative talk: Thinking you’re overweight could turn into a self-fulfilling prophecy.

British researchers have found that people who thought they were overweight were more likely to gain weight, according to a study published in the International Journal of Obesity.

Telling people they need to lose weight is not helpful; in fact, it often has the opposite effect, as the study results show. The study authors analyzed three data sets, two from the United States and one from the United Kingdom, comprising a total of about 14,000 people. All three data sets followed people for at least seven years.

The more overweight you think you are, the more weight you gain.

In two of the three data sets, about 40% of people thought they were overweight, and they gained nearly one point more in body mass index (BMI) (a person’s weight-to-height ratio) than those who did not consider themselves overweight. In the third study, about two-thirds of people considered themselves overweight and gained 0.3 BMI points more than those who did not consider themselves overweight. And this, whether or not the participants are overweight.

Focus on what you know

Many people who try to lose weight have failed multiple times. Multiple failures lead to a feeling of hopelessness. This is why people who want to lose weight should not worry about their weight. It may sound strange, but since many people feel like their weight is out of their control, it’s best to focus on what you have control over.

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This means two things: Diet and Exercise. Even 10 minutes of walking a day helps, and taking a food history is a great starting point for knowing where you came from and where you are going. The goal is to feel responsible and improve your health.

Pay attention to how you look at yourself

The study also showed that people who consider themselves overweight were more likely to overeat or eat under stress. It may be a form of learned helplessness, or even despair. When a person adopts an “I’m overweight” identity, they may feel that state as unchangeable and be less inclined to change.

Add to this the prejudice, stigma and embarrassment that overweight people experience, these negative moods can contribute to the maintenance of certain negative eating habits and patterns, including emotional eating.


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