Weight management is an ongoing battle for many people, but your diet and lifestyle can either fight for you or against you when it comes to taming your weight. Truth be told, a typical Western diet and lifestyle can wreak havoc on your weight, but there are ways to help win the weight war.
But just what is a typical Western diet and lifestyle, and how can they work against a healthy weight? Glad you asked! Western diets are characterized by processed foods, including unhealthy carbs, fats and proteins which can also have toxins called obesogens in them that can lead to obesity. Likewise, the Western lifestyle is a stressed-filled one that is short on regular, adequate exercise and sufficient sleep. Combined, these can lead to a sluggish metabolism, imbalanced blood sugar levels, resulting in food cravings and weight gain as well as stress hormones (such as cortisol) which can also lead to overeating and weight gain.