You eat healthily and exercise regularly but still put on weight? Here come the reasons!

No matter how hard you try to exercise, some common habits in daily life can ruin your effort and make you gain weight even faster.

You stay away from fast foods and soft drinks, but still gain weight. If so, maybe you are making these following mistakes: 

Blue light 

Our body’s biological clock is significantly affected by the light. When the light intensity is low, our brains secrete melatonin, a hormone that makes you fall into sleep. 

However, blue light from electronic devices disrupts the brain’s ability to produce melatonin. As a result, your body loses the sense of time, and so you have a tendency to eat in improper time. Especially after the sunset, the metabolism’s productivity falls. Therefore, you are advised not to use smart phones, computers and televisions too much at night. 

Chronic stress

Stress raises the cortisol level, leading to insomnia. High level of cortisol also harms the muscles’ growth and makes the body resistant to insulin, increasing the risk of metabolic disorders and aging. 

The more stressed you are, the easier it is for your body to gain weight.

Cortisol gathers fatty acids in the blood, storing them in the abdomen. Because stored fat is not used, your body will need more calories to produce enough energy. Consequently, it becomes harder for you to have your weight under control. 


Some studies reveal that more than 30% of the people sleep less than 6 hours per night. Insufficient sleep reduces insulin sensitivity and causes you to gain weight. Sleepless night also negatively affects the body’s ability to build muscles. 

Growth hormone (GH) is secreted during the sleep. Besides, sleep is directly related to stress and the testosterone level. Each hour spent on sleeping skipped, the brain secretes adequate amount of cortisol and changes the body’s function from building muscles to storing fat. 

Even to healthy young men, insomnia causes a temporary glucose intolerance (insulin resistance) and increases the amount of food they eat. Various research findings have pointed out that sleeplessness results in a decrease of 18-20% in leptin and an increase of 24-28% in ghrelin, both of which contribute to fat buildup and muscle loss. 

Sleepless nights is one of the main causes of weight gain.

Sitting for too long 

When you spend most of your time sitting in the office, the muscles release more lipoprotein lipids, resulting in weight gain even when you exercise regularly. 

In addition, a research conducted in Kansas State University concluded that people who sit more than four hours a day are at higher risk of degenerative disease despite their great effort to go to the gym.

By: Chris Stewart

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