Sedentary jobs have been listed more than once as one of the main causes of weight gain for many people. There's one problem with that theory: many people have "sit-down jobs" and are very fit and lean.
And, there are many people who work on their feet who are very overweight. So, its not where you work that determines whether you will or are gaining weight.
Our culture encourages us to blame someone or sue someone in court to fix our problems. That works fine unless YOU are the cause of your problems.
In the fat loss and weight loss arena, YOU largely determine how much you will weigh. There are medical and genetic exceptions to this weight gain rule but that's a subject for another article. For purposes of this article, you are ultimately responsible for your body fat and body weight.
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Despite the popularity of many "other reasons" for our nation's overweight and obesity problem, I still maintain that the primary reason for your weight gain is a caloric imbalance.
Simply put, you will gain weight and fat if you consistently eat more calories than you burn. Some will say that theory is outdated. Don't believe them.
I realize its important to eat the right types of foods for nutrition and health. But, you will also gain weight if you eat too much of the healthy foods.
So, if you have a "sit-down" job, I would recommend that you move more. A standup desk is also a good idea to keep you active during the day.
Research proves that when you sit, your fat-burning enzymes basically shut down....when you stand during the day, those fat-burning enzymes go to work for you.
Try to stand as much as you can during the day and take walking breaks and lunches to activate your fat-burning enzymes! Any activity is good to go along with your regular workouts. All movement burns calories.
Don't blame your job if you're gaining weight. Make changes to your exercise, eating and lifestyle habits. These are the primary keys to you shaping and maintaining a lean and healthy body.
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Mark Dilworth, BA, PES