15 Reasons You Gained Weight that Have Nothing to Do with Food

What you eat and how much is just one piece of the puzzle

More than one-third – 34.9 percent or 78.6 million – of adults in the country are obese, according to the Journal of American Medicine, and there is no indication of the trend changing.

People think that weight gain is all about eating more and not exercising enough, but this is a huge misconception, Dr. Christopher Still, director of the Geisinger Health System Obesity Institute, says.[slideshow:99073]

There are many other factors that lead to extra inches around the waist no matter how hard you try to keep them off.

Many people follow strict healthy diets and workout regimens to lose weight, but they seem to have no effect. The process is much more complex than that; it’s a complicated and imperfect science. You may not even realize that you’re engaging in certain behavior that leads to weight gain.

In fact, polls show that both Americans and Europeans are flunking fitness – they don’t know what they are doing. Misinformation is a big factor in weight gain. For example, 61 percent of Europeans and 55 percent of Americans did not know the recommended daily calories intake

You may also be surprised to find out that metabolism is not such a major factor in gaining weight; lean muscle plays a much bigger role. A huge problem is that people generally become less active with time. “One of the biggest problems in the U.S. is certain medications,” Dr. Still adds.

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