Relaxing Leads To Weight Gain

You come home from a hard day at the office and the first thing you want to do is hit the couch for some good relaxation time. While this may sound like a healthy alternative after a grueling day, researching is now showing that relaxing in itself may add to the growing problem of obesity.

Relaxing is a Recipe for Gaining Weight


What could sound more harmless than stretching out on the couch for a couple of hours, taking a break from everything that needs to be done? According to new researching, being inactive is actually an active way to gain weight. Tel Aviv University’s Professor Amit Gefen recently conducted a study that shows cells turn into fat much faster if someone is sitting or lying down. Mechanically stretching cells in a technique similar to the way our bodies naturally stretch them when we sit or lie down, Professor Gefen discovered that stretched cells developed fifty-per cent more fat than those which had not been stretched.

More Than What You Eat

This study shows that gaining weight is more than just what we eat; instead, cells respond to the different environments we present them. Being a couch potato does mean that you’re doing nothing good for your body; instead, it means that you’re doing something bad for it, giving your cells the go-ahead to start producing fat which will increase your weight, giving you the potential to develop obesity-related health problems. Obesity can be a costly affair often leading to heart and other organ problems resulting in CT scans or even ultrasound.

What About TV and Chips?

Even if relaxing didn’t affect your body chemistry, it’s almost certain that the lounging lifestyle would. What is the first thing you want to do when you sit down on the couch? If you’re like most people, the answer would be turn on the television. What happens when you turn on the television? You become instantly hungry! Add junk foods such as soda and chips to the already fattening pastime of relaxation, and you are just asking for weight gain.

When Relaxing is Good

Just because too much relaxing can add pounds doesn’t mean that propping up your feet for a few minutes is a bad idea. Since stress is also a cause of weight gain, a little time spent watching a good movie on the couch might be exactly what you need to rid your mind of worry. Consider viewing relaxation as a reward for exercising; for instance, if you run on the treadmill for an hour after getting home from work, you can sit down in the recliner for equal time. If relaxing and eating come hand-in-hand, limit the amount of junk food in your house and replace your original fattening munchies for healthy, good snacks such as veggie sticks, fresh fruit, and a glass of green tea.

Getting a full eight-hours sleep is a must for anyone who wants to keep their body healthy; however, we must also keep in mind that time spent loafing is going to do destructive damage by destroying our body’s ability to lose weight. The next time you feel like collapsing into the Laz-Boy, consider taking a walk instead; you’ll thank yourself the next time you step up on the scales.

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