Do you have a few extra kilos on board right now? Do you feel tired and fatigued. How often have you heard someone say that they feel sluggish when they put on weight? Why is it that the moment excess weight is lost, you feel more energetic?
Obesity and weight gain cause complex changes within the body. Obviously the body has to work harder when a person is carrying extra weight. If you are 10 kilos overweight it is like carrying around a 10 kilo bag of potatoes and that of course makes a person feel tired. The body also has to supply blood to a much larger area, so subsequently has to work a lot harder. But those are not the main reasons. The main reason is the effect upon your energy powerhouse – the mitochondria.
When you have excess body fat or are overweight;
- Visceral body fat (fat around the abdomen) causes oxidative stress (think of this as being like a rusting effect that causes health problems) & inflammation (a fire within);
- The liver becomes overloaded with fats cells which increase oxidative stress further and produces more inflammation;
- The immune system produces hormones that cause even more inflammation;
- Insulin signaling is impaired and this results in altered expression of your genes & a reduced rate of utilization of sugar and fat by the mitochondria (energy powerhouse).
- You tend to have low muscle mass. Muscle cells contain up to 100 times the energy producing mitochondria, than any other cells.
- Higher levels of fat storage occur, increasing the whole high fat, low energy cycle;
- Excess glucose and inflammation decreases the replication of your mitochondria energy powerhouses
- Lack of natural stimulation to the body (hormesis) creates unhealthy mitochondria and accelerates ageing;
- Sleep apnea is increased.
If you are waking tired in the morning and you know that you snore, sleep apnea is likely. Sleep apnea along with each of the other factors, are related to excess fat mass and insufficient muscle mass.
Fortunately each of these factors is easily corrected with changes to dietary and lifestyle habits. Natural supplements can also help rebalance the body initially. but in the long term there is no other answer other than a sound fat loss diet and regular exercise. Life is for living, so don’t allow a few extra kilos to take over your life. Two new books, How to Fix Fatigue and How to Stop Metabolic Syndrome can help you take control of your life again.