Obesity is a growing problem in our society, but the factors leading to it are complex. One factor that is often overlooked is inflammation, which can play a role in both weight gain and the development of chronic diseases associated with obesity. So, what’s the connection between inflammation and obesity and how can you manage it (and finally lose the weight)?
What is inflammation?
Inflammation is an immune system response to something in the environment that it perceives as harmful or dangerous. It’s actually a good thing in some ways—it’s your body’s way of protecting itself from infection or injury. However, if it becomes chronic, it can lead to chronic diseases like diabetes, heart disease, and even cancer.
How Does Inflammation Contribute to Obesity?
Research shows that inflammation can contribute to obesity in several ways. For one thing, inflammation has been linked to changes in metabolism that make it easier for fat cells to store more energy than they should. Additionally, there’s evidence that inflammation might also increase hunger and cravings for unhealthy foods high in sugar and fat. This means that people who are already prone to overeating may have an even harder time controlling their eating habits when their bodies are producing higher levels of inflammatory chemicals. Does this feel familiar?! Finally, chronic inflammation can cause fatigue and low energy levels which can lead people to become less active—another contributing factor for weight gain.
Managing Inflammation-Related Weight Gain
The key to managing inflammation-related weight gain is learning how to reduce levels of inflammation in the body while also making healthy lifestyle choices like eating nutritious foods and exercising regularly. Eating anti-inflammatory foods like fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, nuts & seeds, olive oil & fatty fish can help reduce levels of inflammation while avoiding processed food with added sugars or trans fats will help you maintain a healthy weight over time. Additionally, getting regular exercise helps keep your body fit and improves your overall health by reducing stress hormones which are known contributors of inflammation as well. But every human body is unique and requires a unique approach.
At INHSTL, we want to help you understand the link between inflammation and your weight. We have a team of practitioners ready to help you determine how to tackle inflammation and weight gain so you can finally achieve the weight loss you desire.
Call us at 314-293-8123 to learn more about our nutrition counseling and weight management programs.