Wednesday February 19, 2020

Bad Breakups May not Trigger Weight Gain, Says Study

"The only thing we found was in the second study, women who already had a proclivity for emotional eating did gain weight after a relationship breakup. But it wasn't common," Harrison added

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The new survey asked whether participants had ever experienced the dissolution of a long-term relationship, and whether they gained or lost weight as a result.

That pint of ice cream after a nasty breakup may not do as much damage as you think. Despite the emotional turmoil, people on average do not report gaining weight after a relationship dissolution, says a new study.

According to the researchers, it has been well documented that people sometimes use food as a way to cope with negative feelings and that emotional eating can lead to unhealthy food choices.

“…our research showed that while it’s possible people may drown their sorrows in ice cream for a day or two, modern humans do not tend to gain weight after a breakup,” said study author Marissa Harrison, Associate Professor at Penn State University in the US.

Breakups can be stressful and emotional, it could potentially trigger emotional eating.

“Food was much scarcer in the ancestral environment, so if your partner abandoned you, it could have made gathering food much harder,” Harrison added.

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For the study, published in the Journal of the Evolutionary Studies Consortium, the researchers completed two studies to test the theory that people may be more likely to gain weight after a relationship breakup.

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An overweight woman sits on a chair in Times Square in New York, May 8, 2012. (Representational image). VOA

In the first one, the researchers recruited 581 people to complete an online survey about whether they had recently gone through a breakup and whether they gained or lost weight within a year of the breakup.

Most of the participants — 62.7 per cent — reported no weight change.

For the second study, the researchers recruited 261 new participants to take a different, more extensive survey than the one used in the first study.

The new survey asked whether participants had ever experienced the dissolution of a long-term relationship, and whether they gained or lost weight as a result.

The survey also asked about participants’ attitudes toward their ex-partner, how committed the relationship was, who initiated the breakup, whether the participants tended to eat emotionally, and how much participants enjoy food in general.

While all participants reported experiencing a break up at some point in their lives, the majority of participants — 65.13 per cent — reported no change in weight after relationship dissolution.

“The only thing we found was in the second study, women who already had a proclivity for emotional eating did gain weight after a relationship breakup. But it wasn’t common,” Harrison added. (IANS)

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Excessive Cardio Can Make you Gain Weight

How cardio makes you gain weight

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Excessive of anything can have a reverse effect. This theory also applies to cardio exercises also. Excessive cardio can make you gain weight eventually. Lifetime Stock

BY PUJA GUPTA

Whenever someone gains weight, the thought of doing cardio to burn the fat is common.

But excessive of anything can have a reverse effect. This theory also applies to cardio exercises also. Excessive cardio can make you gain weight eventually.

Shikha Mahajan, holistic nutritionist and founder of Diet Podium, explains how.

Doing excessive cardiovascular exercise creates hormonal imbalances

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Doing excessive cardio exercise creates hormonal imbalances. Lifetime Stock

Extra of low-to-moderate intensity exercises such as jogging and cycling are not helpful. Only because you may technically burn more calories within a 90-minute spin class compared to 1-hour long pilates class does not mean you will really lose more weight. This is because there are lot more things involved than the calories when it comes to burning fat and developing muscle.

According to a study printed in the European Journal of Applied Physiology, people who are engaged in a longer duration of low-intensity cardio had suppressed levels of T3, the vital hormone which is responsible for burning fat, compared to the short duration, high-intensity participants.

Overdoing can make an increase in cortisol production

Well, exercising too rigorously and too often has its own set of drawbacks, in the short term, not taking the proper time to rest means that our body never fully restores and recovers, and you will see lesser results from your workout. On a serious note, if you overwork your body for long duration at a time, you can get exhausted and finish the adrenal system. One side effect of adrenal exhaustion is the incapability to lose belly fat, even if one is eating well and exercising regularly. Why it is happening? Because your body is already stressed it releases and overproduces the cortisol, which makes it difficult to burn extra fat.

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Unless one is training for a specific event, you need just three days of cardio exercise per week. Lifetime Stock

So, how would you know if you’re doing too much cardio? Unless one is training for a specific event, you need just three days of cardiovascular exercise per week, in addition to strength and resistance training. Everyone is different, your body might prefer just one to two days of cardio instead. If you really feel like your body has bulged and you are not getting results from your workouts, try cutting back on the cardio just a little. You might be satisfied with how your body reacts.

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Longer duration causes muscle loss

When doing a long session of low-to-medium intensity cardio it actually causes muscle loss, rather than using fat as fuel to burn calories, your body will work through its restricted glucose stores and then extra on to using lean muscle as fuel. As a result, one will be left with more fat than muscles. (IANS)