Proverbs 25:16 - If you find honey, eat just enough-- too much of it, and you will vomit.
There are many reasons why people gain weight:
One of the main factors of weight gain is chronic pain. As I just stated, taking medications for the pain, such as some antidepressants, can contribute to weight gain. Also, because it hurts so much just to move around, you aren’t as active as you used to be which may cause your system to slow down.
Another thing to look at is how much food you eat. It can be that gradually you started eating more food to help ease pain. But just as the Bible verse above states, too much of eating sweet foods isn’t good. When you pay attention to what you’re eating, you may notice that at first that candy bar tastes great but later it’s taste falls short. Not so with fruits and vegetables. The sweetness of an orange stays the same throughout its consumption.
Berkeleywellness.com, in their article, “Could Weight Gain be Adding to Your Pain?” talks about the correlation between pain and how gaining weight does increase pain complaints. In addition, being overweight can cause psychological stress and can add to the distress of chronic pain, intensifying the perception of pain. Obesity has also been linked to increased inflammation in the body. The psychological stress can also change the way we think about ourselves. We may loth how we look and feel. Then guilt sets in because you know you eat too much and are responsible to how you look.
One of the answers to losing excess weight is to exercise. You may not like this idea and feel unmotivated to even try a few exercises. Need some motivation to exercise? Take a pound of hamburger out of the freezer. Look at it. Note how the weight feels. Now think about all of the excess weight you’re walking around with.
Even if you lose one pound it will help lift a piece of the burden off your back and reduce pain. And the increase of activity will rev up your metabolism, help you sleep better, and even help with your emotional state.
Karen Dalske is a freelance writer, public speaker, is active in her church and writes her blogs out of her own experiences of pain, illness and loss.