Fibromyalgia often causes weight gain in people because of a number of factors that are directly and indirectly related to the disease itself.
Fibromyalgia causes hormonal imbalances that affect the levels of cortisol, thyroid gland, serotonin and insulin, as well as the production of growth hormones. Due to this hormonal imbalance, the metabolism slows down and often results in weight gain.
Fatigue associated with fibromyalgia also results in weight gain. Because fibromyalgia begins a disturbance of the excitation in the brainwave pattern during sleep, the individual can not have a dream of sufficient quality, the person may also suffer from sleep apnea (breaks in breathing and snoring) during the night) and restless leg syndrome (tingling sensation in the legs), which increases fatigue.
A new study found that lack of sleep also leads to increased production of hypocretin, which is important in sleep levels and appetite. When the neuron levels of hypocretin are high (for the environment and the mind), this leads to a state of waking up, leading not only to fatigue, but also to eating.
In addition to fatigue, the experience of many patients with fibromyalgia chronic pain, which can also inhibit the ability to exercise.
Medications taken to treat depression associated with fibromyalgia can also cause the individual to get peso.Antidepressivos like Prozac and Zoloft increase appetite, water retention, and may affect hormone levels and so your metabolism.
It is essential to maintain a balanced diet and to minimize the weight gain of fibromyalgia.
Here are some useful dietary tips:
■ avoid the consumption of fats of animal origin such as red meat. Instead, eat leaner meats like skinless chicken, turkey and fish, which are also excellent sources of protein.
■ increase the consumption of high-fiber, low-sugar foods such as vegetables.
Eating lots of fresh fruits like raspberries and strawberries is also helpful. Avoid dry fruits because they contain preservatives.
■ Omega-3 fatty acids are also important for maintaining a healthy diet and can be found in cold-water fish. Other good sources of fat are almonds, avocado, fish oils, olive oil and corn.
■ Eat three meals a day and try to have one or two nutritious snacks a day.
Avoid fried foods, junk food, white flour and sugar, and alcohol and soft drinks.
Although fibromyalgia can cause pain and fatigue, it is important to stay in shape as best as possible to avoid healthy weight gain.
Starting your own fibromyalgia exercise program is a great way to achieve this goal.
Start with simple exercises such as stretching, walking or cycling.
Start your walking routine with a five-minute walk from the first day, then add 1-2 minutes a day, gradually increasing to a 60-minute goal (or the amount you feel comfortable and able to maintain.) Once you reach the target value, be sure to take this time three to four days a week.
Cycling is another great training option. A stationary bike lets you work year-round, no matter the time, and you can easily track your mileage, which can help you achieve your training goals more effectively.
Keep in mind that some muscle pain is common when you start exercising, but acute pain can mean you have overloaded your muscles.