Fibromyalgia often causes weight gain in people due to a number of factors that are directly and indirectly related to the disease itself.
Fibromyalgia causes hormonal imbalances that affect the levels of cortisol, the thyroid gland, serotonin and insulin, as well as the production of growth hormones. Due to this hormonal imbalance, metabolism slows down and weight gain often results.
The fatigue associated with fibromyalgia also leads to weight gain. Because fibromyalgia starts a disturbance of the excitation in the pattern of brain waves during sleep, the individual can not have a dream of sufficient quality, the person can also suffer from sleep apnea (pauses in breathing and snoring) during the night) and restless legs syndrome (sensation of tingling 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 levels of hypocretin neurons are high (for the environment and mental) it leads to a growing state of arousal, leading not only to fatigue, but also to eat.
In addition to fatigue, the experience of many patients with fibromyalgia chronic pain, which can also inhibit the ability to exercise.
Medications that are taken to treat depression related to fibromyalgia can also cause the individual to gain weight.Antidepressives such as Prozac and Zoloft increase appetite, fluid retention, and can affect hormone levels and therefore your metabolism.
It is essential to maintain a balanced diet and in order 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 such as skinless chicken, turkey and fish, which are also excellent sources of protein.
■ increase the intake of foods that are rich in fiber and low in sugar, such as vegetables.
■ Eating lots of fresh fruit such as raspberries and strawberries is also useful. Avoid dried fruits, as 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 and olive oil and corn.
■ Eat three meals a day and try to have one or two nutritious snacks every day
Avoid fried foods, junk foods, white flour and sugar and alcohol and carbonated beverages.
Although fibromyalgia can cause pain and fatigue, it is important to stay fit as best you can 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 biking.
Begin your walking routine with a five-minute walk from the first day, then add 1-2 minutes per day, gradually moving to a goal of 60 minutes (or the amount you feel comfortable and able to maintain .) Once you have reached your target value, be sure to take that amount of time three to four days a week.
The bicycle is another great training option. A stationary bicycle allows you to work throughout the year, regardless of the time, plus you can track your mileage easily and this can help you achieve your training goals more efficiently.
Keep in mind that some muscle pain is common when you start exercising, but acute pain may mean that you have overloaded your muscles.