Fibromyalgia can cause hormonal imbalances that affect the levels of cortisol, thyroid glands, serotonin and insulin.
Due to this hormonal imbalance, the metabolism slows down, which can result in weight gain.
Fatigue due to fibromyalgia also leads to weight gain, due to the sedentary lifestyle that it causes.
Because fibromyalgia causes a disturbance in the pattern of brain waves during sleep, the individual may not have quality sleep, in addition the person may also suffer from sleep apnea (pauses in breathing and snoring at night), or restless legs syndrome, which increases fatigue.
A new study found that lack of sleep also leads to increased production of hypocretin , which is important to regulate sleep levels and appetite. When the levels are high, it leads to a growing state of excitement, which causes not only fatigue, but also overfeeding.
Chronic pain and fibromyalgia, usually reduce the ability to exercise.
Some antidepressant medications, used to treat fibromyalgia, can also cause the individual to gain weight.
Diet for fibromyalgia.
It is essential to maintain a balanced diet and in order to minimize the weight gain in fibromyalgia.
Here are some useful tips:
■ Avoid the consumption of animal fats. Instead, consume leaner meats, chicken without skin, turkey and fish, which are also excellent sources of protein.
■ Increase the intake of foods rich in fiber and low in sugar, such as cereals and vegetables.
■ Eat lots of fresh fruit.
■ Omega-3 fatty acids are also important for maintaining a healthy diet, they can be found in cold water fish. Other good sources of healthy fat are dried fruits, avocados, fish oils, olive oils and corn.
■ Eat four meals a day, and try to take one or two nutritious snacks.
Avoid fried foods, white flour, sugar, alcohol and soft drinks.
Fibromyalgia and exercise .
Although fibromyalgia causes pain and fatigue, it is important to keep fit as best you can to avoid weight gain, and keep it healthy.
Starting your own exercise program is a great way to achieve this goal.
Start with simple exercises such as stretching, walking or biking.
Begin a five minute walking routine, then add 1-2 minutes a day, gradually move to a goal of 45 minutes daily.
A stationary (stationary) bike allows you to exercise throughout the year, regardless of the time you spend, plus you can easily track your mileage, and this can help you achieve your training goals more efficiently.
Keep in mind that some muscle pains are common when
you start exercising, but if the pain is acute, you can indicate that your
Muscles were over-demanded.