How To Outsmart Stubborn Weight Gain?
I recently posted tips on my Facebook page to uncover the hidden causes weighing us down. My tips were met with such an enthusiastic response that I just knew I had to elaborate. So, if you are doing everything right in your weight loss program, but the pounds won’t budge then do listen up!
I know you are getting the sugar out (thankfully, because we consume up to 170 pounds per year!), restraining those grains, and avoiding dairy and gluten like the plague. You are eating quality lean protein, healthy “smart” fats, nutrient-rich fruits and vegetables and plenty of fiber at meals and snacks.
You have got all the right moves in those daily workouts and you are faithfully taking your supplements. You are doing all of this, but you are not seeing the results you deserve.
If any of this sounds familiar, then this blog’s for you! Let us explore those hidden weight gain culprits so you can hit the ground running this season.
5 Medical Reasons For Weight Gain
And Tips To Fight Back
Here are the 5 hidden medical reasons for weight gain.
1. Overcome Hormone Havoc
When I do hormone testing, over 95% of my clients have too much estrogen, accompanying a progesterone deficiency. Your hormones go haywire when you have too much estrogen and not enough fat-burning progesterone.
It is a very vicious cycle. Excess estrogen in relation to progesterone is like a fat magnet, causing you to deposit even more fat and then that fat produces more estrogen and the cycle continues.
How did all of that estrogen get there in the first place? It could be a number of reasons – heredity, xeno or environmental estrogens (like plastic and preservatives), synthetic or even bio-identical hormones, and a tired liver or lack of bile and fat metabolizing nutrients.
Also, anovulatory cycles or a lack of zinc can account for progesterone deficits which can further enhance estrogen dominance.
2. Get Over Your Genes
If your genetic makeup contains a glitch that causes shortfalls in fat metabolism, it may feel like an uphill battle to
Research from The National Institutes of Health found evidence that if people with certain physical makeups limit calories, they will have a more difficult time than those who do not have this genetic makeup and who are limiting the same amount of calories.
While you should not blame it all on your genes, they very well may be playing a role in why it is so easy for your workout buddy to shed the pounds while you seem to be floundering.
3. Balance Your Bacteria
Your gut plays a surprising role in whether you are heavy or slim because your bacteria actually controls whether you store calories as fat or use them as fuel.
Simply put – there is the good, the bad and the ugly bacteria. When the friendly bacteria predominate, your gastrointestinal tract thrives and your immunity shields are fortified. But if the undesirable bacteria takes over, illness prevails.
When your diet is packed with artificial sweeteners and fatty and/or processed foods, bacterial strains grow in numbers and overshadow the beneficial bacteria
4. Stack More ZZZs
It seems like no one is sleeping lately. We have such busy, hectic lives that we often justify sacrificing an hour or two of sleep to get more done, but the cost to your body is not worth it.
Specifically talking weight gain, when you do not get enough sleep, your levels of the hormone “leptin” (an appetite suppressant) dip and your levels of the hormone “ghrelin” (which stimulates hunger) rise. That combined with a fuzzy, tired mind make you the perfect prey for caving to the cravings of quick, processed foods.
5. Re-evaluate Your Fattening Drugs
Between 1988 and 2008, the amount of the US population taking antidepressants increased by nearly 400 percent. Today, approximately 11 percent of Americans take an antidepressant on a regular basis. Sadly, prescription antidepressant and anti-anxiety drugs have one major detrimental side effect – weight gain.
May these tips be the keys to get your weight loss program in forward motion!