I Keep Gaining Weight and Haven’t Changed Anything In My Diet!

You swear you aren’t eating more or “unhealthy” foods, but you still gain weight.

Is this possible?

Yes!  You are NOT crazy!

And here’s why.

“Calories in vs. calories out” is a very simplistic view of weight and how to lose weight.

There’s a lot more to this story than just what you eat, right?

Our metabolism (metabolic rate) has a lot to do with this.  Many things like activity level, history of dieting, what you do for activity, body composition and even what you eat will affect our metabolic rate.

But, let’s go beyond the “eat less and exercise more” advice and dive into some of the less obvious underlying reasons why you may be gaining weight even though you’re eating the same.

Hang on!  What did I just say?

The last things you want to do are eating less and exercising more!

Isn’t that a great statement!

Before I get into the causes….read to the bottom to find the Thyroid Friendly Recipe.

What Causes This?
Things like:

  • Aging
  • Hormones
  • Sleep

Aging
Funny things happen, as we get older.  People commonly experience lower energy levels, more digestive discomfort, weight gain, as well as aches and pains.

Aging does some interesting things to our hormones for both women and men.  Unfortunately, these hormone changes can contribute to lean muscle loss as well as increases and changes in the way our body stores fat.

The good thing is that this is very common and not your fault one bit.

Hormones
Your thyroid is the master controller of your metabolism and can be a massive contributor to your weight gain.  Keeping your thyroid healthy is vital, as you don’t want to have it be out of whack.

When your thyroid gets off course and produces fewer hormones, your metabolism slows down.  Unfortunately, when your metabolism slows down you can gain weight.  Even if you are eating the same way you always have.

Pro Tip: Talk with your doctor about having your hormones tested.  Oh, and try the thyroid-friendly recipe that I created for you at the end of this post.

Sleep

 

Research shows sleep is vital when it comes to weight loss and keeping your body functioning properly.  Sleep has a huge impact on your metabolic rate.

It seems, as we get older, the harder it is to get a good night’s sleep.

The general consensus is to get 7-9 hours of sleep every night to help avoid weight gain.

Yes!  Lack of sleep is linked to weight gain.

Did you ever think you can sleep off your weight?

Pro Tip: Try to get at least 7 hours of sleep every night.  The first place to start is by implementing a calming routine before bedtime.

Diffusing Essential Oils 20-30 minutes prior to bedtime is very calming.  A blend of True Lavender, Marjoram, Clary Sage may bring those sweet zzz’s alive. I consider the best essential oils to be clinical-grade essential oils.   Click here.

Stress

 

Stress is everywhere!  Crazy how many things can cause stress responses in your body.

And you know that stress hormones are not going to help you sustain healthy habits or maintain a healthy weight, right?

You may not be able to necessarily change your stressors yet you can adjust how you respond to the stress.

Pro Tip:  Meditation and yoga are great stress relievers.  Have you tried the adult coloring books?  Nothing like bringing back some creative time with yourself, and relax with coloring!  Who knew?

Conclusion:
As you can see there are a lot of factors that affect your weight even when you eat the same way.  Aging, hormones, stress, and sleep are all interconnected.

Are You Ready to Change Your Health?
If you are looking to lose weight, reduce your stress, or change your eating habits, schedule the 30-minute consult and let’s see if we would be a good fit for each other to work together.  Click the aqua button at the top of the page or click here to get scheduled.

Recipe (Thyroid friendly iodine): Seaweed Sushi Bowl
Serves 2

1 cup cooked rice

1 avocado (thinly sliced)

½ cucumber (diced)

½ red pepper (thinly sliced)

1 green onion (chopped)

2 tablespoons dried seaweed (arame, wakame, or crumbled nori sheets)

2 tablespoons sesame seeds

3 tablespoons rice vinegar

3 tablespoons gluten-free tamari sauce

1 tablespoon lemon juice

1 tablespoon sesame oil

½ garlic clove

dash salt and pepper

Split the first seven ingredients into two bowls.

Mix the rest of the ingredients together to make the dressing.

Pour the dressing over the sushi bowls.

Serve & Enjoy!

Tip:  This is a great lunch to take on the go.  Keep dressing in a separate container so you can give it a shake before adding it to the sushi bowl.

References:

https://authoritynutrition.com/lose-weight-in-menopause/

http://www.precisionnutrition.com/sleep-stress-and-fat-loss

 

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