Still Gaining Weight Even When You Haven’t Changed How You Eat?

You haven’t changed anything in your diet, yet you’re gaining inches around the middle!

How is this possible?

Just know you are not crazy!

There is an answer!

We both know the whole “calorie in vs calorie out” is a bit simplistic.

There is definitely more to the story than that!

A lot of this comes right down to your metabolic rate which is affected by your activity level, history of dieting, body composition, and even what you actually eat.

Here is what can affect your waist line:

  • Aging
  • Hormones
  • Sleep
  • Stress

Let’s talk Aging!

Typically, as we get older, people will experience weight gain, aches and pains, digestive issues, and lower energy levels.

Aging can result in hormonal changes and none of us like that! Unfortunately, these can contribute to lean muscle loss and how our body stores fat.

The good thing to realize is this is common and not necessarily your fault.  You can change this though!

One of the best ways to prevent the lean muscle loss is to do strength training.  And yes, you must lift weights heavier than 3-5 pounds!  Now is the time to sign up for the Complimentary 30-Minute call to get you started with weights!  Click at the top of the page or click here.

Hormones!

Your thyroid is the master controller of your metabolism.  Keeping the thyroid healthy keeps your body fat and weight in check.

When your thyroid gets off course and produces fewer hormones, your metabolism slows down.  When your metabolism slows down, you gain the weight even though you’re eating the way you always have!  Again….increase muscle mass and your metabolism will be helped.

Pro Tip:  Talk with your doctor about having your hormones checked.

Sleep!

There is a ton of research out there that shows the influence sleep has on our bodies and weight control.

As we age, it can be harder and harder to get a good night’s sleep which is unfortunate.  There are things you can try like essential oils that will help with sleep.

Getting 7-9 hours of sleep each night is definitely the goal.  This allows you to help control weight gain.

It is true!  Lack of sleep is linked to weight gain.  But this lack of sleep messes with our hormones.

Pro Tip:  Try to get at least 7 hours of sleep per night.  Try implementing a calming routine prior to going to bed such as putting the electronics away before bedtime.  Drink some tea or something that relaxes you.  Make your to-do list for the next day so you don’t have to think about that in the middle of the night.

Stress!

Stress is surrounding us!  So many things can make our day stressful!  Kids, our job, the boss, our spouse or significant other are just to name a few.  All of this stress messes with the hormones!

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

While you can’t necessarily change your stressors you can adjust how you respond to them.

Pro Tip:  Try meditation or yoga.  Or even mindful eating. Click here for a great video on Mindful Eating.

There are lots of factors that can affect your weight, even if you’re eating the same way you always have.  Aging, hormones, stress, and sleep are all interconnected to each other and can all contribute to weight gain, even if you’re eating the same way you always have.

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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 onto the sushi bowl.

References:

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

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

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