You Haven't Changed Anything in Your Diet But You Are Gaining Weight?

March 20, 2019

You are positive that you're not eating more food or “junkier” food but you're still gaining weight.

 

 

Is this possible?

 

Yes girlfriend!  You are NOT crazy! 🙅‍♀️

 

And here's why.

 

We both know that the whole “calories in, calories out” argument is an overly simplistic view of weight. And if you don't know that, then now you do - more power to you Sista! 

 

While calories in Vs. calories out can impact your weight, there's definitely more to the story than just what you're eating. 

 

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

 

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. Let's broaden your health story!

 

The following 4 things can significantly impact your health story:

  • Aging;

  • Hormones;

  • Sleep;

  • Stress.

 

And these factors are often, unfortunately hugely underrated. 

 

 Aging

 

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

Aging can result in significant hormonal changes for women.  And these can contribute to loss of some lean muscle mass, as well as increases and changes in fat storage on our bodies.

 

The good thing is that, this is very common and not your fault one bit. To support your health as you age eat a balanced diet and exercise for health. 🌸

 

Hormones

 

Your thyroid is the master controller of your metabolism and can be a massive contributor to your weight gain.  There are several things that can affect it and throw it off course.

When your thyroid gets off course and produces fewer hormones your metabolism slows down.  And when your metabolism slows down you can gain weight.  Even though you're eating the same way you always have.

 

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

 

Sleep

 

There is plenty of research that shows the influence that sleep has on your metabolic rate. 

 

And as we age it can become harder and harder 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.

 

It's true!  Lack of sleep is linked with weight gain. Who ever thought 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 before bedtime routine. This could include reading a book, meditation, even leaving your mobile phone in another room and not next to your bed ;)

 

Stress

 

It seems to be everywhere!  So many things that can cause stress responses in your body. How we react to stress is one thing us women can do better at (generally speaking)  because we tend to so commonly put ourselves last - why do we do that?! 

 

I spoke about stress in my previous blog just last week, if you missed it click here

 

 

While you can't necessarily change your stressors you can try to adjust your stress response to them.

 

Pro Tip:  Try meditation or yoga - better yet try both.  Or even mindful eating.  What about those new adult colouring books that are all the rage now? There are some amazing ones you can buy, and for some people these are incredibly therapeutic bringing you into the present and reducing stress. 

 

 

 

Ultimately, 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. Ensuring you are taking care of yourself by de-stressing and self caring are incredible beneficial ways you can support your health holistically. 

 

If you are feeling stressed and are interested in chatting about how you can get your health on track or lose some weight please click here to contact me directly. 

 

 

With Love,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

References:

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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