Weight Gain – Everyone knows it is a simple matter of amount and type of food in v amount of exercise and energy used right?
When your body is healthy and fit with all systems functioning normally – the answer is yes. But very often there are hurdles and loops we have to untangle before we can get long term results. If you have been doing everything right; but with no real results. One of those following reason’s could be yours. How do we know and what can we do?
The main reasons are one of the list below – though for some it could be a combination of two or more.
- Hormonal Imbalance
- Digestion Problems’
- Adrenal Fatigue
- Hypothyroidism (Low thyroid Function
- Nutrition – lack of
Let’s have a look at some of the reasons individually.
Our body’s hormones are usually not thought about until they go wrong. When they are working as they should – life is easy. But when they are out of balance due to genetics’ or because we have had to take medication – there is no denying what they normally control. Why would we change our hormonal function? We take medication to suppress our hormones for everything from skin problems to birth control. Some of us take medication to work with the balance of our hormones because of irregularities you might have naturally. Too much, too often, too painful periods etc. For most of us – when we come off these hormonal medications – our bodies re adjust and work better – In the expectation that when we need them – and stop the medication – they will know what to do.
And usually – they do. But when we are too sensitive or the cause of what the problem was has not gone away – our hormonal balance can be even worse or the same as before we started. Menopause is another time when weight loss due to hormonal changes can cause weight gain. Side effects can be weight gain, fluid retention and lethargy to name a few. When you have a hormonal imbalance all the right diet and exercise may not allow you to lose weight.
There are herbs that help with hormonal imbalances – Talk to your natural health practitioner today.
Some medications have the side effect of weight gain. Check with your pharmacy (or on line) to receive the pamphlet about the medication that you are on. Using Natural Health to help support weight loss while on medication that causes it can be difficult. As there could be contra indications to taking herbs/nutritional supplements. Read the label and talk to your health practitioner – while always taking care to watch for changes in your body or the initial condition. Always tell your Dr.
SYMPTOMS OF STRESS
- Sleep disturbance
- Weight gain/loss
- Emotional, anxious, agitated, irritable, depressed
- Reduced mental ability, concentration, memory, ability to make decisions or solve problems
- Poor or increased appetite, food cravings
- Reduced sex drive, substance abuse, overwork
Stress can wreak havoc on your health. When you are under pressure, your body reacts by releasing adrenaline. Adrenaline increases your heart rate and blood pressure, causes your muscles to tense, and slows your digestion. This physical response prepares your body to respond to the stressor in one of two ways: to either confront the problem or find a way to escape it. Hans Selye, a well known stress researcher, referred to this as the ‘Fight or Flight’ response. There is another serious effect that stress has on the body. When your body’s adrenal glands release hormones such as cortisal and norepinephrine, these hormones instantly mobilise and use electrolytes and nutrients such as magnesium, potassium. B vitamins, vitamin and amino acids. One of the minerals the body uses the most during stress is magnesium. When your body releases adrenaline, it simultaneously releases magnesium. Magnesium helps the muscles, including the heart, contract and relax, it creates energy for the body, and it helps buffer some of the jarring effects of adrenaline.
If you experience stress, especially chronic stress, it is important to replenish nutrients and help the digestion system to function normally to counter any weight gain.
As we have seen – digestion can be effected by stress, medication, and hormonal imbalance. But we could also have poor digestion genetically or because of poor food choices.
Weight gain is the usual side effect. Though energy levels and immunity will also be lowered. Digestion as a cause to weight gain is a quicker ‘fix’. If you have symptoms of bloating, wind, pain or cramp in your abdomen, too loose or dry bowel movements or less than at least 1 movement a day – there are easy to take over the counter natural herbs and whole food supplements that can be taken. Talking to your local health store team would be the best. As symptoms vary and with that the recommendation and how often to take it. The results can be quick with not only better metabolic function leading to better well being. Weight loss, energy and stronger immunity being some of the benefits you could feel.
Long term stress leads to adrenal fatigue. When you reach this point, your digestive system and hormonal balance are often so fatigued. Weight loss is then a goal ever harder to reach.
How did we get here?
Which form of stress plagues you?
- Episodic acute
Acute Stress has an immediate onset, instantly throwing the body into crisis control mode. In an acutely stressful situation, such as a minor traffic accident, a looming deadline at work, or an argument with your spouse or loved one, you are assessing the stressor and developing the best strategy for solving the problem.
The second type of stress is episodic acute.. An example of this form of stress includes ongoing worry about finances, work etc. It also encompasses ‘Type A’ behaviour, which is characterised by competitive drive, anger or impatience with others, and the need to attain personal perfection in all tasks. Studies show that Type A individuals are more prone to heart attack compared to those who are calm.
The third type of stress is chronic, which simply means it’s an ongoing, unrelenting form of stress. Examples of situations that contribute to chronic stress are job and family pressures, sleep deprivation, and strainedroles at work or at home. Chronic stress, because it is an unrelenting form of stress, poses the most serious risk to your health and should be addressed immediately.
When you have adrenal fatigue you need to make some urgent life changes.
This health pyramid is a good goal.
More: Hormonal Balance
More Again: Nutritional Balance
More Again: Lifestyle/diet/sleep/stress/breathing
How to survive the everyday stress of today.
- Be in the present
- Health pyramid
- Omega 3 fish oil/krill oil
- Correct deficiencies – B Complex, D, C, Zinc, Magnesium
- Colostrum, probiotics, digestive support
- Amino acids
As your adrenal system gets stronger as your life moves through the stress level and your body is nurtured back to health – then your body can again become receptive to weight loss (or gain if you lose weight with this much stress)
LOW THYROID FUNCTION
Hypothyroidism (low thyroid Function) can affect your entire body, so the symptoms associated with hypothyroidism can be very diverse.
Fatigue; weight gain; outer thinning of eyebrows, feet soles hardening and cracking; hair loss are just a few.
Low thyroid can be supported through supplements. Talk to your health care professional today. Some of whom will have a low thyroid risk questionnaire. Weight will be very hard to lose with a low thyroid function.
Weightloss 101. The easiest way to make a change and start losing weight is to drink enough water and have more NUTRITION. Drink a glass of water before every meal/snack. Before every coffee/black tea/sugary drink/alcoholic beverage. You will be less hungry. Drink less alcohol. Not crave the wrong sugary energy drinks as much and be less affected by the alcoholic beverage. And because you are not drinking those drinks for thirst anymore – might be able to limit them completely. Hunger is often confused by the body as thirst. When you drink enough water – and this is the case for you – then you will eat less and crave less to. Mid afternoon mind fog is often diminished.
Add some mineral drops ofr a drop of lemon/apple cider vinegar for taste if you do not like water. This also aids in digestion.
Adding a nutritional smoothie to your daily intake will make that difference to weight loss if there is not enough in your daily diet. Whole green foods in a powder that taste great and are easy to make up are now a stable item on your health store shelf. Important to choose one that is easily absorbed, nutrient rich with no sugar and added nasties. When people who did not drink enough water or have enough nutrition added hydration and a nutrient rich smoothie to their daily diet. Weight loss occurred.
If your weight gain trend is due to other factors – these two changes would still be the first I would recommend to change and do.
If plate serving size is one thing you also need to exchange. A smoothie before your meal is an easy way to moderate your food intake –
- Drink enough water
- Eat meals regularly – choose food wisely
- Find out what is stopping you to be able to lose weight.
- Do a detox
Monica van de Weerd
Naturally Healthy Health Stores – Hamilton