Weight gain. Everyone knows it is a simple matter of the amount and type of food, versus the amount of exercise and energy used, right?
When your body is healthy and fit, with all systems functioning normally, the answer is yes. But 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 these following reasons could be yours.
- 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 they can get out of balance, you can experience weight changes. When you have a hormonal imbalance, even if you are nourishing yourself with the right diet and exercise, you still may not lose weight. There are herbs that help with hormonal imbalances so talk to your natural health practitioner today.
Some medications have the side effect of weight gain. Check with your pharmacy, health professional or online for information about your medication. Using natural health to help support weight loss while on medication can be difficult. There could be contra indications to taking herbs or nutritional supplements, so read the label or talk to your health practitioner. Always watch for changes in your body or the initial condition and keep your doctor informed.
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. 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.
Digestion can be affected by stress, medication, and hormonal imbalance. But we can also have poor digestion genetically or because of poor food choices.
Weight gain is the usual side effect, although energy levels and immunity can also be lowered. Digestion as a cause of 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 one movement a day – there are natural herbs and whole food supplements which can help.
Long term stress leads to adrenal fatigue. When you reach this point, your digestive system and hormonal balance are often so fatigued that weight loss becomes an even harder goal to reach.
When you have adrenal fatigue you need to make some urgent life changes.
How to survive the everyday stress of today:
- Be in the present
- 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 become receptive to weight loss (or gain if you loose weight with this much stress)
Low thyriod 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. 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. Drink less alcohol. Hunger is often confused by the body as thirst. When you drink enough water then you will eat less and crave less too. 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 digestion.
Adding a nutritional smoothie to your daily intake makes a difference if there is not enough nutrition in your daily diet. Whole green foods are available in powder form. They taste great and are easy to make up and are a staple item on your health store shelf. It is important to choose one which is easily absorbed, nutrient rich with no sugar or added nasties.
- Drink enough water
- Eat meals regularly – choose food wisely
- Find out what is stopping your ability to lose weight.
- Do a detox