You are positive that you’re not eating more food or “junkier” food but you’re still gaining weight.
Is this possible?
Yes! 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.
There’s definitely more to the story than just what you’re eating, right?
A lot of this comes right down to your metabolic rate which is affected by various things such as: 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.
- Overworked Liver;
Your liver is crucially important to toxins elimination. Through its detoxification power, your liver keeps your hormones regulated and eliminates unwanted waste — an ongoing job. But if your liver isn’t able to complete its tasks due to too many accumulated toxins, you’ll suffer from symptoms of hormonal imbalance.
This important — but little-known — connection between your liver and your hormones can lead to one of the most frustrating symptoms of hormonal imbalance: stubborn weight gain. Other common symptoms include fatigue, brain fog and acne.
Your Thyroid 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 – which leads to uncontrolled weight gain. Even though you’re 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 Here
There are many research studies that show the influence that sleep has on your metabolic rate.
It is believed that insufficient amounts of sleep affect your hunger-regulating hormones, leptin and ghrelin. This and other studies have shown that when you are sleep deprived, your body decreases production of leptin (whose job it is to tell your brain when you’re full and should stop eating), while at the same time increasing levels of ghrelin, a hormone that triggers hunger.
Lack of sleep also appears to affect glucose and fat utilization in your body, as well as energy metabolism – all of which can contribute to weight gain.
The general consensus is to get 7-9 hours of sleep every night to help avoid weight gain.
Pro Tip: Try to get at least 7 hours of sleep every night. Avoid before-bed snacks, particularly grains and sugars. Sleep in complete darkness or as close as possible. And.. NO TV right before bed. It is too stimulating to your brain and it will take longer to fall asleep.
It seems to be everywhere! So many things that can cause stress responses in your body.
When you’re constantly under stress your body continues to release stress hormones like cortisol. Cortisol adds fat to your belly area, but the message never gets sent that it’s okay for your body to let go of it.
The ongoing release of stress hormones can directly influence you to eat foods that are high in sugar and fat and also increases the drug-like satisfaction you get from eating certain foods like sugar. This causes stronger cravings that fuel further weight gain — often around the waist area. Many individuals with adrenal imbalance keep themselves going every day with multiple hits of sugar, fat and caffeine.
There are many factors that can affect your weight, even if you’re eating the same way you always have. Your liver’s ability to eliminate toxins and regulate your hormones, your thyroid function, the level of stress and how you manage it, 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.