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Why Am I Suddenly Gaining Weight?

Why Am I Suddenly Gaining Weight?

You are certain that you’re not eating more food but you’re still gaining weight.

Is this possible?

Yes, it is and you’re NOT crazy!

And here’s why this may be.

We both know that “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.

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.

Things like:

  • Sleep;
  • Stress;
  • Aging;
  • Hormones.

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.

Stress

Stress hormones are going to jeopardize your healthy habits and hinder weight maintenance.

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

Pro Tip:  Try relaxation technique such as DIAPHRAGMATIC BREATHING.  Or even MINDFUL EATING.

Aging

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

Aging can result in hormonal changes for both men and 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.

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: Book a visit with me to have your hormones tested.  Oh, and try the thyroid-friendly recipe that I created for you at the end of this post.

Conclusion

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.

Seaweed Sushi Bowl (Serves 2)

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  1. Split the first seven ingredients into two bowls.
  2. Mix the rest of the ingredients together to make the dressing.
  3. Pour the dressing over the sushi bowls.
  4. 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.

In Health,

Dr. Anna ND

References

  1. How to Lose Weight Around Menopause (and Keep it Off). https://authoritynutrition.com/lose-weight-in-menopause/
  2. Research Review:  Sleep, stress, and fat loss. http://www.precisionnutrition.com/sleep-stress-and-fat-loss