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I Haven’t Changed What I Eat, So Why Have I Gained?

You’re sure that you’re not eating more, and you’re staying away from junk food, but you’re still gaining weight. Why is this happening!?

Well, at least we’re not falling for weight loss myths anymore. And, we know that there’s more to the story than “calories in, calories out.” Also, a lot is dependent on 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 food and the “eat less and exercise more” advice and dive into some of the LESS obvious reasons why you may be gaining weight even though you’re eating the same.

Hormone Imbalance

An imbalance in hormones is something that can contribute to excess weight gain. One example of an imbalance is a condition known as estrogen dominance. This happens when there is an excess of estrogen in the body relative to the amount of progesterone.

Estrogen dominance can occur if the body is producing too much estrogen, or if we are exposing ourselves to xenoestrogens from our environment, or if there is an insufficiency of progesterone in our body. And unfortunately, this excess estrogen can impact the thyroid’s ability to function properly.

Your thyroid is the master controller of your metabolism and can be a massive contributor to your weight gain. When your thyroid gets off course 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.

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

Inadequate Sleep

There is plenty of research that shows the influence that sleep has on your metabolic rate and satiety hormones. 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 to weight gain. Whoever thought you can sleep off your weight? Give it a try and get to bed on time!

When we don’t, our brain doesn’t properly get the message from our satiety hormone, leptin. And this can cause us to think we’re hungry even when we’re not, (and perhaps cause us to eat more than we think we are).

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. Here are some other great tips.

Excess Stress
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Excess stress seems to be everywhere! There are so many things that can cause stress responses in your body. And that stress response results in an increase in cortisol. Unfortunately, this response makes it very hard to maintain a healthy weight as it is associated with an increase in abdominal fat.

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

Tip: Try meditation or yoga or deep breathing or EFT tapping. Whatever works for you to help you to relax! The important thing is that you choose something you enjoy so that you will stick with it.

Bottom Line

There are lots of factors that can affect your weight, even if you feel you’re eating the same way you always have.  Hormones, stress, and sleep are all interconnected to each other and can all contribute to that unwanted (and undeserved!) weight gain.

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