Have you found yourself screaming for help because you’re gaining weight when nothing’s changed?
You are positive you’re not eating more food or “junkier” food. Your exercise routine has been spot on. You may have even started counting calories or measuring your food again, but you’re still gaining weight.
Is this really possible?
Yes, it is, & I promise you’re NOT crazy!
Let me share with you why.
I know you know the whole “calories in, calories out” argument is an overly simplistic view of weight (loss/gain).
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 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 a few less obvious underlying reasons why you may be gaining weight when nothing’s changed.
These things include:
Funny things happen the older we get. Ok, so they may not be funny when they’re happening to you, but I wasn’t meaning funny Ha Ha anyway. Lol. Assuming you’re no longer in your teens or twenties, you’ve probably noticed some changes happening to your body.
Things that you may experience include:
- Lower energy levels
- More digestive discomfort
- Weight gain,
- Aches and pains.
Aging can also result in hormonal changes for both men and women. Unfortunately, these changes can contribute to loss of lean muscle mass, as well as increases and changes in fat storage on our bodies.
The good news, if you choose to look at it in a positive light, is this is very common and not your fault one bit.
While there are different hormones in our bodies, I’m not referring to the sex hormones most people assume when they hear “hormones”. I’m talking about the hormones controlled by that beautiful butterfly-shaped gland at the front of your neck, your thyroid. That small gland is the master controller of your metabolism and, if it isn’t functioning properly, 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 thrown off course and doesn’t produce enough hormones your metabolism slows down. Then when your metabolism slows down you can gain weight. This is a VERY common reason you may be gaining weight when nothing’s changed…even though you’re eating the same way you always have.
Pro Tip: Talk with your doctor about having your hormones tested, including your thyroid. Oh, and try the thyroid-friendly recipe that I created for you at the end of this post.
Aww, sweet slumbers! Yes, it’s been discovered that sleep is more important than just contributing to your beauty. There is plenty of research that shows sleep influences your metabolic rate.
The general consensus is to get 7-9 hours of sleep every night to help avoid weight gain. No, you won’t thrive on 3-4 hrs of sleep at night, even 5-6 (unless your one of the 3% that have a gene that allows them to survive on less than 6 hours.)
It’s true! Lack of sleep is linked with weight gain. Unfortunately, as we age it can become harder and harder to get a good night’s sleep, but you can start by implementing a calming before bedtime routine.
Who would’ve thought it possible to sleep off your weight?
Pro Tip: Try to get at least 7 hours of sleep every night. Plus, check out the tips at the end of THIS article to help you fall (and stay) asleep, & find out even more about the sleep & weight loss connection.
It seems stress is around every corner, and there are so many things that can cause stress responses in your body.
And you know stress hormones are not going to help you sustain healthy habits or maintain a healthy weight, right?
While you can’t necessarily change your stressors you can try to adjust your stress response to them.
Pro Tip: Try meditation, yoga or breathing exercises. Even mindful eating can make a difference. What about those new adult coloring books that are popular right now? Maybe you’d like it. While your at it, check out THIS article on 7 ways to bring down your stress levels.
P.S. Be on the lookout for an upcoming blog post on how you can lower that stress hormone that may be the reason for your weight gain.
There are quite a few reasons you may be gaining weight when nothing’s changed, especially when 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. So, address some of the issues listed here for a few months and take note (literally in a journal) to see if you notice the difference.
If you’re needing help with your weight loss, schedule a Free Weight Loss Strategy Session HERE
Seaweed Sushi Bowl
- 1 C Cooked Rice
- ½ Avocado Thinly Sliced
- ½ Cucumber Diced
- ½ Red Pepper Thinly Sliced
- 1 Green Onion Chopped
- 2 Tbs Dried Seaweed Arame, Wakame, or Crumbled Nori Sheets
- 2 Tbs Sesame Seeds
- 3 Tbs Rice Vinegar
- 3 Tbs Coconut Aminos
- 1 Tbs Lemon Juice
- 1 tsp Sesame Oil
- ½ Garlic Clove Minced
- Salt and Pepper to taste
Divide the sushi bowl ingredients into two separate bowls.
Mix the dressing ingredients together in a small bowl or blender.
Pour the dressing over the sushi bowls.
Serve & Enjoy!
- Add your choice of protein & you will have a great lunch on the go. Keep dressing in a separate container so you can give it a shake before adding it onto the sushi bowl.