The information in this free book will assist you in reaching your dream weight.
Subjects covered include:
- Step by Step Low GI Diet Strategy
- Diet Menu
- A Balanced Diet
- 7 Day Damage Control Program
- Lots of Recipes
- Complete Weight Loss Meal Plans
What Causes Weight Gain and /or Prevent you from Losing Weight?
Weight gain and losing it can be extremely frustrating and usually we associate it with eating too much. However, there could be other reasons why you may be gaining weight and / or prevent you from losing it, even if you are exercising regularly and eating healthily. Reasons, which you might not have thought about, can include:
A medical condition
For many people the cause of their weight gain is medical. It could be that there is an underlying medical problem such as Diabetes or another serious illness. There are many more medical reasons for weight gain than most people realize.
While thyroid problems are often cited as an excuse for excessive weight, it can often be a contributing factor to weight gain as it regulates the body’s metabolism. Some sources have speculated that as many as 10% of women may have thyroid trouble of some degree.
Other medical conditions such as menopause and other hormonal imbalances can have a serious impression on your weight over time. It could be that you have recently taken a new medication and that is responsible for the weight gain. The contraceptive pill for example is well known for adding extra weight to the body and so if you have just started taking it, it may be worth switching pills.
The contraceptive pill is not the only medication that is well known for increasing weight, steroids and similar medications can lead to putting on weight.
Some medical conditions such as IBS (Irritable Bowl Syndrome) and asthma are often treated using steroids, and this could lead to weight gain.
Please read the insert of your medication and see whether the product can cause weight gain. (See section on medications which causes weight gain)
You could be lacking essential fats
Many people do not realize that they do in fact need some fats in their diet. Not all fats are bad and foods such as fish and olive oil contain these essential fats that our bodies need. These fats, often known as Omega-3 fats are found in fish and can lower cholesterol and reduce the risks of arthritis and other joint problems.
It is recommended that at most 33% of our calorie intake is fat, and no more than 10% of our calories should be from saturated fats because of the increased health risks such as increased cholesterol from eating too much “bad” fats.
If you don’t get enough of the beneficial fats such as Omega-3 you can end up having cravings for fatty foods, and that is when you give in and gain weight. So, ensure that you add good fats in the form of supplements or fish like sardines, salmon, etc. into your diet.
Another common cause of weight gain can include allergies to certain foods. The most common food allergies tend to be dairy and nuts. Obviously some food allergies can be deadly but in many cases the foods just make you gain weight and feel a little nauseous.
So, it may well be worth going to the doctors and having an allergy test to see if you are in fact allergic to any foods. Some food allergies occur due to damaged or defective digestive enzymes, which got damaged by medication, especially antibiotics, cortisone and contraceptives.
Many people who are trying to improve their lifestyle by quitting smoking notice that their weight goes up when they do. Often this can be due to replacing the cigarettes with snacks, but there are other reasons as well.
Not many people realise that smoking actually burns calories, up to 200 calories a day in a heavy smoker. In addition, it also suppresses the appetite so you feel less hungry while you are a smoker.
Because cigarettes are a stimulant and burn calories, smoking can actually speed up your metabolism somewhat too, so when you quit there are many reasons that you are likely to gain weight. However, it is still the healthier option to quit smoking.
Your emotions obviously affect how you feel, and by extension how you feel about yourself. If you are feeling low, food can often be a great comforter. Unfortunately, it is usually the ‘bad’ foods that we reach for to make us feel better.
Comfort foods such as chocolate, sweets, crisps and fried foods can make us feel better but they are not good for us.
This can sometimes lead to a downwards spiral as you eat because you feel bad, and this then makes you feel worse because you know that eating foods like this will make you fatter.
Comfort eating is only one way that your emotions can contribute to an increase in weight. Most (Psychotic) or depression medication can adversely affect your metabolism and lead to weight gain.