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 things like your activity level, history of dieting, body composition, and even what you eat. Throw in there the stress on your body as a result of treatment for a chronic illness such as chemotherapy for cancer and your body is definitely not going to be working to its optimum potential!
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.
All of these are often affected by the physical and mental strain our body is put under when we are diagnosed and treated with cancer. So what can we do to help get over these hurdles?
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.
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. Fighting a serious illness such a cancer is just one example where our thyroid and adrenal glands are put under massive strain.
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: Talk with your doctor about having your hormones tested or talk to me about how you can re-balance those hormones naturally through nutrition and lifestyle changes. Oh, and try the thyroid-friendly recipe that I will be sharing in my next post.
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. Plus, recovery from a serious illness also makes it difficult to fall asleep and stay asleep because of the stress put on your adrenal glands.
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.
It seems to be everywhere! So many things that can cause stress responses in your body.
And you know that 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 or yoga. Or even mindful eating. What about those new adult colouring books that are all the rage now?
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.
The methodology I teach in "The Clean Lean & Serene Method 12 Week Hormone Balancing Weight Loss Programme" covers ALL of these areas!
And I have been educating, coaching and supporting clients for over 12 years using this method to naturally balance their hormones in order to naturally and sustainably lose fat, increase their energy and improve the health of their body on the inside and well as on the outside.
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