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Haven’t Changed Anything in Your Diet But Getting Fatter?

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!

Even if you have made many changes in your diet for the better, there are other things to consider that may be keeping your weight loss attempts stagnant.

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.

If you are at your wit’s end trying to figure out what is going on and nothing you try is working for you, click here to find a time on my calendar so we can talk.

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:

  • Aging
  • Hormones
  • Sleep
  • Stress

 

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. It is also fixable.

Aging does not have to be synonymous with weight gain. You will need to make lifestyle adjustments as you age, but you can stay fit and trim and strong with the proper changes.

Pro Tip: Work out with weights and lift as heavy as you can go with good form. It is also beneficial to work with a Certified Personal Trainer in person, just be sure to check out their certification and make sure it’s not one of the quick, dirty, and cheap internet certifications.

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: Talk to your doctor about having your hormones tested. If your thyroid is out of whack, it’s a medical issue and needs to be checked out and treated properly.

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 and a whole host of other issues.

Whoever 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

It seems to be everywhere!  So many things everywhere 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. How you deal with the stress is just as important, if not more so, than trying to get rid of the stressors.

Pro Tip:  Try meditation or yoga.  Or even mindful eating.  What about those new adult coloring books that are all the rage now?

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.

So, make sure you are doing the following to help stay on track with your weight and fat loss.

  • Get enough exercise and lift weight (don’t just do cardio)
  • Take care of any hormonal imbalances with your physician
  • Create a sleep routine and sleep 7-9 hours a night
  • Learn stress handling techniques and practice them

If you feel like you have tried everything to lose weight and nothing works anymore, click here to access my calendar and set up a time so we can talk and I can help get you back on track.

References

https://authoritynutrition.com/lose-weight-in-menopause/
http://www.precisionnutrition.com/sleep-stress-and-fat-loss

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