Hidden Causes of Weight Gain #2
In this blog we continue to look at some of the reasons why people may find it difficult to lose weight. Over the years the composition of Wheyless shakes have been modified to accommodate new research into these areas and the addition of digestive enzymes, Lactium® and probiotics are just three examples of how Wheyless is now targeting a range of non-caloric causes of weight gain. In my previous blog I discussed: stress; medication and hormone imbalance and I continue here with:
Some women gain weight around the time of their period. This is a cyclical phenomenon and there are a few reasons for it. Oestrogen levels peak in the middle of the menstrual cycle and can lead to bloating and fluid retention possibly amounting to a couple of kilograms of temporary weight gain. When oestrogen levels drop at the start of the period, the weight is usually lost. Progesterone is the hormone that kicks in during the second half of the cycle and may also cause water retention, breast swelling and tenderness. The real challenge at such times is to manage the craving for salty, sugary foods which aggravates weight gain and leads to even more fluid retention. Stay away from foods like pizza, chips, ice creams and doughnuts. Seek out substitutes like protein, nuts, avocado and yoghurt to stabilise blood sugar and keep your weight loss goals on track.
5. Food Addiction
Food sensitivities tend to make an allergic person crave those foods to which they are adversely affected. Compulsive eating of a particular food usually indicates an addiction to that food. This arises in order to prevent the withdrawal symptoms which occur if the offending food is no longer available. Water retention and obesity are related to increased intake of the offending foods, which are often gluten-containing, such as bread, cakes, biscuits, pasta or milk-based such as flavoured milk, ice cream or cheese. The weight loss that frequently occurs when someone reverts to following a low allergy diet often has nothing to do with the calories. Breaking the craving allows the body to revert to a less stressed situation. Hormones and neurotransmitters will resume a more normal balance. The allergic reaction itself can result in plummeting sugar levels with associated weakness, hunger and irritability. Allergic hunger does not respond to the usual satiety hormones secreted by the body when food is consumed in normal amounts. Both addictive and allergic responses to certain foods can cause uncontrollable eating behaviour and should be recognised as such.
6. Lack of Exercise
When your muscles are not exercised enough they begin to break down, according to the American Council on Exercise. This loss of lean muscle mass is also associated with fatty infiltration of the muscles, causing fatty tissue to develop around the muscles. Muscle burns fat so it goes to reason that if you don’t have much muscle you begin to gain weight. Muscle is also the largest insulin-sensitive tissue in the body. Without sufficient muscle tissue you cannot effectively deliver blood sugar to enough muscle cells to produce energy and this leads to higher blood sugar, insulin resistance and sets the scene for pre-diabetes and Type 2 diabetes which are frequently associated with obesity and weight gain. While it is true that diet is more important than exercise when it comes to weight loss, a good exercise program can help maintain muscles, improve mitochondrial function and oxygenate tissues.
In my next blog I will wrap up this topic looking at:
7. Fluid Retention
8. Environmental Chemicals
9. Unhealthy Gut Bacteria