If you’re unable to lose weight after years of trying, it’s natural to become frustrated. But the inability to lose weight is just the tip of the iceberg; you’re not seeing the real reasons behind your weight gain that lie beneath the surface. Your body could be showing subtle signs of something more serious, and paying attention to these signs can address the real reason behind your weight problem.
Here are five key reasons behind unexplained weight gain and your inability to lose weight.
Having just one of these five issues can undermine your weight loss plan:
- Poor gut health
- Thyroid issues
- Food sensitivities
- Chronic stress
- Sluggish metabolism
Learn more about how to recognize these issues and what you can do about them. It’s time to get to the underlying issues behind your inability to lose weight.
Restore your gut health
With over 100 trillion bacteria, your gut has a strong grip over your body’s weight. A 2009 study proved that the type of bacteria you harbor can influence your body weight. Researchers found that poor diversity of gut bacteria and low counts of beneficial bacteria among the obese caused weight gain. For the same reasons, they observed less fat burning and more weight gain.
How to restore your gut health
Fermented foods like Kimchi, Sauerkraut, and yogurt increase beneficial bacteria. Choose plenty of fiber-rich foods, as these are prebiotics and gut bacteria thrive on them. Consider high-quality probiotic supplements to increase diverse strains of healthy bacteria. Flora Max and Probiotic Defense can get you started with improving your gut health.
Thyroid health is key to your metabolism. An underperforming thyroid doesn’t allow your body to be an efficient fat burner. Check your thyroid levels and follow the correct treatment plan. Healthy thyroids efficiently burn stored body fat. Thyroid 150 by Vitagenis is an excellent way to help manage your thyroid.
How to improve thyroid issues
Selenium helps boost thyroid health, so eat selenium-rich foods like brazil nuts, spinach, eggs, and yellow-fin tuna. You should also include B-vitamin rich foods like whole grains, eggs, salmon, sunflower seeds, pistachios, and flax seeds. Choose supplements that aid thyroid health like Thyroid 150 by Vitagenis; it provides a combination of foundational elements with supportive nutrients.
If you are sensitive to certain foods, your body reacts differently. You’ll notice this in the form of bloating, and sometimes in the form of sugar cravings. Food sensitivity affects adrenal glands, which release histamines and stress hormones. Histamine leads to inflammation, and stress hormones spike your blood sugar levels. This combination paves the way for conditions like leaky gut syndrome, allergies, and weight gain.
How to manage food sensitivities
Avoid common allergens like eggs, peanuts, and gluten. Keep a week’s record of everything you eat. Note the symptoms you develop to specific foods and avoid them. You will have an idea about which foods you’re sensitive to. If you’re unsure of your food sensitivities, schedule a consultation with Dr. Altman, our functional medicine doctor to assist you with diagnosis and treatment.
Your body responds to prolonged stress by increasing levels of cortisol and spiking blood sugar. Cortisol encourages fat storage, contributes to overeating, and decreases lean muscle mass. Cortisol also encourages fat gain.
How to manage chronic stress
Caffeine encourages cortisol levels, so cut back on it. For those of you who have the need for caffeine, or coffee flavoring a couple of great recommendations are Vitagenis Expresso Power Greens or Energy. Stress can contribute to poor gut health, and vice versa. Strive to eat gut-friendly foods and avoid heavily-processed foods. Practice simple relaxation techniques like 5 minutes of slow, deep breathing, or a quick walk around the block. For deeper relaxation, try saunas, footbaths, and mind-body programs to lower stress and calm your body.
A sluggish metabolism means poor ability to burn stored body fat. In other words, you’re saving the calories you eat, which results in weight gain. The aforementioned factors like stress, poor thyroid health, and hormone imbalance can slow down your natural ability to burn fat.
How to boost a sluggish metabolism
Increase muscle mass with strength training exercises. Muscles burn more calories and keep your metabolic rate high. Drink hot water with lemon on an empty stomach; it helps you detox and boosts your metabolic rate. Adding things like Vitagenis Boost Drops, filled with nutrients that help speed up your metabolism, reduce your appetite, increase the energy that also contains highly sought after Garcinia Cambogia. You may also consider another great product from Vitagenis, few drops of MCT oil in your favorite tea to improve thermogenesis. MCT oil promotes fat burning and revs up your metabolic rate. Choose foods that increase your metabolic rate, like green tea and spices like ginger, cinnamon, and cayenne pepper.
Consult a Wellness Expert
- Turnbaugh PJ et.al. A core gut microbiome in obese and lean twins. Nature. 2009 Jan 22;457(7228):480-4.
- Moyer AE et.al Stress-induced cortisol response and fat distribution in women. Obes Res. 1994 May;2(3):255-62.