Pressure to lose weight is everywhere in today’s society, and is something that we are reminded of on a daily basis. The thought might creep in when you look in the mirror or step on the scale, eat lunch or grab a glass of wine, watch a favorite television show or flip through a magazine, that you could look thinner, be healthier, or do more. Whether you need to lose weight for health reasons or are struggling with shedding that last 10 pounds, and if everything you’ve tried seems to yield no results, you might want to consider a visit to Advance Health and Wellness. Many times, therapies and treatments like those we offer can provide the jump start you need to begin or complete your weight loss journey.
To understand weight loss, it helps to understand weight gain. There are many factors in our lives that can cause weight gain. Stress, poor dietary choices, and lack of exercise are often the root causes of weight gain among people today.
In women, premenstrual syndrome (PMS), postpartum depression in those who have recently given birth, polycystic ovarian syndrome, and menopause are also contributors to weigh gain and the inability to lose weight. Taking birth control has also been linked.
Less common but more complex factors for both genders include hypothyroidism, diabetes, or Crone’s Disease. Even mental conditions such as depression, anxiety, or bipolar disorder have been linked to weight gain.
As previously mentioned, stress can be a huge contributor to weight gain. Our prehistoric ancestors needed stress to survive, because it would trigger hunger in response to the possibility of scarcity of food. Today, for most people in this country, food is readily available. Therefore, this reaction of hunger in response to stress does nothing but cause us to eat for comfort, and gain unwanted weight. The body also stores fat due to stress, especially around the mid-section. If we continue to be stressed, the body could take that as a sign that food may not be available any longer, storing all that unwanted fat, as a squirrel would store nuts for winter.
What we eat makes as big a difference to our weight as how much of it we eat. Replacing sugars, carbohydrates, and heavy dairy products with vegetables, fruits, and foods with high protein is a good place to start. Most of these foods not only have nutritional benefits, but will not add unwanted calories to your daily intake. In some cases, the inability to lose weight while eating what we believe to be “healthy” foods, can be a sign of dairy or gluten intolerances. Additionally, additives in non-organic foods or those grown with GMOs have been linked to otherwise inexplicable weight problems.
Reaching and maintaining a healthy weight is not generally possible without exercise and physical activity. For this reason, many never reach their weight loss and health goals. While it can be difficult to find the time or motivation to hit the gym, it is possible to make small changes to increase your calorie burning activities. Simply walking on lunch breaks or taking the stairs at work can make a big difference.
Sometimes, all that we do does not seem to be enough to lose weight. Even when we do, it is difficult to keep off, especially if a crash diet or a dietary change that is difficult to continue long term was the cause of your weight loss. A consultation with someone who will listen without judgement and discuss an individualized and realistic plan with you may be all it takes to change your body, and your life.