So what’s going on?
You are absolutely positive that you’re not eating more food or ‘naughty’ food, but you still feel like you’re gaining weight….
Is it possible?
You’re not going doo-lally!
We both know that there’s loads more to weigh loss than calories in verses calories out. It’s not just about how much you’re eating.
A lot of this comes down to your metabolic rate which is affected by things like your activity level, history of dieting, body composition, and even what you eat.
But, let’s go a bit deeper than the “eat less and exercise more” formula and dive into some of the less obvious reasons why you may be gaining weight even though you’re eating the same.
Have you considered that things like aging, hormones, sleep and stress may have something to do with it all?
Let’s look as these three things a little bit closer:
No doubt about it, our bodies change as we get older and there’s no escaping it! As we age, we have lower energy levels, more digestive discomfort, weight gain, as well as aches and pains – Great!!
Aging changes our hormone levels and our hormone levels have a direct effect on how and where we store fat, and can contribute to loss of lean muscle mass. Aging is inevitable isn’t it, but we can adapt our diet, lifestyle and exercise regimes to accommodate the change.
The Thyroid is the ‘master’ of your metabolism and can be a massive contributor to changes in weight. There are several things that can affect it and throw it off course.
When your thyroid gets thrown off course and produces fewer hormones your metabolism slows down. When your metabolism slows down you can gain weight, even though you’re eating the same way you always have.
Other hormonal changes take place too which can add to unexpected weight gain, so it may be worth having a chat with your doctor about having a full hormone test.
Lack of sleep can definitely effect your weight.
There’s now tons of research that shows that sleep has a direct influence on metabolic rate and as we age, for lots of reasons, it can become harder to get a good night’s sleep. The general consensus is to get 7-9 hours per night. You can read more about sleep and why it’s so important in one of my earlier blog posts HERE.
Stress effects everyone and there are so many things that can cause stress responses in the body. If you are stressed out the likelihood is that you will find it more difficult to lose the extra pounds.
While you can’t necessarily change the stress factors in your life you can definitely adjust your stress response to them.
Why not give meditation or mindfulness a go? Or even take some time out to try one of those adult colouring books that are all the go at the moment?!
There are loads of things 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.