As mentioned in our previous article, healthy eating and a healthy lifestyle go hand-in-hand with healthy weight. Unhealthy, sugar-laden, processed foods contribute to weight gain, so too does an unhealthy lifestyle and lifestyle choices.
Eating a well-balanced diet will keep you healthy. If, however, you’re living a sedentary lifestyle fraught with stress, you may be packing on the pounds or be unable to move the needle on the scale. Stress can lead to myriad health issues, including weight gain or the inability to lose weight.
In addition to the Ten Tips For Losing Weight (LINK) we offered in part one of our “Why Can’t I Lose Weight” series, here are additional lifestyle, health and food changes to consider.
Your liver is sluggish. If you are feeling moody, tired and have low energy you would benefit from a liver cleanse. If your diet is heavy on coffee, sugar and alcohol, this contributes to a sluggish liver. If your liver is sluggish, it will struggle to perform its task which is to process toxins and substances efficiently. An unhealthy liver leads to a toxic build-up in your body and this will lead to weight gain. Talk with the medical professionals at Grand Canyon Clinics about the benefits of a seasonal – or regular – cleanse for your liver. Exogenous toxins are also a huge part of a sluggish liver and cannot be fully avoided. Plastics, pesticides, chemicals in cosmetic products etc. Dr. Austin said, “When you take time to detox the liver and heal the gut it is ten times easier to lose the weight and keep it off.”
Skipping breakfast could lead to weight gain. Although there are benefits to Intermittent Fasting and many who practice this do skip breakfast, it needs to be part of an overall healthful lifestyle change Intermittent Fasting is fantastic for overall health, weight loss, lowering inflammation, metabolic disorders like diabetes, etc. Individuals who skip breakfast find themselves ravenous when they do finally break their fast and they tend to overeat. Eating within an hour of waking and eating a breakfast that is protein-packed, high in fiber and low in sugar will help you feel fuller longer; this could prevent overeating later.
Eating too close to bedtime can lead to weight gain, poor sleep and acid reflux. Eating too close to bedtime truly is a game changer for individuals who are looking to lose weight – not in a positive manner. Eating prior to bedtime can raise your blood sugar and insulin and your body temperature; this combination will make it harder for your body to burn fat. A good rule of thumb is to eat your last meal of the day three hours before you go to sleep. Snacking after supper sometimes results in mindless grazing and you will be ingesting more calories than you realize if you’re snacking while on the computer or in front of the television.
Stress can lead to weight gain because some people who experience stress turn to high calorie, high fat “comfort” foods. Your body will also store fat when stress levels are high. Stress leads to high cortisol levels which leads to gaining extra weight around the mid-section.
Gender plays a role in weight loss. Yes it’s been said it’s unfair men are better able to drop pounds than women are; that being said, women are better at long term weight loss success.
Metabolism may be to blame for your lack of weight loss or your weight loss plateau. The rate at which you burn calories is based on your individual metabolism and other factors. Individuals with a higher percentage of body fat burn fewer calories than individuals with lean, muscular bodies.
Age may play a role in weight loss. As we age, metabolism decreases between two and eight percent every decade. This is why many middle-aged individuals fight the battle of the bulge.
Eating too little – as odd as that sounds – may also make it harder to burn calories. If you eat too few calories, your body will go into “starvation” mode and will burn stored calories more slowly.
Lack of deep sleep matters. If you don’t get enough sleep and enough good sleep, it will be harder to lose weight. Metabolism slows and you won’t be burning as many calories if you’re not sleeping well. Also, when you’re tired you’re more likely to make poor food choices – it’s “easier” to choose processed foods over making a healthy meal, when you’re tired.
Can I blame my thyroid? Yes. If your thyroid is underactive, a condition called hypothyroidism, this can lead to weight gain caused by a build up of water and salt in your body. An overactive thyroid, called hyperthyroidism, can also lead to weight gain because you may feel hungrier and eat more often. When the medical professionals from Grand Canyon Clinics works with their male and female clients they perform full blood panel workups as a way to pinpoint the cause of health issues and to help them formulate an overall, whole body plan.
CEO and Medical Director of Grand Canyon Clinics Dr. Brandon Chastant said, “There are many factors that cause weight loss difficulties. In many cases there are more than one contributing factor to the inability to lose weight.”
Losing weight, and maintaining a healthy weight, needs to be a way of life – not a “diet of the moment” to shed pounds quickly. Starving yourself and fad diets are not sustainable and can do more harm than good to your overall health. To attain a healthy wait and maintain that healthy weight, we show our patients the benefits of committing to a lifestyle change. Dr. Chastant said, “We want our patients to say, ‘I want to get, and stay, healthy for a lifetime, not just for a special event or a moment in time.”
Call Grand Canyon Clinics to schedule an in-office appointment with Dr. Austin or Dr. Chastant or to schedule a telemedicine appointment with Dr. Chastant. Telemedicine appointments are available for patients in Arizona and California and are conducted from the comfort of your own home.