Haven’t changed anything in your diet but getting bigger?
You are positive that you're not eating more food or “junkier” food but you're still gaining weight.
Is this possible? Yes, it is! And here's why. The whole “calories in, calories out” argument is an overly simplistic view of weight. There's definitely more to the story than just what you're eating.
A lot of this comes right 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 beyond the “eat less and exercise more” advice and dive into some of the less obvious underlying reasons why you may be gaining weight even though you're eating the same.
People will commonly experience lower energy levels, more digestive discomfort, weight gain and aches and pains as they age.
Ageing can result in hormonal changes for both men and women. And these can contribute to loss of some lean muscle mass, as well as increases and changes in fat storage on our bodies.
The good thing is that, this is very common. It may be necessary for you to reduce how much you eat and focus on nutrient dense foods and limit those which are calorie dense. Eating a wholefood plant-based diet can really help you to achieve this.
Increasing your activity levels and including weight bearing activities are also important, to help support good bone health.
Your thyroid is the master controller of your metabolism and can be a massive contributor to your weight gain. There are several things that can affect it and throw it off course.
When your thyroid gets off course and produces fewer hormones your metabolism slows down. And when your metabolism slows down you can gain weight. Even though you're eating the same way you always have.
Tip: Talk with your doctor about having your hormones tested.
There is plenty of research that shows the influence that sleep has on your metabolic rate. As we age it can become harder and harder to get a good night's sleep.
The general consensus is to get 7-9 hours of sleep every night to help avoid weight gain.
It's true! Lack of sleep is linked with weight gain for a variety of reasons.
Who ever thought you can sleep off your weight?
Tip: Try to get at least 7 hours of sleep every night. The first place to start is by implementing a calming before bedtime routine.
It seems to be everywhere! So many things that can cause stress responses in your body. Stress hormones are not going to help you sustain healthy habits or maintain a healthy weight.
While you can't necessarily change your stressors you can try to adjust your stress response to them and learn ways to manage it that work for you.
Tip: Try meditation or yoga. Or even mindful eating. Going for a walk, especially surrounded by nature can really help you to manage stress.
There are lots of factors that can affect your weight, even if you're eating the same way you always have. Ageing, 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.
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