|Common Causes of Weight Gain in the
Stomach, Belly, Hips, Thighs and Waist.
Identify the cause and weight loss can be easy!
Do you have trouble losing weight and can't figure out why? If so, you are not alone.
Difficult weight gain in the stomach, belly, waist, hips and thighs can be nearly
impossible to lose unless you can properly identify the underlying factor(s) that is
causing the weight gain. This isn't always easy because there are so many potential
causes of weight gain. For some, the cause of weight gain could simply be lack of
exercise or excess calories in the diet. But those are the easy cases to solve. A simple
diet and exercise log is all I need to correct a poor diet or improper exercise. But for you,
the cause of weight gain could be something hidden deep in your metabolism-
something that is preventing you from losing weight no matter how hard you try. And
often, the harder you try, the more weight you gain. The reason for this difficulty may be
because you are not addressing the cause of your weight gain. This can be so
frustrating that you may want to give up trying to lose weight. You may feel like you want
to quit exercising and eat junk food because you figure you are going to gain weight
I once worked with a patient who swore to me she only ate 500 calories a day and that
she exercised every single day. And her daily food log backed this up- she was eating
well under a thousand calories per day, yet she weighed well over 300 lbs. and she was
unable to lose any weight no matter how much she exercised. That is, she was unable to
lose weight until we uncovered the underlying cause of her weight gain. This
particular individual had a severe case of anemia that was preventing her from
converting fat into energy. There was no way she was going to lose weight until the
anemia was corrected. But once we corrected the underlying cause of her weight gain
(anemia in her case), she began losing body fat at a very rapid pace.
There is Hope
Once you identify the cause of your weight gain, it is often very easy to correct it
naturally. Weight loss will then be much easier and will tend to be long lasting. Here are
some of the many causes of weight gain we look for in all of our patients who have
trouble losing weight.
1- Thyroid Function and the Metabolism
Thyroid hormone regulates the rate of the metabolism in your body. So if it is off,
you will likely become fat and have low energy. Other symptoms of low thyroid include
weakness, cold hands or feet, constipation, low immunity and brittle hair. The tricky
thing about the thyroid is that there are more than 10 things that can go wrong with the
thyroid leading to hypo-thyroid (low thyroid). Yet most doctors only check 1 or 2 pieces
of the thyroid which means they miss most opportunities to help their patients get better.
Once you identify which piece or pieces of the thyroid is failing, it can often be restored
to normal without medication being needed. A normal thyroid means a normal metabolic
rate with fat loss and better energy soon to follow.
How can I correct my thyroid?
First, identify if you have a thyroid issue by working with a qualified health care
professional. If you are unable to work with me directly, have your doctor check your
thyroid and check it thoroughly!
Once you identify the issue, it is often easy to correct and many times it is not even
related to the thyroid but rather another issue(s) that might appear to be a thyroid issue.
I will discuss many of those issues below.
2- Adrenal Fatigue and Difficult Weight Loss
Stress makes you fat and here's why. Stress will make you release high amounts of
hormones called cortisol and adrenaline. High cortisol or adrenaline levels will lead to
fat gain around the belly and eventually to adrenal fatigue. Adrenal fatigue leads to
excessively low cortisol levels which will cause bloating, fatigue, sleep disturbances, salt
cravings and even more difficulty with weight gain. That's right, high or low cortisol will
cause weight gain and adrenaline further complicates the issue! In order to lose weight,
cortisol and adrenaline have to be "just right." If you have some form of adrenal fatigue,
it will be impossible to lose weight unless the adrenals are repaired.
How do I correct Adrenal fatigue?
Thankfully, adrenal fatigue is easy to identify and correct. Identification requires two
1) A cortisol test which can be measured from either blood or saliva.
2) My Metabolic Profile which can give us insight into adrenaline production and help
me determine the exact type of adrenal fatigue. Without this information you are just
guessing at the best way to correct the issue. You can test your metabolism here.
Learn more about how adrenal fatigue causes weight gain.
3- Estrogen and other Hormone Impact your Weight
Those with excessive fat stores (women and men) tend to have excess estrogen. This is
because fat cells produce, store and release estrogen. In fact, body fat is now
considered an endocrine (hormone producing) organ. Excess estrogen binds up thyroid
hormone making it useless. This makes weight loss very difficult, especially in the
hips and thighs. Beyond weight gain, excess estrogen is also linked to many types of
cancer including breast cancer and prostate cancer. It is important for both men and
women to have estrogen (along with thyroid and adrenals) monitored and possibly
treated to reduce risk of cancer and all of the obesity related diseases. There are
natural substances that are very effective at aiding estrogen metabolism as well as
proper detoxification and elimination of estrogen by-products.
4- Toxicity and Fat Gain
Toxins cause your body to malfunction and can destroy your cells all together. This
causes inflammation that can lead to changes in appetite and the inability to burn
fat. In other words, toxicity can be one of the underlying causes of weight gain. I must
give caution to anyone who is trying to drop body fat. If your fat cells are toxic, rapid
weight loss can release those toxins into your blood stream at high levels. This is one
reason why people might not feel very well or might get sick once they begin to loose
weight. I will implement strategies to help you avoid getting poisoned by your own stored
toxins during fat loss.
How do I know if I am toxic???
Have you ever had silver dental fillings? Do you have carpeting in your home or work
place? Has your home or work place ever been sprayed for bugs? Do you have scented
candles in your home? Do you breath air? Do you drink water? Do you eat food? I think
you get the point. We are all toxic to some degree. Is it so much that it is preventing you
from losing weight?
My Metabolic Profile has a panel within it that analyzes both kidney and liver toxicity. If
you are toxic, this test will not only reveal this information but will guide you on the type
of detoxification program that will best help you eliminate poisons from your body.
5- Food Allergies/Sensitivities and Weight Gain
Some people are born with food allergies and some people develop them later in life.
Some reactions occur within minutes and are very severe. Other reactions can take
days and may only appear to be mild. During these delayed allergic reactions a large
amount of inflammation can occur throughout the body which can cause problems with
insulin sensitivity and many other problems that can cause weight gain.
Learn more about Food Allergies and Weight Loss.
Read our Food Allergy Symptom Survey
Test your Food Allergies so you can start losing weight
6- Sleep Disturbances and Body Composition
Your body constantly breaks itself down and then repairs itself. Sleep is when most of
the repair occurs. Growth hormone, which is very high during deep sleep, helps the
repair processes. Muscles needs growth hormone in order to repair after exercise.
When you have more muscle mass, you automatically burn more calories and fat.
Leptin, another hormone produced during deep sleep, tells your brain you are full after
eating a meal. If you do not sleep properly, it is likely that you have increased cravings
due to low leptin levels. Sleep issues can also be the underlying cause of weight gain.
7- Serotonin/Dopamine Imbalances and Weight Gain
Neurotransmitters such as serotonin send signals to your brain to regulate hunger. Low
serotonin levels seem to be common based on the fact that 25 million Americans have
taken SSRI (Prozac type) drugs aimed at boosting serotonin levels. Low levels of
serotonin can lead to depression, anxiety, sleep disorders, increased pain and
cravings (especially for sugars), which leads to weight gain. Normal serotonin
levels can easily be achieved with natural therapies
8- Digestion and Body Fat
Your body contains trillions of bacteria that line your intestines. Some of them are very
beneficial, helping you breakdown food and make nutrients from the food while others
can cause serious illnesses, absorption problems as well as inflammation. With
proper care, you can balance your gut bacteria, improve digestion and overall health,
and lose weight.
9- Genetics, Weight Loss and Fitness
Studies at Stanford University have shown that individuals who eat according to their
genotype lose almost 3 times as much weight and drop more than double the
inches around their waist as those who eat the same number of calories but not
according to their genotype. The only way to know your genotype is to have Dr. Webster
or Dr, Sharp test for it. This remarkable test will not only tell you the best type of diet for
your weight loss success, but also the type and amount of exercise that will give you the
best results, the extra nutrients that your system might require and much more about
your individual metabolism.
10- Hydration and the Metabolism
Your body is a complex chemistry set and without enough water, none of the chemicals
can mix properly. If you are not well hydrated, your hormones, neurotransmitters and
other important chemicals will not work like they are supposed to. The result will be a
sluggish metabolism and poor energy levels. And remember, if you aren't burning
energy, then you are storing it as body fat. It is very clear that dehydration is one of the
most common causes of weight gain today.
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