|Top 10 Causes of Weight Gain in the
Stomach, Belly, Hips, Thighs and Waist.
Identify the cause and you can lose those stubborn inches!
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 that is the cause of
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. For others, the cause of weight
gain could be something hidden deep in their metabolism; something that is preventing
them from losing weight no matter how hard they try. And often, the harder they try, the
more weight they gain. The reason for this difficulty is that they are not addressing the
cause of the weight gain, usually because they have no idea what the cause is. This can
be so frustrating that many people give up on their quest for health and weight loss. They
quit exercising and they eat junk food because they know they 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. 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.
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
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.
2- Insulin Resistance and Fat Storage
Insulin is a fat-storing hormone released in response to excess blood sugar. It greatly
impacts weight gain in the stomach/belly initially and eventually leads to weight gain all
over the body. Insulin resistance means that insulin isn't working very well in your body, so
you end up releasing more of it. This makes you fat! Insulin resistance is extremely
common today but once identified, insulin resistance is very easy to reverse. Improving
your insulin response is a great way to reduce body fat, improve energy and overall health.
It also happens to be one of the best anti-aging steps you can take. Discover how insulin
resistance causes weight gain and other health problems.
3- Adrenal Fatigue and Difficult Weight Loss
Stress makes you fat and here's why. Stress will make you release high amounts of a
hormone called cortisol. High cortisol 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, cortisol causes weight gain if it is too high or too low! In order to
lose weight, cortisol has to be "just right." Low cortisol can also disrupt thyroid hormone
which leads to further weight gain. If you have adrenal fatigue, it will be impossible to lose
weight unless the adrenals are repaired. Thankfully, adrenal fatigue is easy to diagnose
and treat. Learn more about how adrenal fatigue causes weight gain.
4- 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 store and release estrogen (as well as cortisol and inflammatory
agents). In fact, body fat is now considered an endocrine organ. Excess estrogen stresses
the adrenal glands and binds up thyroid hormone, making weight loss very difficult,
especially in the hips and thighs. Excess estrogen is also closely linked to many types of
cancer including breast cancer and prostate cancer. It is very 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 and proper detoxification
and elimination of estrogen by-products.
5- Toxicity and Fat Gain
Toxins bind to our cells causing them to malfunction. Toxins can also destroy the cell 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.
If you have ever had silver dental fillings in your teeth, you are probably mercury toxic.
There is actually more mercury than silver in those ugly black filings. Mercury poisoning
can cause overgrowth of parasites and yeast that can cause you to have sugar cravings,
ultimately leading to weight gain. Other conditions made worse by mercury include
dementia, anxiety, depression, hypertension, heart disease, and cancer. Once mercury is
in your body it is very difficult for your body to eliminate and therefore mercury must be
carefully removed by an experienced professional. Once the mercury is eliminated from
the body, the yeasts, parasites and other bugs often to go away along with the sugar
cravings and weight loss is much easier to achieve. Read more about Mercury Poisoning.
6- 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
7- 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.
8- 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
9- 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.
10- 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
Bonus! 11- 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.
Obesity is Dangerous
There are lots of reasons why you should try to avoid excess weight gain; it's unattractive,
it makes you feel bad about yourself and makes you feel bad physically due to decreased
energy. But the most important reason to maintain a healthy body weight is because
excess weight gain is dangerous! Obesity can increase your risk of heart disease, stroke,
dementia, arthritis and more.
Read about some of our favorite Tips for Healthy Weight Loss.
At Complete Health and Weight Loss, we will uncover the underlying cause, or causes,
of your troubling weight gain. After it is identified we will develop a customized program
aimed at reversing the underlying cause of your weight gain. Once corrected, weight loss
will no longer be a problem! Our treatment methods are safe, natural and best of all they
are proven to work. Call now to get started losing weight TODAY!!
Phone consultations are available. You do not have to live in the Dallas area for
us to help you lose weight.
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