|What Causes Weight Gain in the Stomach, Belly and
And how do you lose that stubborn weight?
Have you ever wondered why some people can easily lose weight by simply eating less or exercising a bit more,
while others go to extremes with starvation diets or hours long exercise routines only to see modest weight loss or
even weight gain in the stomach, waist or thighs? If you are one of those who can't lose weight no matter what you
try, 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 your 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 anyway.
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 losing weight.
1- Thyroid Function and the Metabolism
Thyroid hormone regulates the rate of the metabolism of every cell in your body. A poorly functioning thyroid
gland is very common. But so is poorly functioning thyroid hormone. This does not necessarily mean that you are
hypo-thyroid (low thyroid) as defined by a typical blood test. It simply means that the thyroid system is not working
as well as it should be. People with hypo-thyroid or low thyroid or poorly functioning thyroid might experience similar
symptoms including weight gain, fatigue, weakness, cold hands or feet, constipation, or develop brittle hair. The
most important thing I do is properly identify the cause of the thyroid dysfunction. This will allow me to focus
treatment on the cause of the disorder which can often be reversed.
2- Insulin Resistance and Fat Storage
Insulin is a hormone released in response to excess blood sugar which greatly impacts weight gain in the
stomach or belly. Insulin forces your cells to use sugar from the blood for energy. If the cells become insulin
resistant, sugar will not get used for energy but rather be stored as fat, making you fatter. If too much sugar builds
up in the blood (diabetes), it can cause large amounts of damage. Restoring insulin sensitivity is very easy and is
a great way to reduce body fat, improve energy and overall health. It also happens to be the best anti-aging step
you can take. Discover how insulin resistance causes weight gain and other health problems.
3- Adrenal Fatigue and Difficult Weight Loss
Stress will make you release high amounts of cortisol which can reduce healing and may cause poor digestion,
preventing you from absorbing nutrients from food. Chronic high cortisol levels will lead to fat gain around the
belly and eventually to adrenal fatigue. Adrenal fatigue leads to low cortisol levels which will cause bloating,
fatigue, sleep disturbances, salt cravings and overall weight gain. Low cortisol can also disrupt the normal action
of thyroid hormone. 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
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
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 metabolism.
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.
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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
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