Extra calories may not be the only cause of weight gain.
- Lack of Sleep
When you are not sleeping well at night, your body goes through some stress, and this causes your body cells to store more fat. Warning signs of too little sleep include feeling fatigued, constantly feeling out of energy, feeling irritable, and easily falling asleep during the day.
- High Stress Levels
Stress eating is never the answer. But unfortunately it is in our nature to reach for something loaded with carbs, deep fried, or smothered in chocolate.
When we stress, the body releases a hormone called cortisol, which can have an effect on the thyroid as well as the brain. This can then cause the metabolism to slow down. Try to better this habit by reaching for healthy snacks like carrot sticks and celery. The crunch can become satisfying and addictive, which is good as long as it keeps you away from the sweets!
- Certain Medications
Certain medication can leave you scratching your head, wondering why you cannot lose weight. Common medications that do this include medication used to treat: depression, seizures, blood pressure and migraines. If you use these in large amounts or over a long period of time, the weight gain results can be devastating.
Some other medication that causes weight gain to a lesser extent includes hormone replacement therapy, steroids, and oral contraceptives.
- An Underlying Medical Condition
Hypothyroidism is the most common underlying medical cause for weight gain. This is when the thyroid gland cannot produce enough of the thyroid hormone, which causes a decrease in the metabolism, which leads to weight gain.
You don’t have to tell any woman about the nightmare of menopause and weight gain! But due to the decrease in the hormone called estrogen, women tend to experience an increase in weight, especially around the mid section. This can often be difficult to deal with on top of all the other menopausal symptoms, and weight loss during menopause is usally said to be more difficult than during other times of your life.
How to Lose Weight and Keep It Off
Even if any of the above mentioned causes are the reason for your weight gain, you can still take control of your life and start getting back into shape.
Follow the Manna Diet by downloading the FREE e-book as well as using the Manna Blood Sugar Support supplement with each meal and you can also replace one to two meals per day with the Manna Low GI Shakes.