Getting fatter even though you haven’t changed anything in your diet?

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We know that a major factor in maintaining a healthy weight is your nutrition – but does it seem like you’re gaining more weight even though you haven’t changed anything in your diet?

As in you are completely certain that you haven’t given in to overeating or eating junky food, yet you’re still getting fatter?

How is that even possible, right? Oh it’s possible, but you’re not alone, and you’re certainly not losing your mind!

And there a a few reasons why:
We’re finally accepting that the concept of calories in vs calories out is way too simplistic when dealing with the issue of weight, and there’s more to the story of just the amount of food you’re eating versus what you’re working off.

What really comes into play here is that your metabolic rate is affected by things like your level of activity, food intake/quality history, body type/composition, and of course, what you eat.

So we’ll move ahead of the simplistic “eat less and exercise more” advice and learn more about underlying and powerfully subtle reasons why you may be gaining fat even though your eating habits are the same: aging process, hormones, sleep, stress.

Reason #1 The process of aging

I say “the process” because I don’t want you to “pick a number” and blame it. Obvious signs of aging can begin sooner or later depending on the support and investment into health and activity levels, right from our youth. So, interesting things can happen as we get older – energy levels may get lower than before, others may experience digestive discomfort, an increase in weight as well as here and there aches and pains.

This process can also result in changes in hormonal activity for both men and women – so all these could be a major cause of increased fat storage in and decrease in lean muscle mass. 

Understand that this happens a lot and there’s no need to feel blame or at fault at all! What’s important as we grow older is to recognize that it is an inevitable blessing (otherwise we would die young) and to focus on the several benefits of getting older as well and set your eyes on what you CAN actually do to support the aging process now.

Reason #2 Hormones

Since your thyroid is the key factor in controlling your metabolism, it can be a huge contributing factor to your gaining weight. And several things could affect it and throw it off balance.

If things get off balance with your hormones, causing it produce less, it affects your metabolism, causing it “slow down” in lay man’s terms. That of course, will cause you to gain weight even though you’re eating the same way you always have.

Expert Tip: Discuss getting your hormones tested with your doctor, and of course, try the thyroid-friendly recipe I included for you at the end of this scoop.

Reason #3 Sleep

Have you heard about all the research showing the effect sleep has on your metabolic rate? There is a lot of discoveries out there supporting this. The lack of sleep is connected with getting fatter!

And in general, getting a good nights sleep can become more difficult as we age so then we can see why one could gain weight as they get older and age.

Sleep needs differ from person to person, but  at the very least, getting between 7-9 hours of sleep every night is generally recommended to help avoid weight gain.

Did you ever think you could sleep off your weight?!

Expert Tip: Start with getting at least 7 hours of sleep each night. Implement a calming pre bedtime sleep routine to get you relaxed and prepared for quality sleep.

Reason #4 Stress

We’re all admitting it and it seems to be everywhere, but we’re not doing anything or enough about it! Stress is not to be messed around with and is not a cliche when it’s called a silent killer!

There are several things that can cause stress responses in your body – and in this context, stress hormones will not help you sustain a healthy weight or healthy habits.

Get rid of stressors (there are more areas that we can, but are sometimes afraid to, which is another stressor); and if you just can’t change your stressors you can change your response to them. And that in itself is the most powerful strategy.

Expert Tip: Try prayer and reflection. Even mindful eating and mindful activities will be helpful to stave off the overstimulation, multi tasking and mental disconnect we’ve become so used to in our society. Have you tried those adult coloring books I mentioned to you in my last post, that they’re all raving about now?

Several factors affect your weight, even though you may have maintained the same eating habits. The process of aging, hormones, stress, and sleep are all interconnected to each other, which will contribute to weight gain in spite of having the same diet.

RECIPE: Sushi Inspired Seaweed Bowl

Thyroid-Friendly Food Based Iodine

Serves 2
1 Cup, Cooked Rice
1 Avocado (thinly sliced)
½ Cucumber (diced)
½ Red Pepper (thinly sliced)
1 Green Onion (chopped)
2 Tablespoons Dried Seaweed (arame, wakame, or crumbled nori sheets)
2 Tablespoons, Sesame Seeds
3 Tablespoons, Rice Vinegar
3 Tablespoons, Gluten-Free Tamari Sauce
1 Tablespoon, Lemon Juice
1 Tablespoon, Sesame Oil
½ Garlic Clove
A dash of Salt and pepper


-Split the first seven ingredients into two bowls.
-Mix the rest of the ingredients together to make the dressing.
-Pour the dressing over the sushi bowls.

Serve & Enjoy!

This is a great lunch to take on the go.  Keep dressing in a separate container so you can give it a shake before adding it onto the sushi bowl.

Image by Berthold Werner (Own work) CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

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