I’m back today to cover more causes of hidden weight gain -these are more common for the majority of Americans than most of you wonderfully health conscientious folks – BUT I’m gonna share them anyway, just in case you’ve got one in your life. The first one is likely one we’ve all had at one point and unfortunately many woman still do (hormone replacement therapy: HRT).
Birth Control Pills cause many women to suffer from multitude of symptoms including weight gain. Other exogenous hormones (HRT), such as antiestrogens, antihistamines, beta-blockers and other blood pressure meds, corticosteroids, diabetes medications, NSAIDS, sleeping pills can all contribute to water retention, bloating and weight gain. Some antidepressants even cause weight gain.
If you are currently taking any of the above medications – do not stop taking them without consulting your physician.
As you work to clean up your diet, stay hydrated, get better sleep and exercise you may find that getting healthy will decrease your need for any of these medications and you can work with your doctor to go off of them.
The liver is affected by alcohol consumption, it takes the liver 8 hours to detoxify one ‘measure of alcohol’, in other words, one drink. During this time any other item that needs to be detoxified from the body essentially get put ‘on hold’.
Remember that most of us already have some level of toxicity our livers are dealing with, it’s critical not to overburden the liver with yet another ‘toxin’. Also, alcohol is usually high in carbohydrates/sugars, and we know that carbohydrates/sugars, especially consumed alone, are what create an insulin reaction in the body and lead to potential weight gain. If you are going to consume alcohol, keep it minimal one drink per session and infrequently. If you’ve got a daily drink or two or three in play -it may be time to really rethink that. *Gentle nudge here for ya*
Caffeine, as well as aspartame and tobacco actually work to aggravate and further exacerbate excess insulin production. This in turn causes weight gain or makes it really hard to lose those stubborn last pounds. Read more; Caffeine: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly and How To Wean Off of Caffeine
Artificial sweeteners like aspartame have the ability to make you feel bloated and fat. In Julia Ross’s book; ‘The Diet Cure‘ she reports that ‘so far, more than 10 thousand aspartame users have reported over 100 adverse symptoms, compiled by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). They include everything from menstrual changes, weight gain, and headaches to severe depression, insomnia, and anxiety attacks. For more info on the dangers of aspartame read; ‘Aspartame (Nutrasweet): Is It Safe?’ by H.J. Roberts, M.D. as well as, ‘The Deadly Deception’ a booklet put out by the Aspartame Consumer Safety Network.
Tobacco – smoking or chewing tobacco puts a tremendous strain on the adrenal glands. It also puts one at risk for heart disease and heart attacks, and excess cadmium exposure. Clearly tobacco usage has serious health risks, as well as the ability to deplete nutrients. It could be possible to cause one to gain or lose weight. If you want to get healthy, tobacco is not going to help you in your cause.
So, how about you? Did you have any of these hidden weight gain factors? Check over this list of hidden weight gain factors and consider what items may be contributing factors to your general health or weight issues. Choose at least one to start focusing on right away, so long as it is not a medication. Medications need to be weaned off with care and the support of your health care practitioner.
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