For the last 2 years (since reaching goal weight), I have struggled with maintaing my weight. I have said it was health issues but always thought it was an excuse. When the diagnosis of MS came, I figured weight gain was related to it. Then it was low cortisol – not low enough for doctors to worry but low enough to cause concern for us. Hubby was vigilant in trying to find answers. Some would say he was obsessed. Some say “he reads too much”. Let me tell you, I am grateful for his persistence. We got the results back from the allergy tests – WOW! Tops on the list was Candida Albican followed by mozzarella cheese and kidney beans.
What is Candida Albican? In simple terms, it is a a yeast fungus which everyone has BUT sometimes it gets out of control, Yup, it is out of control in me. When it is out of control, it sends toxic stuff throughout your body affecting your immune system leaving it open for other diseases. UGH! How do I fix it? A total change in diet – eliminating some of my favorite foods (fruit) for awhile along with gluten.
I tell you all of this to say, be vigilant when you think there is something wrong in your body. Don’t take “we can’t find anything” or “the tests are inconclusive” as a reason to stop searching for answers. I remember telling my clients this many years ago so I am now practicing what I preached to them.
So are you putting on some extra pounds or has your weight loss has stalled, but you can’t figure out why, here is the 411 which might help you. Some surprising factors could be sabotaging your weight goals!
#1 Lack of Sleep
It took me a long time to get this. When you skimp on sleep, you’re more likely to make poor food choices the next day. Research studies show people who get more sleep weigh less than short sleepers. I always thought I could run on five hours a night, but that was when I was at my heaviest. I have made sleep a priority, and start winding down earlier in the evening. The result is not only do I feel rested BUT I make good choices when eating.
#2 Sitting for Too Long
Do you have a job which keeps you desk bound? Did you know studies show prolonged periods of sitting can lead to weight gain? I know it sounds like a no brainer, right? Do you need to take little breaks here and there, so you aren’t in one spot for hours. Drinking lots of water is a good trick – you get up for refills and the bathroom.
It’s a harsh reality stress can make us put on weight. Chronic stress can actually boost your hunger! So, give yourself some down time to clear your head, even if it’s just a few minutes. It might seem like something you just don’t have time for, but it’s in your best interest to find room in your schedule. Deep breaths…
#4 Your Friends & Family
No, they are not deliberately sabotaging you, but studies have found the people closest to you have an impact on how you eat, since we tend to mirror their behavior. How many times, have you changed your order because you liked what someone else was ordering? At a big family dinner and everyone is indulging, chances are, you will too. Keep this in mind, and be true to yourself. Don’t be afraid to be the odd man (or woman) out.
#5 Drinking Your Calories
The holidays are here so we know what it going to happen, right? The truth is calories from beverages really add up over the course of a day, starting with your coffee with sugar and a generous pour of 2% milk in the morning. A couple glasses of wine with dinner, and voila — you’ve could add over 400 calories to your day. Sip carefully, and keep track of drinks in addition to food.
So, what are you doing to remain on traffic on your weightless journey this holiday season?
Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!