Have you been trying to lose weight for a while but not succeeding in the long term? The reasons why you are having a hard time losing weight can come from a place where you might not expect them at all.
1. Partner, friends, and girlfriends
Take a look around you at a party with relatives, friends, and girlfriends. What do you see? Do you generally see people with a normal build or are there quite a few people who are overweight? Man is a social animal; we cannot survive on our own. We adapt to our environment. In that sense, being overweight is contagious. Research shows that having overweight friends significantly increases the chance that you will become overweight yourself.
A 30-year study published in The New England Journal of Medicine found that in a certain period the risk of obesity increased by as much as 57% when someone had a boyfriend/girlfriend during that period who also became very obese. The good news, of course, is that being slim is also contagious. I am of course not saying that you should dump your overweight friends, but if you strive for a healthy weight, it is good to be aware of this.
2. The television
I often hear women say they are addicted to the Netflix series. I recently heard from someone that she had watched five episodes of The Mentalist in a row and suddenly realized it was 2:30 am! Be aware that too little sleep can be a major cause of obesity. ‘Are you sleeping slim’ is not an empty expression? There are mountains of studies showing that people who sleep less than seven hours a night have a higher weight than people who allow themselves more sleep.
If your body gets tired during the day from lack of sleep and craves extra energy, it only knows one remedy: food! Preferably something that gives energy quickly, so sweets or fast carbohydrates: the fatteners. Do yourself and your weight a favor; as much fun as Simon Baker in The Mentalist is: turn off your television and go to bed!
3. Light products
You want to lose weight. You have cleaned up your kitchen and removed pink cakes, soft drinks, fruit yogurt, and bitterballen. They have been replaced by dairy products with 0% fat, peanut butter diet, cola zero, and healthy, lean, bars. Oops, this is a trap that many women fall into. The food industry has convinced us that we get slimmer by using light products. That is not true. Fatty light products, such as peanut butter, are loaded with sugars to taste a bit nice.
Peanut butter light contains 450% more sugar than regular peanut butter! Sweet diet products, such as soft drinks, are given synthetic sweeteners to taste sweet. Synthetic sweeteners disrupt your metabolism. From a 14-year study of 66,000 women was clear that diet drinks made the women sicker and fatter. Avoid light products and get rid of your need for sugars. That’s the only way.
4. Your job and your colleagues
Your workplace can be a source of constant temptation that makes it difficult for you to lose weight. Cakes from colleagues on their birthday, meetings including lunch with milk and sandwiches, team drinks with bitterballen, the licorice jar of a colleague next to you, edible presents from a grateful customer or patient: how many times a day should you actually say “no, thank you”? Also, if you don’t feel happy in your job, the need to treat yourself to something delicious can be great.
The only way to resist these temptations is to feed yourself very well with healthy food that makes your body happy and not fat. That does indeed take preparation, but bring your own lunch and healthy treats to your workplace. Don’t get hungry there. Drink two large glasses of water if you are tempted.
5. Your long to-do list
Do you have an overfull to-do list and do you sometimes walk around like a chicken without a head because you don’t know where to start? Or is there something else that really stresses you out? I’ve written about it before, but you can really get fat from stress. When you are under a lot of stress, your body produces cortisol, a hormone that makes you hungry anyway. Cortisol is also known to act like sugars in your body; it mainly causes fat storage around your waist. Something that can be a big problem for women, especially if they are over 40. The only cure is to slow down a bit. Yes, you can really lose weight if you give yourself more rest. Exercise and sports can also be a great way to relax. Feel what you need and especially learn to delegate and say “no”. Real, the latter just takes a lot of practice. Start today!
6. Food intolerances
More and more people suffer from food allergies such as gluten or milk. This means that more and more people are walking around with undetected intolerances or sensitivity to certain foods. If you have been suffering from bloating, constipation, headaches, rheumatism or skin problems for years, it may be that you no longer make a link with your diet. Being overweight can be the result of food sensitivities.
The moment you eat something that your body cannot tolerate, the hormone cortisol also rises, that hormone that makes you fat. Listen to your body and see complaints as signals that something is wrong. Having complaints is not normal. Eliminate all gluten for two weeks and feel what it does to you. Then do the same with dairy and sugars. Many people are intolerant to sugars, dairy and gluten.
7. Your gut flora
Your intestinal flora consists of billions of bacteria that together weigh more than 2 kilos. There are good bacteria and bad bacteria, you need them both but the good bacteria must remain in the majority. If the bad bacteria become dominant or there is too little variation in different bacteria, it can become very difficult to lose weight. Many studies have been done with mice.
Mice that received the gut flora from fat people gained weight without eating more, while mice that received the gut flora from thin people remained normal. Your intestinal flora, therefore, influences your weight! So feed the bacteria that will keep you slim: eat lots of vegetables and fruit because of the fiber. Eat healthy fats and drink plenty of water. Cut out sweets, because fattening bacteria love sugars, so you feed them with that and get more of it. Of course, you’d rather not have that!
8. Medicines (also think about the pill)
Have you been taking medication for a certain chronic disease for years? Read the small print of the package insert carefully. A large part of the medicines has the side effect of making you fatter. Losing weight then becomes very difficult. Please note: the contraceptive pill is also medicine and is known for the fact that you can easily gain weight from it. As for the pill; use a different method of contraception and you could suddenly lose five kilos.
As for those other drugs, be aware that drugs never address the cause of your illness, they only treat symptoms. I’m not saying you should stop taking those drugs today, but I challenge you to look for the cause and tackle it by the head. Medicines never make you better, only you can do that yourself and you can do much more than you think!.
9. Your insulin resistance
If you have always consumed a lot of sweets, potatoes, bread with milk, and many products from the supermarket (80% of the products from the supermarket contain a lot of sugars), then there is a good chance that your cells have become deaf to the hormone insulin. Eating sweets, starches, grains, dairy, or hidden sugars raise your blood sugar. Insulin is the hormone that brings this sugar (glucose) in your blood to your cells: glucose is energy for your cells.
If you often have a lot of glucose in your blood, your cells can become deaf to insulin. This means that the insulin in your blood continues to circulate and with insulin, in your blood, it is impossible to lose weight. So make sure that your cells become sensitive to insulin again. Limit eating anything that raises your blood sugar and get some exercise. Exercising before breakfast in particular helps to combat insulin resistance and increase your metabolism. Even if you don’t have a dog, pretend and walk your imaginary dog every morning and let him walk at a brisk pace.
10. Cosmetics, perfume, and care products
I’ve written a lot about this topic too† If they are not 100% natural, many of these products are full of endocrine-disrupting substances. Your body can handle a little bit, but if it becomes too much, your body may no longer be able to properly dispose of them. Circulating hormone-disrupting substances in your body is unhealthy, so your body will store them in the safest place it has your fat cells. Losing weight can then be very difficult and even dangerous because those hormone disruptors then enter your blood again.
Help your body as much as possible to remove these substances from your body. You do this by eating plenty of green vegetables, with cabbages, in particular, being very healthy. Broccoli sprouts are top-notch, as are chlorella and spirulina. Eat plenty of fiber; that is in vegetables, fruits, and legumes, And limit alcohol, because it is your liver that has to take care of the purification and elimination of toxins, including alcohol. So don’t load it unnecessarily. And don’t forget: switch to 100% natural products! There is plenty of choice in all price ranges.