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Weight Issues

It’s no mystery that a diet full of fried foods, giant portions, decadent desserts, alcohol, and sugary soft drinks will lead to weight gain. And there’s little question why the pounds pile up when you take in more calories than you burn in physical activity. But how do you explain weight gain when your lifestyle includes regular exercise and a healthy diet that is controlled in calories? Gaining weight or simple not losing it is absolutely maddening, especially when you really don’t understand why the needle on the scale keeps going up. “Weight gain is so complicated; there are so many factors that can impact your weight. It is more likely a combination of things more than just one factor,” explains Michelle May, MD

Here are five factors that can cause weight gain.

1. Lack of Sleep

2. Stress

3. Medications

4. Medical Condition

The most common medical condition that causes weight gain is hypothyroidism.  A deficiency of thyroid hormone can decrease metabolism, causing appetite loss and weight gain.

Essential fatty acids deficiencies, such as in flaxseed oil, are good fats that are needed by the body to make hormones and maintain the body’s metabolic rate. A deficiency may cause cravings, particularly for fatty foods.

The first signs of deficiency are often dandruff, dry hair and dry, scaly skin. Deficiency is also associated with arthritis, eczema, heart disease, diabetes and premenstrual syndrome.

Food Sensitivity

Reactions to foods are not always immediate. They can occur many hours later as bloating and swelling in the hands, feet, ankles, abdomen, chin and around the eyes. Much of the weight gained is fluid retention caused by inflammation and the release of certain hormones. In addition, there is fermentation of foods, particularly carbohydrates, in the intestines which can result in a swollen distended belly and gas production.

Symptoms of food sensitivity can include headache, indigestion or heartburn, fatigue, depression, joint pain or arthritis, canker sores, chronic respiratory symptoms such as wheezing, sinus congestion or bronchitis and chronic bowel problems such as diarrhea or constipation.

Kidney, Heart or Liver Disease

Disease in these organs can cause fluid retention, which appears as general puffiness all over the body, especially the eyes and ankles.

Fatty Liver

A fatty liver contains an excessive amount of fat and the normal healthy liver tissue is partly replaced with areas of unhealthy fats. A healthy liver regulates fat metabolism and is the major fat-burning organ in the body.  Indeed the healthy liver not only burns fat, it can pump excessive fat out of your body through the bile into the gut. Thus, if your liver is healthy you will not have much difficulty in controlling your weight. Conversely a liver which is fatty is doing the opposite of what it should be doing. A fatty liver is storing fat when it should be burning fat and removing excess fat from your body. Indeed a fatty liver becomes a warehouse for fat and if it is allowed to progress for many years, the liver may finally become just a “bag of fat” with dire consequences for your health and longevity.

How do you know if you have a fatty liver?

  • You will probably be overweight, especially in the abdominal area
  • You will find it very hard to lose weight
  • You may have elevated cholesterol and triglycerides in your blood
  • You may have Syndrome X
  • You may have diabetes type 2
  • You will be very tired
  • You may have problems with your immune system

How common is fatty liver?

In the USA the incidence of fatty liver is 15 to 20% of the general population and is much higher than this in obese individuals. Fatty liver is the most common cause of abnormal liver function tests in the USA. It can also occur in children.

Can you reverse a fatty liver?

I am pleased to tell you that in reality there is much that can be done to reverse the condition of fatty liver. So, fatty liver can be reversed but this can take some time – years in some cases. If you are overweight & find it very difficult to lose the excess weight it is important to look at all the factors relevant to your present weight & state of health.

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