Weight gain out of your control –Part 1
The frustration of seeing extra kgs on the scale or of too-tight pants that you know used to fit is unexplainable. Did you know that anything from a hormonal imbalance to vitamin deficiencies to the prescription meds you take can hold clues to what's making you gain weight? Yes, making the right lifestyle choices is important but sometimes out weight is reacting to choices we can’t control. It may be hormonal, the side effect of medication, a vitamin deficiency, all of which are factors that sometimes justify a doctor's help. Let’s look at these points a little more in depth.
Anti-depressant medications may cause weight gain, around 2.5 to 10 kgs with a gradual accumulation over the years. However even if you are not on treatment, depression in itself can lead to weight gain. There is evidence from a 2010 study that people who feel sad and lonely gain weight more quickly than those who report fewer depression-related symptoms. This may be due to eating more high-fat, high-calorie comfort foods and the poor will power to get moving.
Other than anti-depressants, birth control pills, excess hormones for hormone therapy, steroids, beta-blockers for heart disease and blood pressure, anti-seizure meds, breast cancer medications like Tamoxifen, some treatments for rheumatoid arthritis, and even some migraine and heartburn medications, you may notice the extra weight creeping on. Some may affect appetite; some may affect metabolism. Others may simply make you feel better and thus regain your lost appetite.
An alternative treatment method and or psychotherapy may assist in mood elevation and coupled with lifestyle and dietary changes, the path to weight loss will be found. Having the correct weight loss support system is a great way to keep you motivated.
Digestive issues, including slow bowel movements, IBS, gluten and lactose intolerance may also account for weight gain. Ideally once you’ve eaten, you should have a bowel movement an hour or so later. A bowel movement once or twice a day is considered healthy. If you're not so regular, dehydration, medications, low fibre, or even a lack of good gut flora could be to blame. Simple changes and the inclusion of a probiotic may alleviate many of these symptoms. It is also important to rule out disorders such as Hypothyroidism or neurological issues in cases like these. Your health care provider will advise you on the recommended changes and tests. Dr Bakers Fat Binder is an excellent source of fibre and has the ability to attract excess fats consumed for proper excretion.
Contrary to many a lavish lifestyle, many individuals still suffer from vitamin and mineral deficiencies. Not only will this compromise your immune system, but you may suffer from low energy levels and a poor metabolism. You may compensate for low energy levels with caffeine, sweets, and carbs and find that you feel too weak to exercise. Common deficiencies are magnesium, iron and vitamin D.
While you can try to boost your iron levels by eating red meat and spinach and increase magnesium by adding Brazil nuts or almonds to your diet, it's nearly impossible to have enough milk or get enough sunlight to compensate for low vitamin D. However, it could take a while to find your right dose of the vitamin or mineral lacking. Taking too much may result in kidney stones so it’s important to have your blood tested every 3 months so your doctor can make the necessary adjustments. It is wise to let your doctor rule out hypothyroidism or other conditions that might cause insulin resistance, and thus weight gain, before you start taking supplements.
Dr Raeesa Aboobaker
M Tech Hom
DR Bakers Super Slim Weight Loss and Aesthetic Clinic
460 Peter Mokaba Ridge
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