As we know, the media plays a huge role in the way we see ourselves and our level of self-confidence. When we are unable to even enter a store without seeing tabloid magazines with perfectly brushed individuals all over them it’s hard to ignore. Add social media into that and it can be a real nightmare if you’re feeling self-conscious already. None of us are perfect and some of us certainly do carry some extra weight. When you are packing extra pounds the presumption behind it is typically that you don’t do enough exercise, are lazy or eat junk food every day. What no one considers is that there are many legitimate reasons someone can be overweight that are not centered around these tainted beliefs.

Underactive Thyroid

When you have an underactive thyroid, it means that your thyroid gland is not producing adequate amounts of hormones. The thyroid hormones are crucial in regulating your metabolism. This issue is most common in older women but can most definitely affect anyone at any age. Some common symptoms of an underactive thyroid include fatigue, sensitivity to cold, weight gain, depression, and muscle weakness.

Diabetes Treatment

It is common for individuals with diabetes to experience weight gain. For insulin-dependent diabetics, weight gain can be due to the insulin itself. For both type 1 and 2 diabetics that have experienced hypoglycemia (low blood sugar), it can be a scary experience. In order to avoid feeling that way again, many individuals tend to overeat or over-snack, causing weight gain.

Aging

As we age, we begin losing muscle mass and muscles are a huge calorie burner in the body. Losing muscle mass means you burn fewer calories and if you are eating and drinking the same amounts and kinds of foods you did previously but are less physically active you will see weight gain. To combat the muscle loss and keep your body in the same physical state, stay as active as you can for as long as you can and use muscle strengthening exercises as part of your routine.

Steroid Treatment

Corticosteroids are used to treat a variety of conditions from respiratory-related issues to dermatological issues and everything in between. Long-term use of these medications can lead to an increase in appetite, therefore, resulting in weight gain. Typically, the higher the dose and longer you are on them the more weight you are likely to gain. Because of the increase in appetite, be aware of the foods you are eating and choose the healthiest options the majority of the time.

Stress and Depression

Everyone handles stress, anxiety and depressed moods differently. Some individuals notice a drastic decrease in appetite and end of losing weight and others are the complete opposite. Many people are emotional eaters and turn to food to cope. When you are struggling emotionally and then gain weight on top of it, it can cause you to become more depressed creating a vicious cycle. If you struggle with emotional eating, it’s important to find alternative coping mechanisms such as taking up a new hobby, calling a friend, going for a walk, or speaking with a counselor.

Shifting your lifestyle to a healthier one can seem overwhelming at first, but you can do it! Natural treatments are always an option to help you reach your goals or handle any difficulties you face on your journey to health. The staff at Infinite Wellness Center are in your corner and here to help you in any way we can!

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