People often ask, why am I not losing weight, even though I’m not eating very much?
If this is happening to you, it could be that your thyroid, the gland in your neck which produces the hormone which controls your metabolism, isn’t working very well.
This can happen if you have been yo-yo dieting, or eating a low calorie diet, or have been very stressed. These issues can lead to you becoming low in vital nutrients needed to make your thyroid work properly. If it isn’t working right, your metabolism can slow right down and you put on weight. Unfair hey? If you suspect this is happening, visit your GP and ask to have your thyroid tested.
Other symptoms of an underactive thyroid include constipation and depression, difficulty getting up in the morning; hair loss; cold feet and hands; exhaustion. You don’t need to present with every one of these to have a sluggish thyroid.
Are you plagued with unwanted pounds, despite your best efforts towards eating healthy and getting fit? You’re not alone. Millions of others across the globe, just like you, are struggling to shed weight in an uphill battle.
Here are 7 Sneaky Reasons you’re Gaining Weight, some of these might surprise you.
1: Sucking on Cigarettes. It’s pretty common to think that smoking helps people stay thin. However, you may be surprised that this is actually a common misconception. Yes, people often gain weight when they quit smoking. But this is a result of filling a void by turning to excess food (and usually junk food), it’s NOT a result of the cigarette itself. Recent research has actually shown that contrary to the long-believed lie that smoking keeps you thin, it actually leads to weight gain. This happens by interrupting your body’s metabolic function and causing it to be insulin-resistant. Interestingly, the same is true for those exposed to second-hand smoke.
When we think about health it often goes hand in hand with weight loss or reducing calories. In many cases people want to do the opposite. Many of my friends are athletes who have been struggling to gain weight for years to improve their athletic ability. Some people are just naturally underweight and need to gain a few pounds in order to be healthy in general. A common mistake while attempting to gain weight is eating extremely high calorie foods with absolutely no nutritional value. That will lead to poor fitness and increased fat mass instead of lean muscle. In this article I will give you 10 foods that will help you gain healthy weight.
An average egg contains 70 calories, 5 grams of fat, 6 grams of protein, and hardly any carbohydrates. They are a popular food among body builders because its extremely easy to add half a dozen eggs to a meal for the extra calories. It is risky to eat raw eggs and meats because of the possibility of salmonela, but eggs can be put into milkshakes or other drinks completely raw. You won’t even be able to taste them (If you do this I HIGHLY recommend that you make sure the egg has no cracks in it).
The protein in eggs give the body building blocks for muscles. The fats provide an efficient source of energy and it also increases testosterone levels. Eggs contain high levels ofOmega-3 fats which aid in joint mobility and body cell health.
In recent years egg yokes (the yellow part) has gotten a very bad reputation. As and example, it has become extremely popular to order egg white omelets, or scrambled egg whites instead of the whole egg. The reason for its bad rep is that it contains high amounts of cholesterol which was believed to be a risk factor for heart disease.
The truth is that eggs contain good cholesterols which actually decrease the amount of unhealthy cholesterol in the body. An element called choline is also present in egg yolks. Choline actually reduces fat build up in the heart and helps to rebuild cells. It has also been shown to benefit your mood.
Calories are the basic unit of energy found in all foods and are necessary to maintain the body’s vital functions or basal metabolic rate. The amount of calories a person needs depends on factors like their age, gender, and lean muscle mass. Eating too few calories for a prolonged period of time causes a person to become underweight (per the BMI) leading to muscle atrophy, weakened immunity, and eventually, organ failure. Conversely, eating too many calories causes a person to become overweight and obese, increasing their chances of heart disease, type II diabetes, and cancer. The amount of calories a person needs depends on their age, gender, activity level, and muscle mass. The DV for calories is 2000 calories.
#1: Fats & Oils (Beef Tallow, Lard, Fish Oil, Vegetable Oil)
||Per cup (205g)
||Per tablespoon (13g)
Other Fats & Oils High in Calories (Calories per tablespoon): Soy bean Oil, Peanut Oil, Canola Oil, Olive Oil, Palm Oil, Sesame Oil, Cocoa Butter, Sunflower Oil, Grape seed Oil, Walnut Oil, Almond Oil, Apricot Kernel Oil, Hazelnut Oil, Avocado Oil, Safflower Oil & Flaxseed Oil (124), Coconut Oil (121), Mutton Tallow, Chicken, Turkey & Goose Fat (117), and Butter (100).
While so many people these days crib about not being able to lose weight, there are some among us who eat to our heart’s content, but are still unable to gain weight. If you are among the latter group, then there are a few things that you can do that will help you gain weight. Firstly, start weight training as it is one of the best ways to gain muscle. Secondly, start eating a lot more than you do (5-6 meals a day) but make sure you don’t eat too much junk food as it may not get digested without sufficient fibre.
According to nutritionist Neha Chandna you should initially aim to increase your appetite. ‘Increase your appetite by eating more to gain weight. But do it step-by-step and not by stuffing yourself too much at one go. Add one extra chapatti or more rice than you normally consume, or you could even start with fruits by eating an extra one every day.’ Including the following foods in your diet is also a good idea.
Milk is a great source of protein and carbohydrates, along with many other nutrients making it great for weight gain. A 100 ml serving contains around 3.4g of protein and if you drink 2 glasses every day, you would have consumed 14g of protein. Read more about the various health benefits of milk and ways to include them in your diet.
Eggs too are a great source of protein, with 100 g containing as much as 13 g of protein. They are also loaded with several vitamins like Vitamin A and Vitamin B12 making them an excellent health food. Here are the various health benefits of eggs.
Energy bars like granola bars might not be healthy if you are trying to lose weight, but it’s a good option for those trying to gain it. They are loaded with nuts and calories, and if consumed in moderation, they can help add some weight.
Oats are rich in fibre, and a 100 g serving contain 17 g of protein. They are also rich in iron, making them a great health food for everyone and not just for those who are trying to lose weight. Try this healthy oat recipe to gain weight.
Bananas are often recommended in most diet plans for weight gain. A single banana can contain 105 calories and gives you an instant source of energy. Also, they contain a lot of carbohydrates making them a great food to have to replenish yourself after a workout. Often, you’ll see tennis players eating bananas in between matches for instant energy. Bananas also have other benefits that you should know about.