You want to lose weight and you are doing everything right, so what gives? Why does the scale keep going up? You may be surprised at some of these sneaky factors that are causing you to gain weight or stopping you from losing weight.
The first sneaky way that you gain weight is excessive salt in your diet, many people try to cut back on fat and they add more salt to make up for the lack of flavor. Mainly, this excess salt comes from processed foods, restaurant foods, and adding just too much salt to your cooked food. Once you start eating a lot of salt, you get really used to it very quickly and you start feeling like your food should always taste salty. Your body responds by trapping some of this excess salt in water and this is what is known as water weight. You then crave sugar to try to balance out the excess salt.
The second way that you can gain weight, which is kind of surprising, is being in an air conditioned environment all the time. If you need to air condition your home or office because it's excessively hot that's okay but science has shown that if you're constantly in air conditioning you gain weight from it. It does kind of contradict the theory that cold environments make you shiver to burn more calories but what they are finding is that excessively cold environments all the time stimulate your appetite.
Certain drugs, including antibiotics, can also stimulate weight gain. Of course, you need to talk to your doctor if you want to stop these drugs, but just be aware that most drugs have side effects that include weight gain.
Another surprising way to gain weight is all of the BPA from the plastic and cans that you're using, pesticides on your food and food additives that are considered generally safe. These are toxins that build up in your body over time. So, even though you maybe didn't gain weight from them a while ago, now that you're older, or if you've changed your diet so you're eating more canned foods, more processed foods or heating your foods in microwaves in plastic, you're going to find that these build up in your system and your body has to try to protect you from them. These are endocrine disruptors and will cause your hormones to go out of whack, which can switch your metabolism.
And another surprising way that you might gain weight is that you regularly shop in bulk. Studies have shown that people who buy and have more food on hand in their homes eat more just because it's available. Similar to using larger plate. We just think because the food is there we should eat it. It's kind of something we've been brainwashed to do.
Alright now, I want to talk about some of the natural appetite suppressants that you can use to combat these surprising weight gain factors. The first one is HIIT training, H.I.I.T training, it short bursts of movement in a short period of time like plyometrics, jumping jacks, sprinting, push-ups and circuits. These stimulate fat burning and also suppress your appetite.
The second one is grapefruit essential oil. The scent of grapefruit, alone, stimulates your sympathetic nerve that supply your brown fatty tissue and your adrenal glands. Just the smell alone can stimulate fat burning.
Green tea, spicy foods, sour foods, bitter foods, saffron all suppress appetite. Of course, they need to be used with discretion. Don't go taking a bunch of green tea extract which can hurt your liver and, of course, a healthy liver is needed to process fat. So it's going to hurt you. If you eat tons of sour and bitter foods with a lot of calories, it might not even out. But such things as leafy green vegetables, those have compounds in them that scientists shown will suppress your appetite.
Studies have shown also that simply adding more fiber to each meal will help you lose weight. Fiber will trap excess fat in your intestines and escort it out of the body. I hope you've enjoyed this article and I look forward to bringing you more helpful information for you to live your healthiest life. Thanks.
I took a bit of time off, I needed to step back and think. And I went to Costa Rica...Sometimes we need to unlearn things... even things we are sure and crystal clear about. Even things that may have been true for us in the past. I'm not great at unlearning, that's for sure.I've been really thinking lately about what I want to create in the world and why its important to me. Sometimes I think too much!I know that there are changes coming for us, I have felt it for awhile.I care so deeply about improving the lives of women in regards to their wellness, health and optimal body weight & fitness. Part of that is becoming a true solution to solving our nation's obesity epidemic. Yeah, just that little thing...I want your waistline to feel better, but I also want your life to feel better.I want you to think more clearly, feel more confident, sleep better and just really break free from food addictions, exercise enslavement and feel SUPER VITAL EVERY DAY.I've talked about this before... radical transformation in our health, bodies and minds does not happen because you eat 200 less calories or run around the block. (permission to stop running granted)Healthy eating and exercise do matter, but if you are doing them in resistance to yourself, they actually may be making the changes harder or take longer. You probably aren't doing them as great as you think....See, we all have identity stories, stories about weight loss, gain and what it all means, how it all works. Yes, calorie deprivation can work sometimes, but the consequences are usually worse than the small victory that's temporarily made.The stories we believe just aren't accurate. I want to help them evolve.But changing things is difficult, not only to our ego, but also.. because... well, everything.The diet and gym industries are $42 Billion a year industries. They aren't interested in you changing the story, by the way.I don't think most companies are trying to outright deceive people, they are just recycling information we all assume is the correct story... the story we all keep believing. It keeps them selling their products and keeps you locked in the binge-starve cycle.A lot of new information has been coming to light, information that shows 98% of people who start a new diet and exercise program fail, and gain more weight than they started it with.Information from around the world that shows TEA is one of the 9 key components of living a healthy, long life. Weird that its not Frappuccinos....My vision is to be a company that helps women achieve their highest wellness, peak health and optimal body weight & fitness. To help women change their families and end the obesity epidemic. I have 100% faith that we can do this.My vision is also to help women around the world have more access to drinking water and to help all women help themselves.I really want to thank you for reading this and I really want to know-- what is your biggest obstacle right now, what do you need help with the most? What stops you from living your best life, what, if it was solved, would change everything for you?Just hit reply and let me know!I look forward to sharing our new products and vision with you!Jennifer XOXOPS: Tax Day Special $15 off $50 with code "Wellness"
I got the notification this morning that over 100,000 people read my blog!!In the world of blogs, honestly,I know its not huge, but to me, its HUGE. I just really can't believe it, I'm so grateful, and honored. Thank you so much!!!This got me thinking, there is a Universal Law called the Law of Relativity, I'm forever reminding my daughter Sasha that what you compare yourself to MATTERS! To YOUR brain! (Before you doze off, let me tell you why you should care.)She likes to compare herself to Simone Biles in terms of gymnastics, and I do think its great she has role models like Simone to look up to, however, if she compares her gymnastics to where Simone is now, what happens?She finds herself not as good in comparison. Your brain counts that as a loss.
Minus 1 YOU bro! Extend that out for weeks, months or even years... ugh. There's not much fun in that, there's no dopamine release, either.Many people I know are type-A competitive people (the opposite of me) and they LOVE to use this sort of measure to motivate themselves.What I see happen all the time, and what the Law predicts, is that the constant losing the brain is experiencing is tallying leaves them deflated, exhausted and usually depressed. Who wants to constantly lose, its painful! So they give up.Winning is relative, even in a race, coming in 1st is not relative. Your brain wants WINS, it counts them all day long. You have the ability to control that. Wow!Maybe this is what our moms meant when they would tell us to "look at the bright side?"If you are comparing yourself to any standard you will never hit, your brain is tallying LOSSES. It's counting you as a loser.I know it sounds weird, but try it, make a long list of easy stuff to get done over the next couple days- I mean as LONG as you can.... take shower, eat banana, watch TV, throw away trash and then, here's the magic, CHECK THEM OFF. WIN! Like really go for it.If I had started my blog comparing myself to the New York Times or Deepak Chopra or the Huffington Post, I don't think I ever would have started it. I know that my expertise has value and is concentrated in an area many people really need help, but still I probably would have been too overwhelmed to ever start writing anything. How would it ever be good enough?Instead I wrote blogs to my friends, on subjects they were struggling with, and to myself and once clients started reading, their questions. And honestly, I love it, I would write it if no one was reading it.My message to you is, wherever you are in your journey to wellness, start small, compare yourself to you yesterday, or make a list of easy wins. Show yourself you can do everything you set your mind to, and pretty soon you will be amazed at how far you've come!Jennifer
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People who have successfully transformed their bodies call it a “lifestyle.” You really have to change your view on what you are going to do every day, we repeat habits daily because we know the long-term payoff, the benefits out-weigh the irritation of having to repeat tasks daily, like brushing your teeth.
The easiest path to change is to make it non-negotiable. You just decide that these new habits are going to take priority over other things, and you change your lifestyle to reflect these new priorities. You are going to have to weigh the pain of staying the same against the pain of change and see if you can convince yourself that the effort is worth it.
My job is to help you see that these changes have REAL benefits in your life, that you can feel great, look great and enjoy life on your terms. Of course you will not be perfect, so get that out of your head, seriously, this is not about perfection. This is about decision, loving yourself enough to become a priority to YOU!You will never regret working to make yourself better, I’m here because you needed to hear these words from someone who has been there- you deserve better, you deserve to live your best life. You deserve to treat yourself better, because if you can’t do it, who will?Whoever has mistreated you, abused you, hurt you, ignored you, forgive them and move on. Forgiveness will give you your life back, your strength back and stop your victim mentality.Forgiveness is NOT FOR THEM, ITS FOR YOU. It does not make what they did ok, it makes it ok for you to live your life.
You have to decide you are worth more, before you can get more, decide that you want to change, that it is a done deal, that you are going to change some priorities, ask the Universe, God or Your Higher Self for help, knowledge and strength if you want to. Don’t put this responsibility on to someone else, a partner, family member, lover, child or anyone else, this is your decision and only you can change.To get a little "woo" on you, the full moon and Spring equinox are coming up, the moon signals a time to let go, move on and let new doors open, the equinox is a time of rebalancing. The start of Spring, all things begin anew, equal and balanced again. Whatever storm you passed through in Winter, you can now know that universal forces will rebalance injustices, repurpose resources and renew life. It's a great time to commit to yourself.This comes directly from my heart, in true knowing that you deserve the absolute best in life and I want you to have it.Jennifer
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