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.