What Contributes to Weight Gain?

Monday, 4 June 2012


  1. Stress √
  2. Genetics√
  3. Skipping Meals√
  4. Food Choices
  5. Metabolic Weight
  6. Liver Dysfunction
  7. Hormones √√
  8. Lack of Exercise
  9. Medications
Yep, 4 out of 9 (that I know of) apply to me. I assume that I have my Liver is not functioning to its full potential since my stress levels are high and my hormones are all out of whack – all 3 are related to each other.  If I am going to succeed, I am going to have to make a few more changes in my life rather than just add more exercises and changing my diet. I am going to have to get in control of my stress. Exercise in almost any form can act as a stress reliever. Being active can boost your feel-good endorphins and distract you from daily worries (from the Mayo Clinic website). Exercise definitely helps, but it is a vicious circle. The stress makes me tired and not motivated to go and exercise. Luckily I’ve found a place that I enjoy going to and a workout that makes me feel good.
What you eat and don’t eat makes such a big difference in how you feel and look. We all know how to eat well, but with all of the distractions and connivence foods it is hard to keep to a well balance food plan or even know if you are getting enough of the foods your body needs. This is why I turned to my good friend Krista Dolbear; Holistic Nutritionist, to find out what nutrients I am lacking in my body and how do I get more of what my body needs.
When Krista completed her 6 page evaluation of me to determine what my body needed, the results were not surprising and her recommendations were not difficult to embrace. I started introducing a few of the main recommendations each week. We’re at 2 weeks now and I am really noticing a difference with my energy levels. I am not where I could be with my nutrition, however like Krista says, “small changes to make a big difference“. I am definitely on my way!!