Some Causes of Weight Gain

May 10, 2009 by  
Filed under Weight gain causes

There are many health conditions that can contribute to weight gain.

In order to lose weight you need to eliminate the underlying cause. While it is important to visit a medical practitioner and follow the recommendations, the simple change in diet and detoxification can provide invaluable support in curing the underlying conditions and helping you to lose weight.

Let’s consider some of the weight gain causes:

1. Hypothyroidism.

Some signs of hypothyroidism:
Extreme fatigue, thinning of hair, constipation, weight gain.

Foods to consume in case of hypothyroidism:

– Seaweed (kelp, spirulina, wakame, etc). It is rich in iodine that supports the thyroid function;

– Organic meat, chicken, turkey, low-fat organic yogurt and milk, almonds, avocados, bananas, lentils. They contain an amino-acid tyrosine that promotes the thyroid function;

– Garlic, onion, seafood, fish, Brazil nuts. They contain selenium necessary for the thyroid functioning;

– Other foods – olive oil, avocado, carrots, sunflower seeds, bananas.

Avoid: sugar, cruciferous vegetables such as cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower; soy products; any animal products that are not organic, stimulants (coffee, alcohol, etc). Non-organic products increase the body’s estrogen that inhibits the thyroid functioning.

Gluten might also be a cause. Decrease the consumption of wheat as well as rye, barley, spelt, kamut and corn products. Try this for a week and see how you feel.

2. Estrogen dominance

Some signs of estrogen dominance:

Fat in the belly area that is hard to lose; water retention, different allergies, frequent sinus infections, mood swings, fatigue.

Foods to consume in case of estrogen dominance:

Consume only organic foods to avoid the estrogen containing herbicides and pesticides to enter your body; consume foods rich in Omega-3 fatty acid such as fish, flaxseed; onion, garlic, citrus fruits, bee products.

Avoid: Soy products, non-organic meat and milk, animal fat, Omega-6 rich oils (canola, corn, soy, etc)

If you have any health conditions that contributed to your weight gain, the simple calorie count will not help. Make sure you treat the underlying condition to help you lose weight and maintain it.

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