If your scale and your lifestyle seemed to conflict, there could be a reason. In the following brief post, Marla Ahlgrimm explains a few of the least considered weight gain triggers in women.
Gut in a rut. Believe it or not, your digestive process may be the reason you’re packing on pounds. Incomplete or irregular bowel movements, dehydration, and even poor probiotics can wreak havoc on your insides. Fecal impaction can move the scale up by more than 20 pounds, says Marla Ahlgrimm.
Nutrition deficient. Everything you eat affects your body from the inside out. Being low on iron or vitamin D, for instance, can result in a sluggish metabolism that you unconsciously compensate for with carbohydrates, caffeine, and sweet treats. Boost your body’s ability to burn calories by eating a balanced diet that consists of lean proteins, vegetables, and fruit. Marla Ahlgrimm cautions, however, that a change in your eating habits may not be enough to intake the amount of nutrients your body needs and suggests speaking with your doctor to rule out other issues, such as insulin resistance.
Older and colder. It’s a sad fact of life, says Marla Ahlgrimm, but after the age of 40, we don’t burn as many calories as we did our teens and 20s. Beyond menopause, women tend to gain more weight as they crave complex carbohydrates, which burn more slowly than lean proteins and food sources that contain ample fiber.
Sneaky feet. Conditions such as plantar fasciitis can force you to cut back on your normal, everyday physical activities. Marla Ahlgrimm notes that foot, ankle, knee, and hip pain can drastically reduce your calorie-burning abilities. She suggests paying attention to the aches and pains that you may have been ignoring and consult with a physical therapist if you have conditions that inhibit your ability to exercise.