Well, we are more than a month into the year and if one of your New Year’s resolutions was to lose some weight, it’s time to check in and see how you are doing. If you are doing all of the right things (primarily diet and exercise) and still find you are having trouble shedding those pounds, there may be other culprits to blame . . .
- It could be the medications you are taking (the side effects of some prescription medications is weight gain — don’t quit taking your meds, but by all means check in with your doctor for options that may not have this side effect).
- It could be you are not getting enough sleep. Establish a healthy routine, aim to get between 7-8 hours per night, and stick to a schedule (get up and go to bed at the same time everyday, including the weekends).
- It could be the bacteria in your gut. While bacteria generally do a world of good (breaking down food, absorbing water and nutrients, regulating insulin, producing fuel, etc.), certain bacteria could also be responsible for regulating inflammation, fat metabolism, and appetite. Stick to the helpful microbes (live-culture yogurt and a variety of high fiber foods).
- It could be the temperature you keep your thermostat set at. We naturally seek out the thermoneutral zone (comfy-cozy), bump the temp down a bit and kick-start your fat metabolic activity. (66 degree temps or lower).
- It could be a strain of the common cold – adenovirus 36 — avoid this virus if at all possible (wash your hands frequently, exercise [boosts your immune system], and get enough rest).
Simple enough, right? Good luck!
Source: AARP: the Magazine, Feb/Mar 2017, p. 24-25.