Identifying and Treating
the Causes of Excessive Weight Gain
Sometimes, the number on the scale slowly creeps up over time. Sometimes, health issues – mental and physical – can cause sudden weight gain.
Identifying the causes of your weight gain is the first step to successful and lasting weight loss. At Harmony Healing, we help you set achievable goals and navigate a healthier lifestyle that will help you maintain a healthy weight.
The hormonal changes of menopause make many women gain weight around the abdomen rather than around the hips and thighs. During menopause, muscle mass drops, which slows metabolism, making it more challenging to maintain a healthy weight. Factors such as decreased physical activity and genetics also play a role.
Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)
PCOS disrupts the normal function of a woman's ovaries, causing irregular periods, fertility issues, excess hair and weight gain. PCOS is thought to be hormone-related, including too much insulin and testosterone. In women with PCOS, weight tends to collect around the waist. Increased weight causes you to produce more insulin, which can cause further weight gain.
An underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism) does not produce the hormones you need to regulate your metabolism. Hypothyroidism is most common in older women.
People who take insulin to manage their diabetes tend to eat more than they need to in order to prevent low blood sugar or hypoglycemia. Excessive snacking contributes to increased calorie intake and overall weight gain.
Men and women lose muscle mass as they age because activity levels typically drop. Muscles burn more calories than fat tissues. Less muscle mass means you burn fewer calories, whether you are exercising or at rest. If diet is not adjusted accordingly, we experience weight gain.
Steroids, also known as corticosteroids, are used to treat a variety of conditions, including asthma and arthritis. Long-term steroid use can increase appetite, leading to weight gain.
Cushing's syndrome is caused by high levels of the hormone cortisol. It is usually triggered by long-term steroid treatment or as a result of a tumor. Cortisol causes fat to concentrate on the chest, face and stomach.
Stress and Low Mood
Stress, anxiety and depression kill the appetite in some people but cause compulsive overeating in others. Food may be a coping mechanism for dealing with emotional issues. Weight gain caused by depression can become a cycle – weight gain can make you more depressed, which leads to further weight gain.
If you are not getting enough sleep, your body may produce too much of the hormone ghrelin, which stimulates hunger. Fatigue can trigger a craving for frequent high-calorie snacks in an attempt to keep your energy levels up throughout the day. Plus, when tired, you are less inclined to exercise, burning fewer calories.
Fluid retention causes parts of the body to become swollen, which translates into weight gain. Everyday activities, such as standing too long or hormonal fluctuations days before the onset of a woman’s period can cause fluid retention. The swelling can occur in one part of the body, such as the ankles, or it can be an issue all over the body.
Weight Loss at Harmony Healing
Harmony Healing offers weight-loss services that change your lifestyle for lasting results.
Through medical weight loss, Harmony Healing takes an individualized approach to help you achieve your weight-loss goals. Our programs get to the root of the physical and emotional factors that are causing your excess weight.
Medical weight loss is about overall health. We align your physical, emotional and spiritual selves so you can feel confident and in control.
We offer a variety of ways to help you lose weight safely, including:
- Customized weight loss plan
- Nutrition planning
- Vitamin supplements
- Emotional support
- Stress management
- Lipotropic, MIC, and B12 injections if needed
- Hormone replacement if needed
- Trained medical supervision
- Gradual transition phase to avoid regaining the lost weight
Our personalized programs will help you find the best way to lose weight and keep it off for long-term health benefits and increased self-confidence. Contact Harmony Healing and schedule your weight-loss consultation today.