Six Health Related Reasons for Weight Gain & One Thing to Solve It

Six Health Related Reasons for Weight Gain & One Thing to Solve It

The majority of people are overweight or struggling with some sort of health issue that seems impossible to solve.

We cut back on calories, try to eat clean, cut back on fast food and still many people can’t lose the weight they’d love to or need to in order to feel better.

Recently I wrote an article on Mindset and stated that losing weight is all about mindset.  And it is….for some people.

If you’re like me, once my mindset couldn’t get me to a place where the changes I knew I needed to make created the results I wanted (ie..weight loss!) I had to look deeper into the root cause.

Here are six health related reasons for weight gain that could be at the root of your weight struggles.


If you are taking an anti-depressant aimed at improving your mood and appetite, then weight gain will likely be on the long list of potential side effects.  And if your depression symptoms worsen or go untreated, weight gain can also occur due to stress on the body.

Lack of Sleep

When your body is robbed of ZZZZZ’s it needs to find energy somewhere.  The easiest place to find the needed energy is found in fast, convenient foods and late night snacking.  And because sleep is needed to maintain healthy biochemical balance in the body, if you’re sleep deprived you are more likely to experience an increase in appetite for starchy, fatty and sugary foods.


This disease occurs when the thyroid becomes underactive or fatigues entirely (meaning it stops producing adequate thyroid hormone.)  As a result your metabolism will decrease leading to a high risk of packing on pounds for no apparent reason.  However, the associated symptoms of hypothyroidism- which include fatigue, depression and coldness in the extremities – may lead you to believe that something isn’t quite right.

Cushing’s Syndrome

Cortisol ( the fight or flight hormone) is usually emitted during times of extreme stress or trauma.  However, people with Custing’s syndrome emit elevated levels of cortisol constantly – or have been prescribed oral corticosteroid meds for conditions like arthritis and lupus.  Prolonged exposure to high levels of cortisol will eventually lead to a condition known as hypercortisolism, which causes weight gain, particularly around the face, neck, and waist.  Other symptoms of Cushings syndrome include dark purple stretch marks, bone loss, and high blood pressure.

Other Medications

Many types of prescription drugs can cause unexplained weight gain.  Steroid-type meds (such as prednisone) often lead to excess water retention in areas of the face or abdomen.  Drugs prescribed for migraines, diabetes, and seizures may cause weight gain or increase mood and appetite once the treatment begins working.


Cortisol is again at work here.  Cortisol is known as the stress hormone.  When you feel stressed out or not in control, eating is one way to gain control back.  And while the cortisol hormone does not cause hunger, it’s what youreach for that matters.  Most of us will go for convenience and comfort foods that are full of refined carbs, sugars and trans fats that quickly calm us during times of high anxiety.

Before you begin to feel completely helpless, let me put you at ease.  The six health related reasons for weight gain no longer need to be a burden to you.  In my decade long journey to create natural health and unbelievable happiness I’ve gone through am amazing transformation.

And I’ve discovered what works and what doesn’t.  In my book Windows of Awareness: A Spiritual Guide to End Emotional Eating…and Live the Life of Your Dreams I mention that the belly has it’s own brain.

In fact, the belly brain has more neurotransmitters and serotonin than the brain in your head!

I’m not going to get into the science of it because even if you know the science, experience is what will create your needed sustained change to drop the weight and ultimately help you to mend and even solve those health problems I listed above, for good!

The one thing I’m talking about is Probiotics.  Now not any old brand will do.  And if you have certain types of health issues, then you’ll want some other very specific things to go with your probiotics.

To learn how to buy the right probiotic let’s chat for 15 minutes and you’ll discover what will work best for your unique needs.

Then if you need more help, email me at




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