WE’RE IN A FOOD PANDEMIC AND IT IS CAUSING WEIGHT GAIN
The pandemic and sheltering-in-place have created a perfect storm for weight gain—life has been disrupted, schedules and routines are out of whack. So here comes what they call the Covid-15. Fifteen pounds mindlessly piled on. The never normal has become the new normal. We’re a nation going cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs. And gorging on fat memes which can make you laugh, but then make you take a dive for the Dove Bars. And while you’re there, forage through the fridge in frustration. That voice you hear calling is your scale taunting you like a Siren…” Step on me, I dare you.”
ANY WONDER WEIGHT GAIN IS ON THE MENU?
The trend represents a stark reversal from the national gravitation toward more natural foods in recent years. The only thing guaranteed healthy now are people’s appetites. Your workspace became your eat space. Snickers, Snackerz, chewy, munchy, Cheetos, Doritos, Tostitos, Fritos…that’s a lot of “itos”. You’ve even hired a personal chef; his name is Boyardee. We are drowning in massive piles of fat cell fertilizer. And obsessing over the Great British Bake Off isn’t going to help you take weight gain off.
STUFFING THE FEELINGS
Most of us are eating out of boredom. Or opportunity. You deserve it. Everybody is doing it. But another pandemic in this country is mental health. Nearly 1 in 5 people in this country have experienced mental health issues at one time or another. Anxiety, fear, sadness, depression is worse than ever. And this emotional distress causes another kind of binge eating; stress eating. To ‘escape’ from awareness of these negative thoughts and feelings, attention is focused instead on immediate relief such as food. But without enjoyment. And even with disgust.
Some people came into 2020 already overweight or even obese. In fact, the U.S. adult obesity rate tops 40 percent; the highest ever recorded. According to the CDC, adults with obesity might have a higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19. It will not increase a person’s chance of becoming infected but it can lead to serious complications.
YOU LOSE A LOT WHEN YOU GAIN
The coronavirus isn’t the only concern for those with more serious ongoing weight problems; there are approximately 240 different health conditions associated with obesity. It can put them at risk for chronic fatigue, muscle aches, joint pain, headaches, and high blood pressure. But it can get much more serious. All that excess body fat can lead to Type 2 diabetes, sleep apnea, anxiety, depression, strokes, heart disease, and even many types of cancer.
IT’S NOT YOU. IT’S YOUR HORMONES
Who doesn’t beat themselves up when it comes to weight gain? Time to give yourself some slack here. Even if you’ve been one of the tribe of doing-everything-right, eating well, and exercising, you can still have a weight gain problem. But be reassured, an untamed appetite isn’t always the only food perp causing you to pile on those pounds. If you’re going to fat shame, lay the blame on your hormones. Yep, hormones and weight gain go hand in hand.
Hormones direct our body’s responses; how we respond to things like food, exercise, stress, and sleep. And they play a huge role in how your metabolism functions. How you use food for fuel, whether it gets stored or burned, whether you feel hungry or full, whether you experience cravings or not. It affects your mood and even your motivation to exercise. When your hormones are out of balance, they can hold onto your weight gain for dear life.
TAKE WEIGHT GAIN OFF YOUR PLATE FOR GOOD
At Denver Hormone Health, they can put you on the right path to reversing your metabolic meltdown. No one is destined to gain weight. The caring and experience hormone specialists at Denver Hormone Health understand. They want to be your weight loss support system to help restore your physical and overall well-being. Their proven weight loss program starts with finding which hormones are out of balance and just how much. This lets them create an integrated weight loss plan unique to your needs that can include bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, B6, B12, and lipotropic injections, plus exclusive, highest quality weight management supplements. They help you with exercise, nutrition, and whatever you need to make your weight loss journey go smoothly. Hungry for results? Call Denver Hormone Health for an appointment now.