by Marcelle Pick, OB/GYN NP
- How stress can make us gain weight
- Number one for your adrenal health: Eat!
- Pacing yourself to promote healing
Too often, women and their healthcare practitioners think weight loss is all about cutting calories and exercising more. But I have several patients who’ve tried these avenues with no success. The majority of women I see at my practice are genuinely trying to do everything “right” for their health. They exercise regularly, eat well, take their supplements, and so on. But many are frustrated with their weight gain and haven’t lost a pound. They’re literally desperate when they come to me — and trust me, I know how they feel, because I’ve been there!
Could adrenal fatigue be causing your weight problem?
- Do you feel bone tired during the day, only to perk up at night?
- Do you tend to nod off at the movies, at meetings, or while reading during the daytime?
- Do you love to snack in the evening and frequently stay up late into the night?
- Do you feel hungry, confused, or shaky when under pressure during the day?
- Do you habitually rely on caffeine and high-carb snacks to boost your flagging energy?
- Have you noticed a “spare tire” growing larger and larger around your waist each year?
- Are you eating modestly and exercising, but still not losing weight?
If you answered to yes to two or more of the above, adrenal fatigue could lie at the core of your weight gain.
These patients are always surprised when I ask them about the stress in their lives, and they want to know, What does stress have to do with weight gain?
With years of chronic stress the adrenal glands — which govern our stress response, help balance a woman’s blood sugar, and regulate many other of our body’s processes — can become imbalanced, leading to cortisol dominance or deficiency, insulin resistance, and unwanted weight gain. When this happens, it doesn’t matter how many calories you cut from your diet. The body is in crisis mode and is preparing for a famine. To do this, it clings to every calorie and packs it away in case the need arises.
Many women with adrenal imbalance feel like exhaustion is just their natural state of being. Some depend on caffeine and high-carb snacks to get through the day. Others can barely get out of bed. Our adrenal glands are fundamental to our health, and when they are out of balance, the body prepares for disaster the best way it knows how — by storing calories. Genetically, some of us are more predisposed to this than others. But the good news is that if we heal the adrenals, stubborn pounds often fall away without too much effort, and our energy returns.
Take a closer look at your adrenal glands and find out about solutions for healing yours — and finally getting rid of that stubborn weight. Read more with our articles on adrenal health.