When we have gotten into a routine of exercise and finally found a good menu that we can enjoy, sometimes we do so well that we feel like we can take a break from it all. The benefit of working out regularly and eating healthy is that after a while, your body begins to work for you even when you’re not working out. However, as we get comfortable and begin enjoying how we’ve hit our goal, our bodies are still looking good in those new clothes and the day-to-day routines have become lax, all of a sudden there are some extra pounds that must have been left by the fat fairy!
Sometimes, this scenario doesn’t even happen to you, but you are the individual that hasn’t changed your routine much at all, and as you get on the scale those numbers are rising.
In most cases weight fluctuation is related to improper eating habits or hormonal changes. What you should know is that there are more reasons to consider, and they are quite common. Just a few reasons would be stress, not getting enough rest and possibly even medications that you have to take.
Stress is not just a feeling resulting from an overload of responsibilities. It actually has a physical response within us that starts a biochemical process.
“Our bodies store fuel, slow down metabolism, and dump out chemicals [cortisol, leptin, and other hormones] which are more likely to cause…obesity in the abdominal region.”(http://webmd.com)
Not getting enough rest also effects the inner-workings of yours body’s natural process. Lack of good sleep and little rest leads to a physiological stress, which responds just the same as the aforementioned. If at all possible, try taking a nap regularly or going to bed a few minutes earlier.
For those of you on medications that are causing your weight to be in less of your control, consult with your doctor and find out if in fact your medication is the trigger and if there is an alternative. If by chance there is no alternative, you may have to find healthy ways to counter the weight gain.
At the end of the day, we are all made quite differently and it can feel like our bodies end up responding to everything we do. In some ways this is true, but it s important to remember not to focus all of your attention on your outward appearance or numbers. The body needs balance, and that balance in most cases starts with the inward appearance.