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Get to the Bottom of Your Weight Gain

WHAT!!? Why are the numbers on my scale CLIMBING!!!!!?

That is a valid and often frustrating question — and the answers are often hard.

“Any change in your life circumstances can produce changes in eating and exercise, which leads to weight gain,” stated Edward Abramson, Ph.D., professor emeritus of psychology at California State University, author of Emotional Eating.

So why has your weight increased? And, more importantly, what can you do about it?

1. Life’s Fat Traps
If you’ve ever trained with me, you’ve heard me say that everyone’s weight fluctuates — my cushion/excuse for my vacation gain and my winter comfort of meatloaf(!!!) However, it’s important to understand why your weight fluctuates.

Check out a few weight gain triggers I’ve listed and determine which one is responsible for your plight.

  • College: The college years are some of the easiest for gaining weight. The average, college freshman gain about 0.5 pounds a week. All-nighter with snacks, anyone?
  • Marriage: Is breakfast in bed a myth? I’ll have to ask my sister.
  • Pregnancy: Not just women gain, but men gain those “sympathy” pounds along with their wives during pregnancy.
  • Career: Do you spend your 8 hours behind a desk another 2 hours commuting? Conversely, people who spend their 8 hours in constant motion find weight loss a natural byproduct of the job.j
  • Emotional Events: High’s and Lows. Celebrations. Holidays. Divorce. Death. Loss of any kind — jobs, foreclosure, pets, friendships, a favorite pair of shades (ding ding ding!). Any changes in family dynamic — birth of children, adoption, children going away to college. Any financial variance. Bills. Taxes. Economic times. Depression.
  • Boredom: Have you ever finished watching tv, looked around and all the snacks were gone — and you didn’t realize you were eating a family bag of Lay’s potato chips?!  Or maybe you knew you were going to eat the whole pizza alone.
  • Refusal: Many people refuse to take the time to learn how the body works and what the body needs as fuel — food-wise — and OFTEN don’t begin the process until it’s too late. Blood pressure. Cholesterol. These numbers are very important. Knowledge is power. Ignorance of the law is no excuse. If you don’t take care of yourself, who will?

2. New Habits 

What has changed in your lifestyle? Do you prepare your lunch for work? Is there some emotion that needs to be addressed? Has your friend-circle changed? Is food some sort of “safety” for you? Maybe you should just walk to the store and buy some fruit as exercise. Get busy. Get active. Go outside and throw the ball with a child. Volunteer with that extra time. Clean the house. Clean the refrigerator. Think about it.

3. Your Transformation
Perhaps I helped you identify a fat trap. Maybe your reason wasn’t on the list I provided. Please comment!

It’s time to make a change. Excuses or Results. Not Both.

Call or email BN-Fit Personal Fitness today to get started on a fitness program that will help make you immune to all of life’s fat traps.

Once you start working with me, those numbers on your scale will quickly change direction.

Best in Health,

Byron Nichols CPT

  • reply
    Erin TGross
    August 5, 2011

    Awesome…I’m saving this to read over and over again