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The Mystery of Weight Gain: 8 Lesser Known Causes Revealed

It’s like a game of hide-and-seek with your weight. You eat healthily and stay active, yet somehow the scale still creeps up. Turns out, it’s not just about calories in and calories out. There are sneaky culprits behind your weight gain that you might not have even considered. So, let’s uncover the mystery and reveal what’s really standing between you and your Happy weight.

1. Stream, Snack, Repeat: How Netflix Affects Your Eating Habits

Let’s talk about your Netflix addiction. We all love a good binge-watch on the sofa, but it can quickly turn into a recipe for a sedentary lifestyle. And let’s be honest, when we’re glued to the screen, we tend to reach for the junk food. It’s a dangerous cycle that can lead to weight gain.

Hey, no need to panic! We’ve got this. It’s time to put down the remote and give your body a break from the Netflix marathon and all the snacking that goes with it. Why not try a new hobby or unwind with a relaxing soak in the bath and a good book? Or, treat yourself to an early night to recharge. Trust me, your body will thank you for the break, and you’ll be ready to tackle the next season of your favourite show in no time.

2. Nice vs. Healthy: Balancing Politeness and Weight Loss

Let’s face it, sometimes being too nice can get us into trouble – especially when it comes to our waistlines. But fear not! If you’re looking to shed some pounds, it’s time to embrace your inner diva and start saying ‘no’ without any guilt. That means turning down that extra slice of pizza or accepting that it’s perfectly okay to leave some food on your plate. And don’t be afraid to explain to your loved ones that you’re on a weight loss journey. With a little bit of communication and understanding, they’ll be cheering you on every step of the way. Who knows? Maybe you’ll even inspire them to join you on your healthy living adventure!

3. From Stressed Out to Slimmed Down

Feeling like life is just too much to handle lately? It’s time to take a chill pill and try some relaxation techniques. Believe it or not, stress can have a major impact on your weight. When you’re under stress, your body produces hormones that can make you crave comforting foods that activate the reward centres in your brain and help you feel better. Unfortunately, those foods are usually not the healthiest options and can lead to weight gain. But wait, there’s more! Elevated levels of the stress hormone cortisol have also been linked to excess belly fat, which is a risk factor for some pretty serious health issues like heart disease and diabetes. So, take a deep breath, put on some relaxing tunes, and give your body the break it deserves.

4. The Late-Night Struggle

Let’s face it, we’ve all been there – binge-watching the latest Netflix series until the early hours of the morning, or staying up late trying to finish that project for work. But did you know that sacrificing sleep could be sabotaging your weight loss efforts?

Research has consistently shown that a lack of sleep can throw off your weight loss game and even cause you to pack on the pounds. When we don’t get enough sleep, our bodies produce more of the hunger-stimulating hormone ghrelin and less of the hormone leptin, which signals our brains that we’re full. This can leave us feeling hungrier and more likely to reach for unhealthy, high-calorie snacks to keep us going throughout the day. Plus, we’re often too tired to get moving, which means we burn fewer calories and can put on weight over time.

So, the next time you’re tempted to sacrifice your sleep for another episode of your favourite show, think twice. Your waistline will thank you for hitting the hay and getting a good night’s rest.

5. Post-Workout Treats and Weight Loss: The Connection

Working out is a great way to stay in shape, but it’s not just about breaking a sweat. What you eat after exercising can make all the difference in your weight loss journey. While reaching for a handful of biscuits might seem like a treat, it could undo all your hard work.

For example, you might burn off 350 calories during a 5k run, only to consume 340 calories by eating four McVities milk chocolate digestives. That’s right, four!

To maximise your workout, it’s important to see food as fuel, not a reward. By focusing on nourishing your body with nutritious food, you can improve your performance and reach your weight loss goals faster. So, instead of indulging in unhealthy snacks, think about what your body needs to function at its best.

6. Emotional Eating

Are you feeling down lately? It’s natural to want to turn to food as a comfort when we’re feeling low. But did you know that this habit could be a learned behaviour that’s hard to break?

Emotional eating can be a tough cycle to overcome. You eat because you feel bad, and then you feel bad because you ate too much. But the good news is that there are other ways to cope with negative emotions that don’t involve food. Why not try going for a walk or calling a friend? Finding healthy distractions can help break the cycle of emotional eating and improve your overall well-being.

And remember, if you’re experiencing symptoms of depression, it’s always a good idea to seek professional help. Make an appointment with your GP and take the first step towards feeling better.

7. Mindful Eating Out

It’s totally fine to indulge in our favourite delicious foods once in a while. But when it comes to eating out, we should focus on quality over quantity or price. Fast food and all-you-can-eat buffets might seem like a good deal, but they’re usually highly processed and leave us feeling guilty and unsatisfied.

Instead, choose better quality, less processed foods from cafes and restaurants. Eating out should be a treat, not a convenience.

 Take the time to prepare healthy meals most of the time, and save eating out for special occasions. Planning it in advance means you can enjoy the experience without feeling guilty. Plus, many restaurants offer tasty and nourishing foods, so you can still eat healthy without feeling like you’re on a diet. Look for dishes with plenty of vegetables and lean protein, and remember that beautifully presented food increases the enjoyment of your meal. 

Don’t beat yourself up over one indulgent meal or a weekend of fun. It’s all about balance! If you’re consistently going off track every weekend and not seeing results, remember that nothing changes if nothing changes. You can still go out, enjoy and lose weight, remember your Evolve group can absolutely help you with tips and ideas to enjoy yourself whilst staying on plan and smashing your weight loss goals.

Remember, progress over perfection!

8. Size Matters! Portion Control

Have you noticed that portion sizes seem to be getting bigger and bigger these days? It’s not just fast food joints that are guilty of this – even “healthy” foods can pack a calorie punch if you eat too much of them.

It’s all about creating a calorie deficit if you want to lose weight – in other words, burning more calories than you consume. That’s why our Everyday Eats plan is so great – we have over 200 NO Count foods for you to choose from, plus we give you recommended portions for foods that are easy to overeat, like pasta and rice.

Don’t get us wrong – these foods are great for you, and carbs have many health benefits. But it’s important to be mindful of how much you’re eating, especially if weight loss is your goal. So go ahead and enjoy these foods, just make sure to keep portions in check!