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Causes of Weight Gain

Causes of Weight Gain

Poor diet and lifestyle are not the only reasons people become overweight. There are many causes of weight gain AND obstacles that stand in the way of successful health and fat loss.

When you find and remove your obstacles to weight loss it is much easier and more successful.

High Insulin causes fat storage and stops fat burning

Insulin causes fat storage and stops fat burning leading to obesity. High levels of dietary carbohydrates, also known as high glycaemic load foods (e.g. sugars and starchy foods, such as bread, rice, pasta and potatoes) increase blood glucose and insulin to ‘switch off’ fat burning and increase fat gain. So if you want to encourage fat burning you need to eat the foods that keep you blood glucose and insulin levels down.

Hormone imbalances

Thyroid: dysfunction can affect weight, energy levels, appetite and mood. When your thyroid is under-functioning, your body’s metabolism slows down and weight loss becomes very difficult.

Cortisol:  Stress increases, cortisol (stress hormone) that increase fat storage around the middle, face and neck, increases appetite and slows your calorie burning

Oestrogen: In women, oestrogen is another hormone that can fuel weight gain, particularly around the hips and thighs. Some signs of hormone imbalance are menstrual symptoms or menopausal problems. When you balance the hormones weight loss happens more easily.

Testosterone: In men, low testosterone increases body fat that tends to accumulate around the stomach.
In clinic or functional pathology tests can diagnose so we know what to do to rebalance your hormones.

Unbalanced gut bacteria

Yes your digestive system may be making you fat.

It’s a fact – our highly processed, high-sugar, high-fat, low-fibre diet—plus many drugs like antibiotics, steroids, anti-inflammatories, acid-blockers, and hormones alters the bacterial ecosystem in the gut, leading to reduced protective bacteria , inflammation, obesity, leaky gut and many other disorders.

Low fibre diet

Be cautious of eating a high protein and high fat diet with reduced healthy fibre vegetables and salads which cause constipation and starve gut bacteria. I have good results when my patients take the special soluble fibre psyllium that feeds the beneficial bacteria.


leads to fat storage.

Inflammation from any cause—bacteria, food, a high-sugar, high-fat diet—will lead to higher insulin. And since insulin is a fat storage hormone, you store more fat—mostly around the belly.

When your body is inflamed, chemicals are released that stimulate the secretion of a hormone called leptin from fat cells. Leptin helps regulates appetite and energy production. However, high levels further increase inflammation, increasing the entry of glucose that causes fat storage in the cells. Using anti-inflammatory foods and supplements makes a huge difference.


allergens- Avoiding gluten, dairy, soy, corn or nuts can help treat obesity because it reduces inflammation as well as those other symptoms of low energy and foggy brain that make you reach for stimulants like caffeine and sugar. That means you don’t limit calories, just foods that cause allergies.


We all have various genes that can increase fat storage and regulate fat burning, inflammation and exercise efficiency. We provide Smart DNA gene profiling to clients to optimize their diet and exercise program . You are way ahead when you know the drivers of your weight gain so you can target those areas. It might be diabetes, insulin or inflammation genes or the wrong sort of exercise. When you know you already have a targeted effective solution.


– can inhibit energy production and fat burning. We use a detoxing, cell cleansing protein powder (Opticleanse GHI) to remove toxins from your body to improve losing fat. This is absolutely important before pregnancy so your baby does not absorb your toxin load. Cellulite is the ultimate sign of toxin storage in fat cells.


. When you are low in important nutrients we crave and eat more and more processed food searching for the nutrients that aren’t there. We are starving in the midst of plenty- overfed, undernourished and unsatisfied. So what is the solution? Eat a nutrient-dense diet and supplement with a few key nutrients to help your biology function optimally. Why feel okay when you can feel and look great!

We can help you find and remove your obstacles to weight loss.