Causes of Weight Gain

There are many causes for gaining weight, but some of the main reasons are related to our genetic make-up. Every cell in the body has a central control system, the nucleus which controls our genes and chromosomes.

The blueprint or operational manual responsible for our physical make-up, our hereditary traits and natural inclinations are stored in our DNA.


The environment we live in and our dietary and exercise habits also contribute to a large extend to an ever-increasing rate of obesity. With physical activity at an all-time low due to time spent on social media and television and the availability of fast foods highly processed, fast foods at your fingertips 24 hours a day.

The increase in calories, unhealthy fats and sugars consumed promotes unhealthy eating habits and larger portions sizes and calorie laden drinks.

Lifestyle choices are another problem in todays society. Poor nutrition leads to fatigue and depression, eating out of boredom, stress and anxieties has a great impact on our overall health and wellbeing and most of all on gaining extra Weight.

This is also an area we can control of and make the necessary changes to reach and maintain a healthy weight. Even minor changes can make a big difference.

Taking the stairs instead of the elevator, parking a little bit further away from your place of work and when running errands, limiting your TV time and social interaction and eliminate some of the unhealthy foods

Andropause and Weight Gain

Andropause or male menopause – defines a gradual decline of androgenic hormones such as testosterone in the human male with its associated side effectIs there such a thing as a male menopause? Hormonal changes are real, and the symptoms can range from loss of libido and erectile dysfunction to fatigue, depression and night sweats.

This gradual change usually happens between the ages of 45 to 55, but the production of testosterone declines gradually starting at the age of 30 at the rate of about one percent a year.

There is also a strong connection between weight gain and andropause related hormonal changes. Declining testosterone levels and an increase in cortisol promote an increase in body fat around the midsection and a decrease in muscle mass.

A high degree of stress during this time can lead to an increase in appetite, low energy and fatigue and less physical activity which is a sure way to weight gain.

Seasonal Affective Disorder

dreamstime_m_35188315-Seasonal Affective Disorder or SAD primarily affects people during the fall and winter season. It is a form of depression, with periods of being sad, angry or irritable and may leave you feeling more tired than usual.

The shorter days and the lack of sun light, especially in areas located far from the equator can disturb your internal clock and you may feel the need to sleep more than usual. [Read more…]

If You Have A Heart Attack – Insist On This

dreamstime_m_21122666-If you end up in the emergency room with a heart attack, make sure you insist on a 2 cc injection of magnesium sulfate.

In double-blind, placebo-controlled scientific study, they looked at 273 patients who were admitted to the hospital for a heart attack. The study published in one of the most prestigious medical journals revealed that after 4 weeks, the people who received the magnesium, [Read more…]

Carbs and Sugar

dreamstime_m_53705203 (1)-xCarbohydrates consist of complex long-chain and short-chain carbohydrates or sugars.  All the cells – the cells in the brain – more than the rest – depend on glucose for energy and to function properly. The body makes glucose by splitting complex sugars and carbohydrates into their basic units – mostly sugar. [Read more…]