The 4 Secret Root Causes of Weight Gain 
Written by Andrew Hanoun on September 22nd, 2017
When people are talking about WHY they gain weight, there are four main causes that never come up, yet, if not addressed, will thwart any long term weight-loss success.

Secret 1: Perceived Stress
I’ve talked about how important reducing stress is in my previous blogs, but given it’s prevalence in our society, it’s worth another mention. This means reducing exposure to unnecessary stresses in our life, such as hanging around with negative people, watching the news, or ruminating on negative memories. I can’t say enough on how important this is. There is no way to out supplement or out eat lots of perceived stress, yet there are many actions that we can take to reduce our perceived stress and live a more fulfilled life. Some of my top favourites are meditation, practising gratitude first thing in the morning and right before bed, & self-development books, videos and audiotapes. Although altering our thought patterns takes time, it is definitely do-able, and the more we can do this, we are making it much easier for ourselves to heal and become more resilient to stress. It is impossible to get well if this piece is not managed, so engage in some of these lifestyle behaviours and seek out help if you need it. Many people find an accountability partner or a social group helpful. 

Secret 2: Inflammation/Infection
Another prevalent root cause of chronic weight gain is inflammation. Inflammation is a broad term that basically means our immune system is highly active. Inflammation is necessary for our survival, and acutely, is responsible for us healing. However, chronic inflammation causes many issues. The key is to identify all the sources of inflammation and address them as well as eating a high anti-inflammatory diet and supplementing appropriately. Some common causes of inflammation are infections like viruses, bacteria, and parasites, food sensitivities, an accumulation of toxins in the body, and poor food choices. If you suspect any of these for yourself, or would like to know if any of these apply to you, you can reach out to me to do in-depth testing. 

Secret 3: Blood Sugar Imbalance
High blood sugar is a major stress on the body and is one of the easiest things to correct. Adhering to a Paleo type of diet, where all processed and refined foods are eliminated, and including more vegetables, high quality proteins and fats have resulted in profound improvements in blood sugar regulation. You may need to eat smaller, more frequent meals at first to help you regulate your blood sugar, so make sure to always have a healthy snack on hand. 

Secret 4: Dysregulated Sleep Patterns/Circadian Entrainment
Inconsistent sleep schedules and chronic deficiency of sunlight can wreak havoc on our system. 
To correct this we must bring ourselves back into the natural rhythm of light and dark. This means getting direct sunlight exposure first in the morning, during the day, and reducing the exposure to light in the evening, especially of electronics, which emit light wavelengths that prevent the release of our sleep hormone, melatonin. 

Those are the 4 secret root causes of weight gain. If you think you have one or more, it is important to take immediate action to address them, as if left unaddressed for too long, they can compound their negative effects on the body. Feel free to connect with me if you would like help correcting these imbalances.

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Andrew Hanoun 

After experiencing burnout and bottomed out testosterone as a professional, Andrew knew he needed help. He decided to take matters into his own hands. He graduated with the degree of Doctor of Naturopathy from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine and earned a degree in Functional Diagnostic Nutrition. He has made it his mission in helping men who suffer from low energy to fully recover their energy, drive and mojo. He is now a Functional Health Practitioner in Oakville, Canada. 

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