Weight Gain Causes?

The "Diet Mentality" is one of the causes of weight gain, believe it or not!

"Other Hungers"? What the heck does that mean? You just want quick weight loss, right? How can learning about "Other Hungers" be the best way to lose weight or experience quick weight loss?

So, let's consider some of the weight gain causes. See the page called Causes of Obesity to explain further.

Most people believe the best way to lose weight is to Diet, Diet, and more Diet!

Going on a diet can be one of the greatest disconnects from your inner belly wisdom, so the diet mentality is not the best way to lose weight if you want to keep it off.

You will learn more about this  on the page called Diet Free Thinking on this web site.

Learning about the Yo-Yo Diet Cycle and The Health Thought Cycle can be very helpful in understanding more about weight gain causes as well (these aree PDFs).

When you diet,it also sends a loud warning signal to the body that something is wrong with the environment. You are not eating when you get hungry or eating foods that are a Perfect Match for your belly hunger,which the body guides you to do.

Consider the Causes of Weight Gain or Obesity.

1. Is it Genetics? These determine body shape, bone density, muscle mass etc.

Just because you have overweight family members it does not mean that is your destiny.

They probably have been on many diets which make people get fatter each time because they never learn how to do Mindful Eating or follow the inner belly wisdom when eating or change their thinking to diet free thinking.

A very small percentage of bodies are actually genetically large. An example is the Samoan people, they are large but that doesn’t mean they have to be over weight or obese. Their bone density and muscle mass is also larger so their % body fat is low when they are eating being guided by the inner belly wisdom.

2. Is Organ damage the cause of obesity? Damage to the pituitary gland, thyroid, or loss of bodily sensations like taste, etc, is only < 1 % of obese population, not the general population. Hypo-thyroid can be regulated with medication. 

Also years of dieting causes increase in % body fat which can feel similar to organ damage, but this can be reversed to a great extent by using Mindful Eating and following the guidance of the body’s inner wisdom which is being taught here.

3. Loss of Mental connection with hunger/fullness/body cravings-(or not consistent immediate response to hunger) =DIETING makes you fat!

4. Is lack of exercise a cause of obesity? Yes and no, some people rarely exercise and don't gain weight. The concern here is about the loss of connection with body's natural desire to be active- (or not responding consistently) = NOT EXERCISING, we have a natural “hunger” to be active.


5. Diets make us fat- 95-98% of dieting attempts fail at sustained weight loss, and most dieters fall into the yo-yo diet cycle, the diet fails the dieter! 

  • Diets are fueled by a Culturally Driven Manipulation of Body size, Good or Bad according to size or shape which is heavily influenced by the Fashion Industry Marketing Illusion!
  • Western Medical Professionals Misinformation that supports dieting-Narrow Beliefs based on correlations and myth (see book: Big Fat Lies in the Resources).
  • Cultural Morality & Muscle tone, driven by athletics or cultural icons of what is acceptable or “healthy”, but NOT realistic, unless you are a full time athlete!
  • Personally Driven to "Fix" the Body (to meet some external standard that also may not be realistic. 
  • Fantasy Driven-Attempts to "fix" body against genetic capabilities or what is realistic for quality of life and relationships to be healthy. 
  • Transference of sense of "lack of control" to trying to control the body by dieting. (see Anatomy of a Fat Thought or Other Hungers)

Dieting makes you eventually experience Weight Gain.

Here is why diets make you FAT - eventually!

METABOLIC CHANGES DUE TO DIETS (reversible with Diet Free thinking, Mindful Eating, and Healthy exercise)

  • ↓Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR) – burn less calories with normal activity = easy weight gain
  • Diets increased the enzyme production of  Lipoprotein Lipase- which means you now store body fat more efficiently = easy fat weight gain
  • ↑ % body fat- with each diet muscle is lost and with each re-gain fat is gained= higher percentage of body fat and obesity.
  • Redistribution of fat to abdominal area-- increasing risk for cardiovascular disease & increased risk for Hypertension (high blood pressure).
  • ↑craving for fatty foods = easy weight gain and overeating without Mindful Eating
  • ↑ craving for carbohydrates = easy weight gain and overeating without Mindful Eating

Misreading Hunger

Understanding your "Other Hungers" or a thorough understanding of your unique "weight gain causes" is a critical piece is left out of many diet plans. So the body fights to re-gain the weight lost.

That is why weight gain is usually the repetitive result of dieting!

Generally when you go on a diet you ignore many bodily sensations and become very disconnected from your guiding inner body wisdom.

Dieters are trained to think the best way to lose weight is to ignore everything except the demands of the diet or exercise program for quick weight loss.

Your thinking can make you fat!

Your body image and Fat thoughts is also a big force that keeps the body fat and is a cause of weight gain!

But remember the body is listening to what you are thinking and responding defensively to attack thoughts by keeping fat on your body!

Treat the body with respect and apologize to it when you judge it or don't listen to it.

Yes I am saying talk to yourself, you can tell everyone I told you to. Although it is probably better to do this in a whisper or when you are not around other people :) .

I am serious, the body is listening and interpreting your negative body thoughts as a threat to survival.....so it gains weight as a defense.

Your body image can be blocking your success. Read the document in this website called The Anatomy of a Fat Thought .

See what "fat thoughts" or body hatred thinking does eventually to how you behave.

It is not pretty but if you "get" this and take responsibility by correcting it whenever you can catch it, you will dramatically lessen your continued weight gain and eating to soothe yourself.

Yes I am saying talk to yourself, (you can tell everyone I told you to). Although it is probably better to do this in a whisper or when you are not around other people :) .

I am serious, the body is listening and interpreting your negative body thoughts as a threat to survival.....so it gains weight as a defense.

Your body image can be blocking your success. Read the document in this website called The Anatomy of a Fat Thought .

See what "fat thoughts" or body hatred thinking does eventually to how you behave.

It is not pretty but if you "get" this and take responsibility by correcting it whenever you can catch it, you will dramatically lessen your continued weight gain and eating to soothe yourself.

Judgments about body fat will just make you fatter - apologize to yourself and change them!

You cannot afford one more negative thought about your body, it could be keeping you FAT!

If you are not eating exactly what your belly is guiding you to eat (making a perfect match ) or not responding to hunger appropriately (eating with 5-15 minutes of noticing hunger) it sets off an alarm to store body fat and hold onto any extra weightas a defense against starvation.

Without understanding this aspect of your psyche, sustained weight loss will forever be an unobtainable longing, and weight gain will always be the end result.

So many things feel exactly like hunger. The Webster dictionary defines hunger as an "uneasy feeling in the gut". What else in life leads you to feel "uneasy" in your belly? The list could go on forever and be ever changing!

So I have broken down the Other Hungers into several categories and this ties very closely with the Rewards List as well as understanding the Causes of Over Eating.

Remember when you want to eat and you think you may not be hungry ask yourself...
 

  • What could I be needing?
  •  What could I be thinking or believing?
  • What could I be feeling? 

No self judgment....Stay FASCINATED!

Self judgement about body weight just makes you feel beat up!

As you use these tools that relate to weight gain causes and body image you will begin to discover several things regarding the best way to lose weight and keep it off without being on a diet or feeling deprived, if you are following a healthy diet that is guided by your belly wisdom:

1. If you eat without belly hunger, it never really fills the need so you just keep eating to fill up the " Other Hunger " feelings.

Say to yourself..."There is not enough chocolate in the world to satisfy me if I am eating to fill up any of the "other hungers". I might as well take the time to figure out what is going on with me and address my needs, thinking which becomes believing, or feeling right now or as soon as possible."

2. Pacifier - it is directly connected with the ego part that is the sabatour, it is not our friend.

3. You will begin to discover you are a very unique human being with multifaceted needs that have been neglected for a long time. Now you can begin to learn how to recognize and creatively satisfy them, this solves one of the weight gain causes.

See the PDF download for The Universal Needs List.

4. You will discover that you have many faulty beliefs about food, diet, eating, exercise, body image or weight that you picked up along the way that are not the real TRUTH, even thought they may seem like the truth.

Like "I should clear my plate or it is wasting food". These beliefs or thoughts are driving you to eat when you are not hungry or eat beyond fullness and gain a lot of weight, they are one of the weight gain causes!

See The Lies We Believe.

5. As you get better at discerning the difference between belly hunger, mouth/mind hunger and any of the "Other Hungers" you will begin to take better care of your real needs.

These techniques let the fat defensive part of the body calm down and cooperate with your weight loss efforts as long as you are not feeling food deprived (on a restrictive diet).  You will practice believing all foods are "legalized foods"(or not forbidden), and know that your Inner Belly Wisdom will guide you - it never lies!

Legalizing is Normalizing food is discussed on the page called Diet Free Thinking in this website.


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