You think you are doing everything you can to prevent body fat from accumulating. You do everything you know to lose weight. But every day, the scale stands still or goes up. Why is this happening? Surely your hard work should have paid off by now. Before you give up on the frustration, consider this: it could be due to lesser-known fat triggers that are causing your body to store and build fat.
10 things that trigger the production of fat in the body
The concept of fat triggers was popularly discussed by Jon Gabriel in his book on effective and healthy weight loss and control. He discussed many problems related to weight and diet, and also addressed problems that could cause the production of unwanted fat in the body.
So what are you doing that is causing this mess?
Many people deal with stress in their daily life, and this has an effect on stress hormones in the body, especially one called cortisol. Increased levels of this hormone can cause an imbalance in the body that causes the production of more fat.
Why is this happening? Well, in ancient times, the main source of stress for the body would be the lack of food and very cold temperatures. The body’s response would be to start storing fat to improve survivability.
Today, stress is caused by a host of other problems, including:
- Adjusted times.
- Toxic relationships.
- Accounts payable.
- Mental health problems.
- Other emotional problems.
Needless to say, none of them require you to gain weight and store belly fat to solve these problems. Unfortunately, our bodies have not received the data, so stress continues to cause the body to produce fat. Finding healthy stress management habits, such as meditation, support groups, “free time,” or visualization, can help.
Poor digestion produces fat in the body
A fully clogged digestive system is unable to properly process food components, often leading to a lack of essential nutrients that the body needs to function. This can cause the body to take protective measures and go into a starvation mode to store fat.
You may think that you do not have any digestive problems, but millions of people have it due to the types of food we eat today and the very unhealthy lifestyle that generates stress, generates digestive problems, and which, in turn, stores unwanted fat in the body.
The chronic diet
There are countless fad diets circulating the Internet every day, and many people fall into the trap. Some work, some don’t, and many are just plain dangerous. Worse still, many fall into the unhealthy habit of a chronic diet.
Excessive dieting of a restrictive variety is generally ineffective and does more harm than good. If you are not eating enough calories in a day, your body goes into starvation mode, which is designed to help you store fat in the body. This means that as soon as you interrupt the diet, you will regain all the weight, and more.
If you tend to get caught up in unhealthy dietary habits, you need to understand that there is no shortcut to losing weight. Eat healthy, whole foods in good portions, add exercise to your routine, and take care of yourself. If you find yourself on a compulsive diet and can’t stop, speak to a doctor immediately.
Many types of medications list weight gain as a side effect. This is especially true of those that increase cortisol or disrupt hormone production. Here are a few that can trigger fat production:
- Hormone replacement medication.
Unfortunately, sometimes this type of medication will be necessary and useful, and if you need it, there is unfortunately not much you can do about it. However, you can talk to your doctor about your weight loss or weight maintenance options while taking your medication. Remember to never stop taking prescription drugs without the consent of a doctor.
Lack of sleep is bad for your whole body. It lowers energy, lowers positive thinking, reduces concentration and productivity, and facilitates weight gain as your body struggles to stay energized.
This is especially true if you have a sleep disorder like sleep apnea. Sleep apnea significantly reduces oxygen levels in the blood. This causes chronic exhaustion which, in turn, increases unhealthy cravings, increases cortisol production, and leads to weight gain.
Worst part? It is a cycle. Sleeping less and feeling tired causes you to gain weight, the weight gain decreases the quality of your sleep and that causes the weight gain to happen again, and so on. If you have any concerns regarding a possible sleep disorder, see your doctor immediately. Some people also take naps to help them feel more rested and less chronically tired.
Many of us struggle with emotional problems. This can cause stress and insecurity, which are really great triggers for creating fat in the body because cortisol levels increase.
For many people, emotional struggles and insecurities are related to their weight and size, and this is where it gets dangerous. It forms a deadly cycle that can lead to eating disorders, which is not good for your body and mind in any way.
If you think your fat production problems are rooted in this type of emotional weight problem, you should talk to a therapist, find a support group, or take care of yourself if none of the above options are available. Surrounding yourself with good friends, making time for self-love, and adopting healthy weight loss and maintenance methods are all good options.
A bad diet
You could be eating good portions and believe that you are eating well, but in reality, you are eating all the wrong things at once. For example, you could be eating too much junk or processed food. You may not be getting enough B vitamins, or enough protein, or enough of some mineral or another. Or maybe you are eating too much sugar, bad fat, or refined carbohydrates.
This type of subtle malnutrition can also put your body into starvation mode. Not only that, it causes impaired digestive function that makes it even more difficult to process the consumed products properly. Meanwhile, eating too many bad components leads to a number of diseases, such as insulin resistance and cardiovascular problems, which, of course, can cause type II diabetes and heart disease.
Toxins that cause fat production in the body
There is a lot of misinformation online about toxins, where they come from, and what they do to the body. For the most part, your liver and kidney detoxify you. But if your diet has messed up for a while, they might need a little extra help.
A buildup of toxins is likely to require the body to generate more fat to protect the rest of the body from those toxins and their release. However, this has yet to be confirmed with the investigation and is speculative at this point.
More importantly, toxins come from eating an excess of unhealthy foods, not getting enough sleep, and leading a less-than-ideal lifestyle in terms of health. This is the reason why body cleanses have become so popular, even if they are not as effective as diet lovers would have you believe.
What are your best bets to cleanse your body? Drink more water, for example, and cut down on highly processed or refined foods. Opt for more whole foods, especially an organic variety, if you can get them.
Trauma and burdens from the past
Virtually everyone has some kind of emotional charge. Trauma, on the other hand, is very different and much more serious. Neither is very easy to discuss, and both could be responsible for retaining and producing fat in your body.
It is not uncommon for the body to respond to painful or emotional situations with retention of fat, increasing its weight and creating a “shield” of this type. It is definitely not a very positive way to cope with past trauma, and it can exacerbate symptoms of trauma in many people.
If your problem is emotionally charged, try the following: practice healthy habits, take time to take care of yourself, do visualization and meditation exercises, and surround yourself with a good support network. If your problem stems from trauma, you should seek professional help to overcome its consequences.
These things that trigger body fat production are not often discussed, but they could be the hidden reasons behind your inability to lose weight or stop gaining weight. Unfortunately, for most people, their fat production is caused by more than one of these things, which makes things a bit more complicated.
This is why natural and health-oriented approaches to staying overweight work so well. They involve focusing on eating well, leading a healthy lifestyle, and addressing emotional needs. Real and lasting weight loss is a long-term process that involves a permanent change in lifestyle. But stay positive, because armed with this knowledge, you are capable of doing it!