Hi guys,  Kris from Custom Fitness here, your Amarillo personal trainer. Today we’re going to be talking weight gain. This is going to be the first part in a three part series, so be on the lookout for part two coming soon. And if you have any questions about today’s blog, then please give us a call at (806)-322-3188

Did you know that weight gain is actually a symptom? If you did, what is it a symptom of? And are we treating it correctly?

I know that whenever I get sick or have an issue, I want to know that I’m treating the actual root cause, not just the symptom. It’s too easy these days to put just a bandaid over a symptom and say, “Okay, it’s fixed,” but not really get down to the root cause. So the thing is that we start to understand, that weight gain, whether that is the weight on the scale or actual fat within our body is a symptom of other things. Typically, people are not going to gain weight when things within their bodies are working correctly, and they’re fueling their bodies correctly. Right?

So we look at weight loss in America and think, “Okay, I have to diet. It’s a six week thing or a 12 week thing, I’m going to lose the weight, and then I can go back to doing whatever I want to do, and my body will be fine, and I’ll look great.” The problem is, are looks more important than how your body is working? In my opinion, no, because whenever you look good, that’s fine, but even people who look good can have a heart attack. Right?

So long ago, I had a client that her husband was an avid golfer, went out golfing all of the time, walked the course for most of the time. It was probably five to six days a week that he was out golfing, just loved the sport, and that was great. They would go on these great vacations to different places. One time they were in Florida golfing, and all of a sudden he had a heart attack. They took him to the hospital, and they found out that not only had he had a heart attack, but he actually needed, I believe they called it an octuple bypass. He needed eight bypasses.

The problem with that was that his heart muscle was too soft and mushy, as they described it, to hold the staples that it would need for the surgery. So they actually had to make him wait about four days before they truly decided that he had to have the surgery, and that they’d do the best they could. Luckily, everything turned out well. But he couldn’t quite understand. He had been on the course, he had been doing these things, and he was in his 60s, and he was in great shape other than that. But he hadn’t been working his heart.

So the same holds true for our weight loss issue. We spend so much time dieting and doing these crazy fad things, even these workouts that burn 1000 calories in a workout, and we do so much to our bodies, and we don’t stop to think about the fact that the weight gain that we have may be a symptom of what we’ve done to our body.

So we have to first look at that weight gain in two different directions. We have to understand that sometimes weight gain can be fat, which is something that we want to work on. We do have an essential amount of fat that we have to keep and maintain within our body, but there is excess fat that we can definitely get rid of if our body is holding onto excess fat. But then the question is why is it holding onto excess fat? What are we doing?

Well, first let’s look at the other side of weight gain. Weight gain can also be fluid retention, it can be inflammation, it can be other physiological factors within the body that is causing your body to kind of swell, right? Those kinds of things are a little different. Those are more dire, because inflammation, we think about that being in the gut with our leaky gut that I’m sure you’ve heard about, and things like that, but that inflammation actually grows. It doesn’t just stay in your intestines, it can grow all the way up into your brain, and it can kill you.

So that’s just as important as having too much fat, as is fluid retention. I knew a woman one time who had yo-yo dieted so much that all of a sudden, her adrenals shut down, her body was no longer letting fluid out, and she began to swell, and it was not a pretty thing. Not just physically, but emotionally, mentally, what she was going through, and what the doctors were going through trying to help her, it was not good.

So on that cheerful note i’m going to end part one here. In part two we’re going to be talking more about weight gain and the impacts that it has.

If can’t wait for part two, or you want to know more about Custom Fitness and what we do here, then please give us a call. If you’re wanting the accountability and help with creating an action plan to see results, or are wanting to someone to help create a workout plan to push you to your greatest potential, then that’s what we’re here for. Our trainers are here to look out for you and make sure that you are meeting your goals in a safe way.

At Custom Fitness, we customize a plan for you. We sit down with you and find out what your needs are and then build a health and fitness plan around that. We have an entire team of dedicated professionals to help you with your health and fitness goals. To get your consultation set up, give us a call at 806-322-3188 or email us at info@customfitness.biz At Custom Fitness, we are YOUR personal trainers in Amarillo, Texas. Have a great day.