Haven't Changed Anything in Your Diet But Still Gaining Weight?

Haven't Changed Anything in Your Diet But Still Gaining Weight?

Are you trying to lose weight but you keep gaining more?

You are positive that you're not eating more food or “junkier” food but you're still gaining weight.

Is this possible?

Yes!  You are NOT crazy!

And here's why.

We both know that the whole “calories in, calories out” argument is an overly simplistic view of weight.

There's definitely more to the story than just what you're eating, right?

A lot of this comes right down to your metabolic rate which is affected by things like your activity level, history of dieting, body composition, and even what you eat.

But, let's go beyond the “eat less and exercise more” advice and dive into some of the less obvious underlying reasons why you may be gaining weight even though you're eating the same.

These things can affect your weight loss efforts:

  • Aging

  • Hormones

  • Sleep

  • Stress

Let's look at each one in more detail. 

Aging and weight loss

Funny things happen the older we get.  People commonly experience lower energy levels, more digestive discomfort, weight gain, as well as aches and pains.

Aging can result in hormonal changes for both men and women.  And these can contribute to loss of some lean muscle mass, as well as increases and changes in fat storage on our bodies.

The good thing is that, this is very common and not your fault one bit.

Hormones and weight loss

Your thyroid is the master controller of your metabolism and can be a massive contributor to your weight gain.  There are several things that can affect it and throw it off course.

When your thyroid gets off course and produces fewer hormones your metabolism slows down.  And when your metabolism slows down you can gain weight.  Even though you're eating the same way you always have.

Pro Tip: Talk with your doctor about having your hormones tested.  And try the thyroid-friendly recipe that I created for you at the end of this post!

Learn more here: The Link Between Hormones and Belly Fat

Sleep and weight loss

There is plenty of research that shows the influence that sleep has on your metabolic rate. 

And as we age it can become harder and harder to get a good night's sleep.

The general consensus is to get 7-9 hours of sleep every night to help avoid weight gain.

It's true!  Lack of sleep is linked with weight gain.

Who ever thought you can sleep off your weight?

Pro Tip: Try to get at least 7 hours of sleep every night.  The first place to start is by implementing a calming before bedtime routine.

To read more about sleep and weight loss- read this: Why Is My Metabolism Slow?

Stress and weight loss

It seems to be everywhere!  So many things that can cause stress responses in your body.

And you know that stress hormones are not going to help you sustain healthy habits or maintain a healthy weight, right?

While you can't necessarily change your stressors you can try to adjust your stress response to them.

Pro Tip:  Try meditation or yoga.  Or even mindful eating.  What about those new adult colouring books that are all the rage now?


There are lots of factors that can affect your weight, even if you're eating the same way you always have.  Aging, hormones, stress, and sleep are all interconnected to each other and can all contribute to weight gain, even if you're eating the same way you always have.

Want to read more about weight loss? I have another blog post you might like,

Click here: 10 Tips To Losing Weight And Feeling Great

Reduce stress to lose weight

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Does the word “diet” make you cringe? Are you ready to lose weight for real and keep it off? Do you want to lose weight the easy way and without sacrificing your health or flavor?

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And here's a yummy, new recipe to try!

Seaweed Sushi Bowl Recipe (Thyroid friendly iodine)

Serves 2


  • 1 cup cooked rice

  • 1 avocado (thinly sliced)

  • ½ cucumber (diced)

  • ½ red pepper (thinly sliced)

  • 1 green onion (chopped)

  • 2 tablespoons dried seaweed (arame, wakame, or crumbled nori sheets)

  • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds

  • 3 tablespoons rice vinegar

  • 3 tablespoons gluten-free tamari sauce

  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil

  • ½ garlic clove

  • dash salt and pepper


  1. Split the first seven ingredients into two bowls.

  2. Mix the rest of the ingredients together to make the dressing.

  3. Pour the dressing over the sushi bowls.

Serve & Enjoy!

Tip:  This is a great lunch to take on the go.  Keep dressing in a separate container so you can give it a shake before adding it onto the sushi bowl.

I would love to hear from you! Please leave your comments below!

Gaylene Gomez, NNCP, C.H.N.

A little bit about me! I'm Gaylene, a Holistic Nutrition Coach for women. I work with busy, professional women to help them learn about healthy, simple lifestyle changes they can easily implement to reduce belly bloat, lose weight and get through their day with sustained energy. My clients are committed to their health and excited to learn about healthy eating and natural living. I feel proud of them for taking charge of their health and I'm so lucky to work with these amazing women. 

Learn more about me here: About Me