3 Hidden Reasons You Gain Weight

Weight gain
Having problems losing weight? Check your diet for these 3 common culprits that cause your body to gain weight.

Are you having problems releasing weight? One important principle I encourage in the Take Back Your Temple program is to pay attention to how certain foods make you feel.

This gives you valuable feedback into how your body is responding to the foods you eat.

We are all different in that we each tolerate certain foods better than others.

A food journal/app empowers you to become a detective, discovering which foods make you feel and function best – and which don’t.

This can make all the difference in whether you will have the energy and focus needed to fulfill your God-given purpose and live an abundant life.

It puts the power of choice in your hands because it gives you answers to these questions:

  • Do certain foods make you bloat, clog up your sinuses, and drain your energy? Make a note of them and replace them with a better alternative that doesn’t cause problems.
  • Do certain foods make you feel energetic and strong? Pay attention! You want to emphasize those. Including those in your regular diet has a direct impact on the quality of your life because you’ll feel healthier and stronger more often!

In keeping a food journal, I have discovered 3 food types that make me bloat, drain my energy, and cause me to gain weight.

My body is very sensitive; it has a hair-trigger alert system so that when I eat the wrong types of foods, it is quick to respond negatively.

My sinuses are like the “canary in the coal mine” for me. It is my first alert that something has triggered my body’s warning system via a food sensitivity or allergy.

When my sinuses clog up, that means my body is retaining water to protect itself from an irritant:

  • Retaining water means gaining weight
  • Gaining weight means an increase in blood volume
  • Increased blood volume means an increase in my blood pressure

Not only that, but eating these foods cause me to have food cravings. Not good!

Here are my 3 trouble foods:

  • Sugar
  • Salt
  • Wheat-based products

1. Sugar

Most processed foods are loaded with sugar and salt for flavoring and to keep them on the shelves longer. Great for the manufacturer’s profits; bad for your health!

If you are having difficulty releasing weight, you may want to check your refrigerator, cabinets, and freezer for processed foods. You probably are eating more than your body can handle.

If you are saying, “I’m eating healthy but I’m not losing weight,” then I recommend you start with a sugar audit to get more insight. Some foods you are eating may not be as “healthy” as you think!

Sugar Audit

Get a pen and paper. Read the labels on the foods in your refrigerator, freezer, cabinets, and pantry. Write down any food that has more than 10 grams of sugar per serving. Your goal is to make the majority of your food intake less than 10 grams per serving.

I’ve discovered I have a very small sugar tank. I can’t eat much at all before my body’s alarm system goes off in the form of sinus problems and weight gain. So I rarely mess with sugar.

2. Salt

A mistake I made in the last few months is allowing salt back into my diet. This happened in small, subtle increments – so small that I didn’t even notice.

Unfortunately, this was a serious mistake because it also causes water retention, weight gain, and high blood pressure in me.

So this week, I did a “salt audit” to catch any salt thieves that sneaked into my life unawares. Here are the thieves I found:

• Salad dressings
• Barbecue sauce
• Chicken bouillon
• Onion soup mix
• Corn meal mix
• Chili seasoning mix
• Canned beans and vegetables (get low sodium versions or rinse real good to get the salt off)
• Seasoned rice mixes
• Luncheon meat
• Ham
• Chicken (if injected with broth, sodium, or other “seasoning” solution)
• Pork (if injected with broth, sodium, or other “seasoning” solution)
• Beef (if injected with broth, sodium, or other “seasoning” solution)
• Chicken broth (unless low sodium)
• Spaghetti sauce
• Seasoned rice mixes
• Canned soups (unless low sodium)
• Frozen meals

I got rid of these and will need to find lower sodium alternatives when I go to the grocery store next time. I must start paying better attention to this category.

If you are having difficulty losing weight, then I recommend you also do a salt audit of the foods you are eating.

Salt Audit

Check all food labels in your home. Write down any food that you find in the High sodium category.

  • Low-sodium food: less than 140 milligrams per serving
  • Moderate-sodium food: 140-400 milligrams per serving
  • High-sodium food: more than 400 milligrams per serving

Your goal is to only have low to medium sodium foods in your home, preferably low sodium.

Have fun experimenting with no-salt spice combinations in your cooking to add flavor to your meals.

3. Wheat-based products

You may not have issues with wheat-based products, but I have a sensitivity to foods made with flour – whether wheat or white flour.

My body views them as an irritant and reacts with the same “sinus-clogging – > water retention – > weight gain – > high blood pressure” alarm system as it does with too much sugar and salt in my diet.

So I focus on brown rice, sweet potatoes, and non-gluten grains for carbohydrates rather than flour-based products, like breads and pastas.

Once again, pay attention to how food makes you feel. If a certain food makes you bloat, feel sleepy, or makes your skin itch or break out, then you likely have a sensitivity or allergy to it.

Try eliminating it from your diet for 21 days and see if your symptoms improve. If they do, then you can make an informed choice about replacing it with a better alternative that “plays well” with your unique body chemistry.

I hope these tips have given you new insight into what may be causing your body to hold on to weight.

The smartest thing you can do is to make the majority of your diet foods that God made versus foods that man has processed.

After all, who knows better for what works for your body than the Creator?

If you do the salt or sugar audit I recommend, I would love to hear what you discovered! Please note your findings in the Comments section.

Be blessed in health, healing, and wholeness,

Kimberly Taylor
Author of the ‘Take Back Your Temple’ program

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About the author 

Kimberly Taylor

Kimberly Taylor is a certified Christian life coach and has a heart to help others struggling with emotional eating and weight loss. Once 240 pounds and a size 22, she can testify of God’s goodness and healing power to overcome. She lost 85 pounds as a result of implementing techniques to overcome emotional eating and binge eating disorder.

Kim is the author of "The Take Back Your Temple Program," which teaches Christians how to take control of their weight God's way and the books "The Weight Loss Scriptures" and "The Weight Loss Prayers."

Kim has been featured in Prevention Magazine, Charisma Magazine and on CBN’s 'The 700 Club' television program.

  • Yes! In the last year and a half I had actively cut sugar and grains (flours, corns, wheat, etc) from my diet. These were the two main irritants to my joint issues and allergies. When I finally figured that out, the weight started dropping off as well. It’s all about figuring out what works for your body as the Holy Spirit guides you. In my case, My joints can’t even tolerate too many fruit carbs either. My total carb needs to stay under 50g a day to avoid major aches in my joints. At 36yrs old, I have lots and lots of arthritis and am determined to keep it at bay through healthy choices.

    It’s been a big day today – 63lbs down and my BMI is officially in the “normal” zone. No longer overweight. No longer Obese! I started out in Obese category 1!

    Thank you again for this wonderful ministry. I take all your emails and teachings to heart. With God’s help, I have and will continue to conquer this weight battle for life!

      • Hi Karen – not at all. I can eat any fruit just fine. I think it is because God, in His wisdom, enclosed the sugar in fruits in a fiber matrix. The fiber slows down the sugar release in fruit enough so that our bodies can process it efficiently. However, man decided to remove the fiber from most processed foods, so the sugar is absorbed rapidly, causing all kinds of trouble in ouc bodies.

  • I have recently discovered an issue with sugar! I knew I wasn’t crazy or self diagnosing! I can do sugar in small portions, but just enough at just the right time and I have a sneezing attack! I’ve had allergies all my life. Since I’ve watched my sugar intake (about 2 weeks now) my runny nose has been reduced to almost nothing!

    • I am not surprised at all, Shelley. I knew I was sugar sensitive because it makes me feel “loopy,” but I only connected it to my sinus issues fairly recently. You may also want to Google ‘sugar and immune system’ because there is research that connects how excess sugar suppresses our immune system and makes us more susceptible to colds and flu.

      Congratulations on taking steps to protect and take care of yourself!

  • Thank you Kimberly…for confirming that God has been teaching me these techniques for wire some time. It leaves me feeling loved, cared for….amazing! Have a blessed day!

    • That is an awesome perspective, Rosa! Many people would say, “Woe is me” or feel deprived, but why would you feel deprived by avoiding foods that make you feel sick? I thank God there are plenty of options available that taste good and make you feel good.

      I too feel loved and cared for with better food choices. It’s a win/win all around!

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