I'm 29, 5'6, and during most of my life I have been on average 130 pounds. I have had depression, and what I believe is an abnormal metabolism - I could eat anything I want and not gain a pound. Even with strict exercise and diet. I've been in sports all my life, and I've noticed that the physical load never got any easier.
Years ago, I was on a strict weight lifting program of 3 days a week. I'd consume massive amounts of food and protein past my appetite, which was the only way I was gaining. The highest I got during lifting, was 160. If I'd miss one meal, I'd be 2 pounds less the next day. After I stopped, my weight quickly dropped back to 135-140 range.
Right now I am 171.5. The only thing different I have been doing is drinking kefir whole milk. I've read lots about kefir, and I've found nothing that mentions weight gain, only weight loss. Is it possible that kefir has balanced out my metabolism?
The weight is very rapid. Last year I was 135, in November. I was shocked once I hit 160 (my all time high) then today I step on the scale and I'm over 170. I fear I'll be 180 in a few weeks. I've always wanted to put on weight, but this is a bit scary. My health has always been perfect. I've always been very muscular and strong for my size too. I seem to build muscle quite rapidly in my chest and shoulders especially. I don't eat a lot, and it's all healthy (whole grain, no processed sugar). I am quite active too. I run up the stairs barefooted many times a day because I just can't sit still.
Any ideas what this could be? Thank you.
Also, I have had my thyroid checked and the results were fine.
It's true that we gain weight when we eat more than we can burn off. But this conventional diet wisdom does not always hold true. Weight gain can also be caused by health conditions such as hypothyroidism, food sensitivity, Cushing's syndrome, organ disease, prescription drug use, anxiety, blood sugar imbalance, and essential fatty acid deficiency.
Kefir helps you break down your food more efficiently so it can be utilized by the body. It sounds like your food was just going straight through you before. I recommend you eat more fresh fruits & vegetables as the body will not store these foods as fat. Are you gaining fat or muscle? If you are gaining muscle and your tissues are becoming fuller & healthier. then the kefir is helping your body normalize. If you are gaining fat then you need to cut back on refined processed foods.
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