Five Reasons You Gain Weight -- and Not One is Food!

Think Christmas cookies are the reason for holiday weight gain? Think again! The Doctors reveal five reasons why you pack on the pounds … and none of them are food.

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Bonus Reason: The Color of Your Kitchen
Ever notice how many fast food restaurants use the colors red, yellow and orange in their décor? That’s because studies show these colors are associated with hunger. However, studies also show the color blue may help quell your cravings.

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Try using blue plates, napkins or flatware to benefit from blue’s anti-hunger effects.

Reason 3: Not Eating
Amber, 30, admits that she’s a crash dieter, always looking for a quick weight-loss fix.

“My regular regimen would be a cereal bar for breakfast, and, with my crazy schedule, I’ll go until the evening without eating anything during the day,” Amber says.

E.R. physician Dr. Travis Stork says that crash diets do not work, as people always put the weight back on.

Dr. Travis demonstrates why effective weight loss involves calories in vs. calories out.

“When we don’t feed ourselves, our bodies go into panic mode,” Dr. Travis says.

Amber asks how she can get enough nutrition throughout the day while running her busy schedule.

Dr. Travis says he takes a bag of mixed nuts with him wherever he goes to maintain his metabolism.

“More than 120,000 people were studied over 20 years [for diet and weight loss], and the two foods most associated with weight loss were found to be yogurt and nuts,” Dr. Travis adds.

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Reason 2: Your Workout
Candis, a mother of four, says she works out regularly and eats right, but can’t seem to get rid of her belly fat. She asks The Doctors what she’s doing wrong.

Calculate Your BMR

To find out the right number of calories in vs. calories out to reach your fitness goal, calculate your basal metabolic rate (BMR) by plugging your information into this formula:

BMR = 655 + (4.35 x weight in pounds) +
(4.7 x height in inches) - (4.7 x age in years)

BMR = 66 + (6.23 x weight in pounds) +
(12.7 x height in inches) - (6.8 x age in year)

“As we start to get older, we see that it’s really hard to lose weight in these areas where it used to not be an issue,” OB/GYN Dr. Lisa Masteron says. “Many women blame birth control or hormones, but it’s usually about the types of exercises you’re doing.

“You may need to target trouble areas with weight training,” Dr. Lisa adds. “Though a lot of women are afraid they’ll bulk up.”

Health and wellness expert Jillian Michaels squashes the myth that women who weight train develop large, bulky muscles.

“For women, weight training is great because it maintains our muscle mass and boosts our fat-burning hormones,” Jillian says.

If you’re experiencing a weight-loss plateau, try combining weight training with your cardio routine to strengthen muscles and burn fat more effectively.

Dr. Travis says that any unexplained weight gain and loss of energy should be checked by a doctor, as it could be thyroid hormone levels.

Reason 1: Liposuction
Many may think liposuction is a permanent fix for weight gain; however, it can have the opposite effect.

Your body has a set number of fat cells. When you gain weight, the fat cells you already have get larger – up to six times their size. Liposuction is a body-contouring procedure that improves the appearance of certain areas by removing fat cells through an instrument called a cannula. The surgery results in fewer fat cells in the treated area. However, if you don’t keep up with regular diet and exercise, you risk gaining weight in untreated areas.

“I’ve performed thousands of [liposuction surgeries] since the 1980s,” plastic surgeon Dr. Drew Ordon says. “It’s a great operation, but it’s not an operation meant for weight loss. It’s an operation to lose inches and figure faults that are resistant to diet and exercise.”

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OAD 11/30/11