Are You a Ticking Time Bomb? What is Metabolic Syndrome?

Are You a Ticking Time Bomb? What is Metabolic Syndrome?

Dangers of Metabolic Syndrome. The most suspenseful part of a movie is watching that timer countdown toward zero to see if that bomb blows up or if explosions are avoided.  Are you a time bomb ticking toward Metabolic Syndrome?

February 12, 2021 — Dr. Jason Olafsson
5 Mental Health Conditions That May Affect Your Weight

5 Mental Health Conditions That May Affect Your Weight

We often think of the mind and body as two separate entities when, in reality, they are interconnected. Your body reacts to your thoughts, feelings, and actions just as your mind responds to bodily sensations. Thus, changes in your mental state can affect your physical state and vice versa. Certain mental health disorders, for example, can cause sudden weight loss or weight gain. Here, our clinic discusses five such conditions as well as tips for weight management.

Mental Health & Weight Changes

1. Depression

Besides hopelessness and guilt, appetite changes are one of the main symptoms of depression. The condition causes some to overeat while some do not feel hungry at all. Thus, it can cause substantial changes in weight. Antidepressants like PAXIL® can also cause weight gain, making daily exercise a priority.

2. Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar disorder causes alternating periods of depression and elation or mania. It too is a mood disorder, meaning it shares characteristics with major depression. People with bipolar disorder may overeat during times of mania. The mood stabilizers, antipsychotics, and antidepressants used to treat this condition can also cause weight gain. Luckily, working with a weight management specialist can help individuals trim their waistlines and find healthier ways to cope with emotions.

3. Anxiety

Anxiety engages the body’s sympathetic nervous system, triggering the release of cortisol. This hormone boosts blood sugar levels and can cause nausea and gastrointestinal distress. As a result, people with anxiety may avoid food, especially in times of high stress.

4. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

One develops post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after experiencing trauma or being under severe stress. Thus, much like anxiety, it alters the body’s cortisol levels. At certain quantities, this hormone causes cravings for sugary and fatty foods. It also encourages weight gain specifically in the stomach or torso.

5. Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a condition in which a person gets caught in a cycle of obsessions and compulsions, usually in response to a trigger. OCD is often

treated with antidepressants which, as previously mentioned, can lead to weight loss or weight gain. It is important to note, though, that obsessions and compulsions regarding the fear of gaining weight are classified as eating disorders, not OCD.

If you have any of the above conditions, please seek medical attention. Your primary care doctor can refer you to a specialist who will provide a formal diagnosis and develop a personalized treatment plan. Then, for weight changes as a result of your condition or its treatment, call Custom Health Centers at (844) 789-8446. Our nutrition experts will create a 60-day custom weight management program to help you feel your best.

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Dr. Jason Olafsson D.C.

Founder & CEO
Doctor of Chiropractic
Life University


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February 12, 2021 — Dr. Jason Olafsson
5 Surprising Causes of Weight Gain

5 Surprising Causes of Weight Gain

In theory, a well-rounded diet and regular exercise should be all you need to lose weight. However, there are a variety of behaviors and physiological factors and that can inadvertently hinder your progress, causing you to pack on unwanted pounds. Here are just five examples our health coaches think you should be aware of.

Surprising Causes of Weight Gain

1. Prolonged Stress

Stress affects your health in many ways. It can cause headaches, muscle pain, and even stomach upset. Over time, it can also lead to weight gain. That’s because stress triggers the production of cortisol, a hormone shown to increase appetite and trigger cravings for fatty foods. Similarly, stress makes it harder to fall and stay asleep. When you’re tired, you’re less likely to exercise and more likely to reach for sugary beverages or high-calorie comfort foods. Thus, stress management and ample rest are both cornerstones of healthy weight loss.

2. “Diet” Foods

Just because a food has “diet” in the name doesn’t mean it’s healthy. Diet sodas, for example, contain artificial sweeteners that—while they contain few calories—have been shown to increase cravings, leading to long-term weight gain. Likewise, many “low-fat” foods like yogurt and salad dressing are overly processed and high in sugar. We recommend incorporating more healthy fats into your meals instead.

3. Thoughtless Eating

Sometimes it’s not about what you’re eating but how you’re eating it. Eating from large plates and bowls and having meals in front of the TV, for example, both increase how much a person eats in one sitting. To combat weight gain, we recommend mindful eating, meaning eating slowly and without distraction.

4. Prescription Medications

An estimated 10% to 15% of weight issues are related to prescription medications. Some drugs increase your appetite while others slow your metabolism, making it harder to trim your waistline. You should never stop taking a medication because it causes you to gain weight, though. Talk to your primary care provider about switching to a new treatment plan. Also, work with our health coaches to develop a customized diet and exercise plan that promotes weight loss.

5. Environmental Contaminants

Many plastic food and beverage containers include artificial chemicals called obesogens. These compounds are endocrine disrupters, meaning they interrupt the absorption of hormones—especially estrogen. In turn, this hormonal imbalance can slow your metabolism. Avoid food items that have been stored in plastic containers and use alternatives like steel and aluminum whenever possible. Also, be mindful of other factors that cause hormonal imbalances including menopause, anorexia, and lactation.

Understanding how these factors affect your waistline will help you make the most of your weight loss journey. For more nutrition tips, visit our health library. You can also call our health coaches at (844) 789-8446 to receive your 60-day customized diet and exercise plan.


Dr. Jason Olafsson D.C.

Founder & CEO
Doctor of Chiropractic
Life University


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February 10, 2021 — Dr. Jason Olafsson
5 Factors You Didn’t Know Contribute to Weight Gain

5 Factors You Didn’t Know Contribute to Weight Gain

In theory, a well-rounded diet and regular exercise should be all you need to lose weight. However, there are a variety of behaviors and physiological factors and that can inadvertently hinder your progress, causing you to pack on unwanted pounds. Here are just five examples our health coaches think you should be aware of.

Surprising Causes of Weight Gain

1. Prolonged Stress

Stress affects your health in many ways. It can cause headaches, muscle pain, and even stomach upset. Over time, it can also lead to weight gain. That’s because stress triggers the production of cortisol, a hormone shown to increase appetite and trigger cravings for fatty foods. Similarly, stress makes it harder to fall and stay asleep. When you’re tired, you’re less likely to exercise and more likely to reach for sugary beverages or high-calorie comfort foods. Thus, stress management and ample rest are both cornerstones of healthy weight loss.

2. “Diet” Foods

Just because a food has “diet” in the name doesn’t mean it’s healthy. Diet sodas, for example, contain artificial sweeteners that—while they contain few calories—have been shown to increase cravings, leading to long-term weight gain. Likewise, many “low-fat” foods like yogurt and salad dressing are overly processed and high in sugar. We recommend incorporating more healthy fats into your meals instead.

3. Thoughtless Eating

Sometimes it’s not about what you’re eating but how you’re eating it. Eating from large plates and bowls and having meals in front of the TV, for example, both increase how much a person eats in one sitting. To combat weight gain, we recommend mindful eating, meaning eating slowly and without distraction.

4. Prescription Medications

An estimated 10% to 15% of weight issues are related to prescription medications. Some drugs increase your appetite while others slow your metabolism, making it harder to trim your waistline. You should never stop taking a medication because it causes you to gain weight, though. Talk to your primary care provider about switching to a new treatment plan. Also, work with our health coaches to develop a customized diet and exercise plan that promotes weight loss.

5. Environmental Contaminants

Many plastic food and beverage containers include artificial chemicals called obesogens. These compounds are endocrine disrupters, meaning they interrupt the absorption of hormones—especially estrogen. In turn, this hormonal imbalance can slow your metabolism. Avoid food items that have been stored in plastic containers and use alternatives like steel and aluminum whenever possible. Also, be mindful of other factors that cause hormonal imbalances including menopause, anorexia, and lactation.

Understanding how these factors affect your waistline will help you make the most of your weight loss journey. For more nutrition tips, visit our health library. You can also call our health coaches at (844) 789-8446 to receive your 60-day customized diet and exercise plan.


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February 09, 2021 — Dr. Jason Olafsson
Tags: Weight Gain