10 Odd Reasons Why You Might Be Gaining Weight

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Gaining weight is easier than losing unwanted pounds and is one of the common complaints of both men and women. In fact, even those who engage in month-long workouts in a gym can still experience weight gain.

It’s because there are several factors that influence weight. Your habits can negatively impact your efforts of losing weight. Medication side effects and hormone imbalances are just a few things that can cause weight gain. 

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If you’re noticing that you’re gaining weight, you should be aware of the following possible reasons:

1. Digestive issues

Minor digestive problems like slow bowel movements can cause extra pounds. If your bowel movement is not regular, there’s a chance that your gut lacks good flora. Digestive issues may also be caused by low fiber, dehydration, and certain medications.

To prevent gaining weight, the best thing to do is address the symptoms of digestive problems. The key is to keep your digestive tract healthy by eating foods rich in fiber and staying hydrated.

If fixing the symptoms doesn’t work, it’s about time to consult your doctor. This way, the root cause of gaining weight will be ruled out.

2. Lack of specific nutrients

If your body lacks certain nutrients, it may cause weight gain. It’s because a nutrient deficiency can lead to health problems such as hypothyroidism or insulin resistance. Your metabolism is also compromised if you lack the right amount of iron, magnesium and vitamin D in your body.

To correct the nutrient deficiency, you must ask help from your health care provider. This will help you know how to move forward such as if it would be beneficial to take supplements.

3. Cushing’s syndrome

Cushing’s syndrome is associated with gaining weight. It is manifested by an imbalance of fat distribution throughout your body. Anyone who is experiencing Cushing’s syndrome can notice that more fat is stocked in the mid part of your body. But, your legs and arms look slenderer. 

If you're suspecting that the cause of gaining weight is not attributed to lack of exercise, medications and eating habits, you should check with your doctor about Cushing's syndrome.

4. Air conditioning unit

The temperature inside your house also affects weight gain. If the temperature is cool, there’s a tendency that you may eat more, but the number of calories burned decreases. Thus, if you want to lose weight you should avoid keeping your air conditioner at a low temperature. Likewise, it’s also important to keep your body active to burn calories.

5. Stressful job

The nature of your job can also be the reason why your waistline is expanding. If a person is stressed, triglycerides are produced in the visceral fat cells, thus producing belly fat. To avoid gaining weight due to a stressful job, you must know the right foods to eat to combat stress and put other stress preventatives in place.

6. Wrong medications

Taking medications like birth control pills, beta-blockers, steroids and many others can also cause weight gain. Some medications can also affect your metabolism or appetite.

That’s why if you’re concerned about your weight and if your medication affects your waistline, the best thing to do is to discuss your concern with your doctor and look for an alternative.

7. Daily soda intake.

A study about obesity revealed that daily intake of soda and other drinks with artificial sweeteners is associated with weight gain. It’s because artificial sweeteners can trigger your cravings for high-calorie food.

If you’re craving sweets, the best way to oblige is to make ice cubes of pure fruit juice and add them into a glass of ice tea. The fruit ice cubes won’t only sweeten your drink, but it’ll also add antioxidants and healthy vitamins.

8. Age

Age is also linked to weight gain. The metabolism of older individuals slows down and decreases calories burned. Portion control and exercise can improve metabolism.

Likewise, to burn calories efficiently, older people must eat lean protein. You can also avoid unwanted pounds by reducing carb intake and eating low-fat proteins.

9. Traveling for work

Most people who travel for work have a greater chance of gaining weight. Long hours of inactivity while traveling and unhealthy food choices on the road can make you gain weight.

To avoid the risk of gaining weight while traveling for work, you should bring along a portable cooler that is filled with fresh-cut vegetables and fruits.

You can also bring healthy snacks like yogurt, sandwiches, and nuts. It’s also a must to bring a pair of sneakers so that you can workout in the hotel gym.   

10. Depression

Taking medication for depression can also cause weight gain. People taking antidepressants experience food cravings — particularly carbohydrates. Some medications also increase appetite and negatively affects metabolism.

Depression makes an individual disinterested in food. But, if the antidepressant is effective, it helps in regaining the appetite and can result in overeating.

Different people may show different reactions to various ways to curb weight gain. Thinking about those odd reasons discussed above can help make your weight loss efforts successful.

Tell us in the comments, did any of these suggestions help you get to the root of your weight gain so that you can move forward in a positive and healthy direction?


Mounota Rahman is a dietitian and passionate blogger. She is seeking to expand her experience in food and nutrition and to enhance her skills and competencies to help others benefit from her expertise and experience. Find more from her here. Follow on Twitter here.

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