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The frustration of seeing extra pounds on the scale or tightening of your favourite cloth that used to fit is dire. But did you know that anything from a hormonal imbalance to vitamin deficiencies to the prescription meds you take can hold clues to what's making you gain weight? We all believe that eating is a major reason for gaining weight and keep saying to obese person to eat less. The fact is that weight gain occurs when you regularly intake more calories than you use through normal bodily functions and physical activity. Many times our lifestyle activities are more responsible than our food for weight gain.
Losing weight means eating fewer calories and burning more energy through physical activity. It sounds simple but problem of obesity is increasing worldwide.
We need to delve a little deeper if without changing our diet much and with same lifestyle, our weight scale is going up.
Late night- Lack of 6-8 hours of sleep.
Some research suggests that a lack of sleep can contribute to weight gain due to late night snacking and change in hormones. The solution is simple: get more sleep. In these modern times, we regard sleep as a waste of time. But sleep is central to good physical and mental health. If you have trouble sleeping, get advice.
Stress or depressed
When life's demands get too intense, our bodies go into survival mode. Cortisol, the "stress hormone," is secreted, which causes an increase in appetite. And of course, we may reach for high-calorie comfort foods in times of stress as well. This combination is a perfect breeding ground for weight gain. Further many anti-depressant medication also cause weight gain. Anti-inflammatory steroid medications like prednisone are notorious for causing weight gain. Fluid retention and increased appetite are the main reasons.
"Exercise helps promote mental wellbeing through the release of endorphins, which help to combat stress," and weight loss.
Missing certain nutrients
Being low in magnesium, iron or having a vitamin D deficiency can compromise your immune system, sap your energy levels, or alter your metabolism in ways that make it harder to take healthy-lifestyle steps. So eat healthy and adopt healthy lifestyles for maintaining your weight.
Don't Blame Menopause
Many a times women do gain some weight around the time of menopause, but hormones probably aren't the only cause. Aging slows your metabolism, so you burn fewer calories. And changes in lifestyle (such as exercising less) play a role. But where you gain weight may be related to menopause, with fat accumulating around your waist more than your hips and thighs. We need to check our diet and exercises during this period.
Your gut is slow
Digestive issues, including slow bowel movements, may also account for excess pounds. In such cases constipation may be your problem. Please read our article on happy stomach-https://www.viecare.in/dailyHealthTips/Constipation--Food-for-thought
You're getting older
Getting older is inevitable but we can avoid gaining weight. The fact is—we don't burn as many calories at 40 or 50 as we used to burn at 20. So we need more exercise—and less food—to keep metabolism going. Some studies show that exercise might be even more important than the diet for long-term weight maintenance."
Avoid buffet especially during dinner. In buffets we tend to eat more and consume more calories. If you find something delicious in a party dinner than skip other high caloric meal like breads, sweets etc. Try variety of salads in buffet.
Always take small portion sizes in plate to avoid intake of more calories.
Drugs That May Cause Weight Gain
Several other prescription drugs are linked to weight gain. The list includes antipsychotic drugs (used to treat disorders like schizophrenia and bipolar disorder), along with medications to treat migraines, seizures, high blood pressure, and diabetes. Work with your doctor to find a medication that treats your symptoms and lessens side effects.
Some of the diseases like hypothyroidism may also lead to weight gain. If your thyroid (the butterfly-shaped gland in the front of your neck) is not making enough thyroid hormone, you're probably feeling tired, weak, and cold, and gaining weight. Without enough thyroid hormone, your metabolism slows, making weight gain more likely. Even a thyroid functioning at the lower end of the normal range might cause weight gain. Treating hypothyroidism with medication may reverse some of the weight gain.
Weight gain is a common symptom of Cushing's syndrome, a condition in which you are exposed to too much of the stress hormone cortisol, which in turn causes weight gain and other abnormalities. You can get Cushing's syndrome if you take steroids for asthma, arthritis, or lupus. It can also happen when your adrenal glands make too much cortisol, or it could be related to a tumor. The weight gain may be most prominent around the face, neck, upper back, or waist.
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)
PCOS is a common hormonal problem in women of childbearing age. Most women with PCOS grow many small cysts on their ovaries. The condition leads to hormone imbalances that affect a woman's menstrual cycle and can lead to extra body hair and acne. Women with this condition are resistant to insulin (the hormone that controls blood sugar), so it may cause weight gain. The weight tends to collect around the belly, putting these women at greater risk for heart disease.
Quitting smoking is one of the best things you can do for your health. When you quit, you may gain some weight, but perhaps less than you think. On average, people who stop smoking gain less than 10 pounds. You should stop feeling hungrier after several weeks, which will make it easier to help lose any weight you gained.