Weight gain happens when we take in more calories and do less physical activities. If you change these bad habits, going less on calories and spending more time in exercise for quite some time yet you notice that your weight continues to escalate then there are other reasons why you are adding pounds than usual.

Learn the other factors that contribute to your weight gain.

  1. Lifestyle habits may cause weight gain. See if you are guilty of the following:
  • Stopped Smoking

According to 2012 study, people who cease smoking gain about four to five kilos to their weight. Why?  First, whenever you stopped smoking, you may feel increased hunger pangs that lead to overeating. Nicotine increases metabolism but many people do not reduce their calorie intake to compensate for the slowdown after they quit the bad habit.  Lastly, since nicotine dulls your taste buds, kicking the habit tends you to savor the food better, resulting to overindulgence.

  • Lack of sleep

If you are still awake at the wee hours of the day, the odds are greater that you will eat some late night snack that will add to your calorie intake. If you are sleep deprived, changes in hormone levels increase hunger and appetite and make you feel less full after eating.

  • Stress

When stress hits you, you secrete the hormone, cortisol that causes an increase in appetite. This signals you to reach for high calorie comfort foods in times of stress, causing you to gain weight in no time.

  1. Hormone changes may lead you to add more pounds. Here are some hormonal conditions that contribute to weight gain
  • Hypothyroidism

If you feel weak, tired, cold and gaining weight, your thyroid does not make enough thyroid hormone. Insufficient thyroid hormone results to slow metabolism; thus, weight gain. Likewise, thyroid functioning at the lower end of the normal range adds pounds.

  • Menopause

Once you hit menopause, age contributes to slow metabolism and decreased muscle mass, burning fewer calories. Lifestyle changes also play an important role in weight gain. If fat accumulates around your waist not around your hips and thighs, your weight gain associates to menopause.

  • Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)

This hormone problem is common among women of childbearing age. Women with this condition are resistant to insulin that may cause weight gain. The weight tends to gravitate to the abdomen, putting these women at higher risk of heart disease.

  • Cushing’s syndrome

Weight gain is a common symptom of Cushing syndrome, a condition that exposes you to too much cortisol hormone. Exposure to this stress hormone causes weight gain and other abnormalities. Cushing syndrome can happen if you take corticosteroid for conditions like asthma, arthritis or lupus. It can also occur when your adrenal glands produce too much of the hormone. The weight gain may be prominent on areas such as neck, face, upper back or waist.

 

  1. The medications you are taking can be a culprit for your added pounds. Check if you are taking the following medicines:
  • Antidepressants

The sad fact about taking some antidepressants is its side effect – weight gain. This side effect may occur in up to 25 percent of people who take these medications for long-term. If you found that that this the reason of your weight gain, discuss with your doctor about the possibility of switching you to a different drug.

  • Corticosteroids

These anti-inflammatory steroid medications can cause you to adding pounds due to fluid retention and increased appetite. The severity of this side effect of corticosteroids depends on the dosage strength as well as the length of time you have taking the medicine. When you take this drug, you will notice redistribution of fat to other parts of the body like the face, back of the neck or abdomen. Consult with your physician if you are bothered by the side effects of corticosteroids.

  • Other prescribed medications

Other several prescription drugs are associated with weight gain. The following medications include antipsychotic drugs, as well as treatment for migraine, seizures, high blood pressure and diabetes.  Check with your physician what kind of medication that suits your condition without causing disrupting side effects like weight gain.

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