You wouldn't be astonished if the numbers on the scale climbed higher if you began eating more calories than normal or reduced your workout. But what if you're doing everything you've always done and your weight continues to rise? It's time to go a little deeper into the situation to see what else is going on.
1. Sleep deprivation
Sleep and weight gain are two difficulties that arise during work. For starters, staying up late increases your chances of late-night munching, which means extra calories. The other explanation has to do with what happens in your body when you don't get enough sleep. Hormonal changes enhance hunger and appetite while also making you feel less full after eating.
Our bodies move into emergency mode when life's demands become too great. The "stress hormone," cortisol, is released, causing an increase in hunger. In addition, we may opt for high-calorie comfort foods when we are stressed. This combination creates an ideal environment for weight gain.
Weight gain is an undesirable side effect of certain medications. If you believe your antidepressant is triggering weight gain, talk to your doctor about changing your treatment plan. However, you should never stop taking or adjust your medicine on your own. Recognize that some people gain weight after starting drug therapy simply because they are feeling better, which causes them to eat more. Depression can also lead to weight gain or loss.
4. Anabolic steroids
Prednisone and other anti-inflammatory steroid drugs are infamous for inducing weight gain. The main causes are fluid accumulation and an increase in hunger. While taking steroids, some people may notice a transient shift in where their body stores fat, such as the face, belly, or back of the neck. Don't quit taking steroids suddenly if you've been on them for more than a week. This can result in major issues. Consult your physician beforehand.
5. Drugs That Could Make You Gain Weight
A number of additional prescription medications have been connected to weight gain. Antipsychotic pharmaceuticals (used to treat diseases like schizophrenia and bipolar disorder), as well as migraine, seizure, hypertension, and diabetic medications, are on the list. Consult your doctor to locate a drug that will relieve your symptoms while also reducing adverse effects.
6. Don't Blame the Pill Right Away
Contrary to popular assumption, estrogen and progestin-containing birth control pills have not been shown to promote long-term weight gain. It's considered that some women who take the combination pill may gain weight due to fluid accumulation, but this is usually only temporary. If you're still worried about gaining weight, speak with your doctor.
You're probably fatigued, weak, and cold, and you're putting on weight if your thyroid (the butterfly-shaped gland on front of the neck) isn't producing enough thyroid hormone. Your metabolism slows when you don't have enough thyroid hormone, making weight gain more prevalent. Weight gain can occur even if the thyroid is functioning at the lower end of that scale range. Some of the weight gain may be reversed if hypothyroidism is treated with medication.
8. Never Blame Menopause
Although most women gain weight during menopause, hormones are unlikely to be the sole explanation. Your metabolism slows as you become older, so you burn less calories. Changing lifestyle (such as less exercise) also play a part. However, menopause may affect where you acquire weight, with fat collecting around your waist rather than your hips and thighs.
9. Giving Up smoking
One of the most beneficial things you could do for your health is to stop smoking. When you stop smoking, you may gain weight, but not as much as you think. People who quit smoking gain fewer than 10 pounds on average. After a few weeks, you should cease feeling hungry, making it easier to reduce whatever weight you've gained.
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