Weight gain can be due to many different reasons. It is not only due to over eating or lack of exercise. Sometimes it can be due to hormonal imbalance, side effects of some pills, or some disorder.
Whether it’s hormonal, a medication side effect, or something else, one needs to consult a proper dietician or doctor to know the exact reason.
Here is a list of few small things which can lead to weight gain if proper care not taken-
– Do you know a bad night sleep can lead to weight gain too? Missing out on a good night’s sleep can leave us feeling grumpy and anxious, and may smother all our weight loss efforts. Some hormones are produced when we are sleeping and lack of sleep can disturb this balance. We end up feeling hungry which leads to weight gain. Try to eat early and do regular exercise to sleep better.
If we are stressed or unhappy, our body produces some hormones which lead to weight gain. It is called ‘cortisol’ which can make you crave junk food. Cortisol is also called ‘stress hormone’ as it is produced in stress and suppresses the production of insulin leading to the availability of glucose immediately. All this leads to more hunger and craving and ultimately weight gain. To avoid this, relax and stay calm, try meditation, exercise, and yoga to manage stress.
With age, our metabolism also decreases and there are more chances of weight gain. But do you know some people gain but some people do not gain with age? Reason- We reduce our exercise time and move less than we used to and this leads to piling up of calories. Also, metabolic rate slows down and we lose muscle mass more than earlier. So, there is a need to eat fewer calories comparatively but if you are still eating the same amount of calories, it can lead to weight gain. Stay active and eat healthily is the mantra.
There are a lot of medications that can lead to weight gain. Consult your doctor on side effects and avoid taking anything which is not needed or compulsory for you. Some medications can cause a craving for carbohydrates leading to weight gain. Sometimes changing a medication can also help as some medicines are more likely to cause weight gain.
Do you know drinking less water can also cause weight gain? Don’t be dehydrated and drink at least 8 glasses of water. Many people do not drink enough water in a day and we forget that all our body systems in your depend on water. Water helps to flushes toxins out and carries nutrients and provide moisturisation. Lack of water can lead to dehydration which can cause a problem in losing fat, slows down metabolism and can ultimately lead to weight gain.
So, sleep more, stay happy, drink more water and avoid stress and any unwanted medications. Do you think any such factor is causing you to gain weight?
October 25, 2016 at 9:31 pm
No wonder! All the five points are reasons why I put on weight. Gee, now I can at least console myself! 🙂
October 25, 2016 at 10:12 pm
Haha..shalini just stay active and eat healthy ..Thanks for reading 🙂
October 26, 2016 at 2:10 am
sleep deprivation for me..trying to sleep ..
nice pointers Deepa, very useful indeed
October 26, 2016 at 8:02 am
Try to read something before sleeping or workout during the day avoid taking a longer nap in the day. Thanks Menaka..glad you liked it 🙂
October 26, 2016 at 8:22 am
I love this, Deepa! Simple and very useful. most people don’t realise that all of these affect your numbers on the weighing scale at one time or the other.
October 26, 2016 at 9:40 am
Agree Mayuri..Thanks a lot for stopping by 🙂
October 26, 2016 at 9:51 am
You brought up all the useful posts
Water one is the reason I get weight at my own and stress :/ it is 27*7
Will work on this one
October 26, 2016 at 11:25 am
Thanks Dixita ..don’t take stress and relax 🙂
October 26, 2016 at 11:44 am
Its really an eye opener, I have started putting on weight due to stress after i left my job, being jobless is psychologically effecting my health and other routine habits . I am hence looking for Work-from-Home jobs or freelance work to keep myself occupied
October 26, 2016 at 2:55 pm
Yes Kiran..stress can lead to weight gain. SO if you are not really working, its really important to keep yourself busy. And yes, WFH option is good. Thanks for stopping by 🙂
October 26, 2016 at 11:38 pm
I need to keep track of sleep and stress! Thanks for such an informative post!
October 27, 2016 at 8:35 am
Thanks Reema ..glad you liked it 🙂
August 30, 2017 at 11:07 pm
Yeah, I hate that dang age/metabolism one. I miss being able to eat whatever I want and not gain weight!
August 31, 2017 at 8:10 am
August 31, 2017 at 11:54 am
I think I should definitely sleep more and worry less. Great post!
August 31, 2017 at 4:27 pm
August 31, 2017 at 6:06 pm
Great tips to stay healthy and live well.Stress and lack of sleep are big culprits in this.
August 31, 2017 at 7:46 pm
August 31, 2017 at 6:35 pm
I didn’t know sleep deprivation and age contributed to weight gain. Thanks for sharing.
August 31, 2017 at 7:47 pm
August 31, 2017 at 7:04 pm
I never knew that these causes weight gain, but I guess that makes sense. I know for me my weight gain has always been tied to what I eat. Once I realized I had serious sensitivities to gluten, and stopped eating it, my weight equalized.
August 31, 2017 at 7:48 pm
Yes Gluten allergy also causes problems. Thanks.
September 1, 2017 at 1:31 am
I recently found out about the water intake. It does affect weight and skin.
September 1, 2017 at 7:47 am
September 2, 2017 at 5:46 am
Great tips! Stress and sleep deprivation are big factors indeed. I try to eat better quality food too, that matters in keeping the weight in check.
September 2, 2017 at 9:38 am