Let’s talk about, one of the most common problems faced today is Weight Gain. People are running behind a quick solution and spend lots of money on therapies, surgeries, dieting, medication etc. in order to trim down the weight gained.
Let’s search and explore the problem and several different reasons for weight gain.
Before going further with this topics, I would like to tell you-
“ Even if you have more than normal weight. Don’t be ashamed, feel happy about yourself. Cause you are one of the cutie pies and definitely beautiful.”
I would love to get a photograph of all the beautiful men and women in my comment section, who are looking forward to losing their weight. I personally find many fat people extremely adorable and cute. In fact, I am dying to gain weight. I have seen many articles, where people have just hurried to lose weight and lost so much, that they have started looking “not so good”. The sudden and quick loss is also not good for health.
So coming to the topic, let’s discuss
Reasons for Weight Gain
- Stress Causes Weight Gain
- wrong medication
- Digestion issues
- Body is missing certain nutrients
- Ageing causes Weight gain
- Musculoskeletal conditions
- Hormonal Changes
- Certain medication or medical condition
- Fluid retention
- Cushing’s Syndrome
First try to find and analyse, what is the reason because of which you have gained weight. In fact, have you gained weight suddenly? Or it was a slow process? Or it has been since you were born?
Few weight gains can be simply treated by changing your lifestyle or eating habits. Few can be treated with some operations or medications and few can never be treated.You should never go to every tom-dick and harry for weight loss and keep on making a fool of yourself. First, understand the cost involved, time involved and are you ready for such change or not? And how much weight, you exactly want to lose.
1. Stress Causes Weight Gain
It is very common to feel stressed out or get depressed nowadays, due to the fast running life and high expectations with self and others. People either start taking medication or just there eating pattern changes due to this. In either case, you can easily see a weight gain of 2-7 kgs. And such gain continues gradually over the coming years.
How to control stress?
If you are taking an anti-depressant, would advise you to slow down on medication and slowly stop it. It was found in a 2010 study published in the American Journal of Public Health, that people who feel sad and lonely gain weight more quickly than those who report fewer depression-related symptoms. They may be eating food with high fats, calories e.g ice cream.
We can advise you work out if you think meditation I not responsible. Try to be with a support group, close friends, attend seminars which interest you. You can also think of getting a pet- starting from fish, birds, cats, dogs etc. They actually help in realising stress.
You can consciously choose food, which helps in getting rid of stress. To name few foods, they are Asparagus, Avocado (Butter fruit), Blueberries, a glass of warm milk, Almonds, Oranges, Salmon, Spinach, Oatmeal etc.
You can choose to spray essential oil like lavender, orange, rose, ylang-ylang, vetiver, bergamot etc. in your room. Or get a head massage with the inclusion of these oils.
2. Wrong medication leads to Weight Gain
There is a long list of medications that can cause weight gain
- Birth control pills
- Excess hormones for hormone therapy
- beta-blockers for heart disease and blood pressure
- Anti-seizure meds
- Breast cancer medications like Tamoxifen
- Rheumatoid arthritis medication
- A migraine and heartburn medications
How to Control Weight Gain from Wrong Medication?
If you think, this is the cause of your weight gain. Simply visit the doctor and ask for alternative treatment which does not have that side effects.
3. Digestion issues causes Weight Gain
A good digestion is when you eat and in an hour or so you have bowel movements. And ones or twice a day it’s healthy. But if its irregular, or signs of dehydration, medications, low fibre intake or even lack of good flora in your system could be blamed.
How to Control Weight Gain from Digestion Related Issues?
Try probiotics. Stay hydrated i.e., drink lot of water, juices. Increase your fibre intake either through natural source or if required fibre powder like Metamucil(with water). If still there is a problem, visit your doctor to find exact reason.
4 Lack of Nutrition Causes Weight Gain
Yes, certain missing nutrients can be responsible for excess fat and weight gain. Low magnesium, low iron, vitamin D deficiency can compromise your immune system., bring down your energy levels and alter your lifestyle in such a way that you are not able to lead healthy life style.
How to Control Weight Gain with Proper Nutrition?
Due to low vitamin D, resulting in low energy you may start consuming caffeine, sugar etc. So its very imp. To know that is Vitamin D level in your system. You may be consuming enough vitamin D but other factors are not allowing its absorption in your system. If Vitamin D is less try being particular about drinking milk, get enough morning sunlight, take Vitamin D tablets. But make sure you don’t overdo, as excess Vitamin D can result in kidney stone.
For low magnesium eat almonds, spinach, black beans, Yogurt etc. For Low iron, you can eat dark green leafy vegetables like Methi, Spinach, Brussel sprouts, dried peach, raisins etc
5. Ageing Causes Weight Gain
Now that is a natural human body process. Wherein body metabolism gets slow and you gain weight.
How to Control Weight Gain?
The only answer for this is if still you are not in that age but are scared of weight due to age- start exercising now itself. But if in case, you have reached that line then only light exercise and low-calorie food can help you.
6. Musculoskeletal conditions leads to Weight Gain
Musculoskeletal conditions like plantar fasciitis, osteoarthritis, knee/hip pain, can result in unintentional weight gain. These things can certainly force you to cut on your activities leading to weight gain.
How to Control Weight Gain from Musculoskeletal conditions ?
Only solution is to modify your exercising techniques. Like you can opt for biking, swimming etc rather than weight lifting. Get a good therapist.
7. Pregnancy and Weight Gain
Congrats. Definitely, nothing to worry. Keep on gaining and enjoy.
8. Hormonal Changes causes Weight Gain
Hormonal changes occur during Menopause, PMS (Premenstrual Syndrome) etc., may lead to weight gain, especially in women.
How to control Weight Gain from Hormonal changes?
Menopause results in periodic weight gain, so there is nothing to worry about it.
PMS may result in unintentional weight gain, cause hormonal changes results in stress, depression, anxiety etc. Hence being prepared for it will help a lot. And you can refer to depression section to take other measures.
Any hormonal changes, as in directly is not responsible but the resultants effects as discussed stress, anxiety etc are the reason for weight gain. So don’t get scared just tackle it in the right way.hn
9. You are on certain medication or medical condition
Medications like Diabetics Treatment, Underactive Thyroid, Steroid Treatments, Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), Obesity etc.
How to control weight gain from medication for a special purpose?
Weight gain is a common side effect for people who take insulin to manage their diabetes. Insulin helps to control your blood sugar level. Some people with longstanding diabetes tend to eat more than they need to prevent low blood sugar, also known as a “hypo”. Control is only possible by first identifying which type of Diabetes condition you have and going for a specific course then. Ex.type 1 Diabetes has courses like DESMOND and for type 2 there are courses like DAFNE etc.
Underactive Thyroid doesn’t play a major role in weight gain as believed. This condition just means that your body is not producing enough thyroid hormones, which play a central role in regulating your metabolism. So again the answer is food habits and exercise can help. Or using daily hormone-replacement tablets, called levothyroxine.
Steroid treatments are used to treat conditions like asthma, arthritis etc using steroids like corticosteroid. Such steroids tend to increase your appetite in the longer run. The only solution is to watch your diet.
Women with PCOS typically put on weight around their waist. The more weight you put on, the more insulin you produce, which can cause further weight gain. Weight loss through dietary changes and exercise, and in some cases medication such as orlistat will help.
People with Obesity finds it really tough to lose weight. Probable solutions advised by all are surgery. But we have seen cases where the client was so much motivated to lose that they forcefully and religiously followed healthy lifestyle and exercise routine that within a year or more they started seeing the difference.
10) Fluid retention causes Weight Gain
It’s not always fat that add on to weight but also the weight of water/fluid inside your body. Familiar to most women from premenstrual symptoms. If you push a fingertip into your skin and it leaves a real indentation rather than springing back, that’s a tip-off that it’s fluid, not fat. Other symptoms include
- Shortness of breath (congestive heart disease)
- Decreased urine output
- Loss of appetite (kidney failure)
- Increased abdominal girth even without weight gain, for both. Liver disease and certain cancers can cause abnormal fluid accumulation in the abdomen as well.
How to Control Fluid Retention in Body?
Push to the doctor at earliest.
11 Cushing’s Syndrome and Weight Gain
This is last in list cause it affects only 15 in a million. Weight gain accompanied by high blood pressure, osteoporosis, and changes in your skin tone and quality, including purple or silvery stretch marks on your abdomen and ruddy cheeks, could be a sign that your body isn’t processing nutrients the way it should, due to a cortisol-producing tumor on one of your adrenal glands.
How to Control Cushing’s Syndrome and Weight Gain?
Visit a doctor, he/she will take you through the steps to remove this tumour through surgery(if confirmed after few test)
In my whole write up, I have not stressed much on surgery, Liposuction kind of therapies, because, believe me, such answers may give immediate results but after effects and cost involved takes you on the toll. So try to avoid them as much as possible and search your answers in a healthy lifestyle.
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