Why are you gaining weight?
Weight gain has always been a problem for me. Reason? I never knew the reason behind this. Of course My inclination towards eating junk food could have been one of them. And then I started a series of crash diets. Some worked while others didn’t. And at last, I gave up my dream of adorning my favourite outfit.
So why do we gain weight? There are a host of reasons. I came to know about this after meeting a health and fitness experts. And the reasons were shocking! I wish to share some of these with you:
Lack of sleep
Did you know there is a connection between sleep and weight gain? When you are up late, the chances are greater that you’ll eat some late night snacks. This increases your calorie intake. Another reason is change in hormone levels in body due to sleep deprivation. These levels increase your hunger and appetite and make you feel less full after eating.
There are times when demands of life get intense. This makes your body slip into survival mode. Cortisol, the ‘stress hormone,’ is secreted. This causes an increase in appetite. It is important to reach for high-calorie comfort foods during times of stress. The combination is ideal for weight gain.
One of the most unfortunate side effects of taking antidepressants is weight gain. This may result weight gain in up to 25 per cent of individuals who take these medications for long-term. You need to speak to your GP about changing to another drug. This is important if you think your antidepressant is making you gain weight. You need to remember that some people experience weight gain due to the drug treatment. The treatment will make them feel better. This leads to improved appetite. In contrast, depression can also lead to changes in weight.
If your thyroid is not efficiently making thyroid hormone or in enough quantity, you can feel tired, weak, or even gain weight. Thyroid is the butterfly-shaped gland in the front of your neck. When your body does not get adequate thyroid hormone, the metabolism slows down. This makes you gain weight. Even a thyroid functioning at the lower end of the normal range may result in excess weight gain. You must meet a doctor and treat hypothyroidism with medication. This will help in reversing weight gain.
Key: If you have any concerns regarding weight gain, seek medical advice. This is better than going on crash diets and tormenting your body.