A diet that comprises of fried foods, giant portions, decadent desserts, alcohol and sugary soft drinks leads to weight gain. If the calories are not burnt properly, it leads to weight gain. Several things should be considered if you are gaining weight while watching calories and being physically active. More than likely, it's a variety of things working together
Here are five factors that can cause weight increase.
Weight gain is possible when there is lack of sleep. The body functions best when well rested. When we do not get enough sleep our body experiences physiological stress and, biochemically, stores fat more efficiently. It is better to strive to get eight hours of sleep each night.
Weight gain may be possible even because of stress. We live in a society that demands we do more, be more, and achieve more. Stress moves us forward and helps cope with life's demands, but it also affects our mood and emotions. Many people reach for food to help ease the stress. But, of course, this doesn't work in the long run. Food is a temporary fix because it does not deal with the real stressors that must be addressed in order to reduce the trigger for eating and fix the problem.
Weight gain is also possible during medication. Some prescription drugs used to treat depression, mood disorders, seizures, migraines, blood pressure, and diabetes can cause weight gain, from a modest amount to as much as 10 pounds per month. Some steroids, hormone replacement therapy, and even oral contraceptives may also cause gradual weight creep. So, if there is a constant increase of weight during medication, it is advisable to change the prescription with the help of the health practitioner.
Weight gain during menopause is one common thing in women. Women reach menopause at a range of ages, but most are in midlife and are often less physically active than when they were younger. Along with aging comes a natural slowing of metabolism. At the same time, hormonal changes can trigger hunger, depression, and poor sleep.