5 Reasons For Unexplained Weight Gain

weight gainWeight gain can be a natural result of fluctuations in hormonal processes, such as the menstrual cycle or pregnancy.  However, most cases of unplanned or unintended weight gain are caused by taking in more calories than the body can use.  Certain drugs can also cause weight gain, and unintended weight gain can be a symptom of a number of medical conditions or disorders.  Weight gain that is sudden and rapid can be a sign of dangerous levels of fluid retention by the body.

Weight Gain Due To Lack Of Sleep:

The body functions best when well rested.  Unfortunately, when you don’t get enough sleep, your body experiences physiological stress and, biochemically, your body will store fat more efficiently.  When you’re tired, you also don’t handle stress as well, so you may reach for food as a coping mechanism.  Further, you may be taking in extra calories from late-night snacking.  Some people think eating might help them get back to sleep, but all it really does is add more calories to their daily caloric intake.

Weight Gain Due To Stress:

It has been said many times that stress makes your body go out of whack, and when it does, you are most likely to keep the weight instead of shedding it.  You will eat to compensate, and you will choose comfort foods that are usually packed with more calories than you can burn.  Stress leads to the production of excess cortisol, the hormone that stores fat.

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Weight Gain And Allergies:

A large percentage of people have food allergies that they don’t know about because of the fact that the impact of these allergies is minor and difficult to detect.  Some of these people have allergies to foods that cause a reaction in the body that leads to weight gain. In addition to weight gain which is primarily in the form of fluid retention, any individual with allergies may find that their stomach is enlarged due to gas caused by the allergy.  As always, go talk to your primary care provider and talk to him/her to see what your options are.

Weight Gain Due To Artificial Sweeteners:

Artificial sweeteners, long touted as a dieter’s alternative to sugar, may not be so sweet after all.  A 2008 study in the journal Obesity found that participants who drank more than 21 cans of diet pop with aspartame each week had over double the risk of weight gain than those who did not consume sweeteners.

Some experts now advise individuals who suffer from weight gain to avoid artificial sweeteners, though others insist they’re still superior to high-calorie sugar.  Bottom line:  Don’t overload on either sugar or artificial sweeteners ~ there are much healthier alternatives to choose from.

Weight Gain Due To Eating Too Fast:

Eating slowly could help you in terms of weight gain.  A study of more than 3000 Japanese adults published in the British Medical Journal found that those who ate their meals quickly were about twice as likely to be obese as their slow-munching counterparts.weight gain

People who ate quickly and who ate until they were full were three times more likely to be obese.  The research supports previous evidence that people tend to consume more when they eat quickly, but also that eating quickly is linked to obesity regardless of how much is eaten.

If you feel that you have had additional weight gain and you know that it is not because of a sudden change in your lifestyle or pregnancy, it is strongly recommended that you make an appointment with your doctor for a thorough check-up.  Rapid weight gain can be as dangerous as rapid weight loss.

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Originally born and raised in Woburn Massachusetts (love my Red Sox, Patriots, Celtics and Bruins!) I made my trek northward to the beautiful state of Maine back in October 2003 after marrying my college sweetheart. We began a family in 2004 and I am happy to say that we have 4 happy, healthy, beautiful children that bring an amazing amount of joy to our lives! I am also a type 1 diabetic. Diagnosed back in 2006 (out of the blue), at a routine doctors visit. Diabetes has single handed-ly been the biggest obstacle that I have faced in my life. At the time I had no idea of what a roller coaster ride I would be in for, I mean really, what's a couple finger sticks a day and a couple shots of insulin for food...this will be easy, I got this! Well 2 ER visits later, I quickly found out that this was no joke, and if I wanted to see my little ones grow up, this was something that I needed to take seriously! Little by little as we began to digest all of the information that was being thrown at acting insulin, short acting insulin, lancets, test meters, test strips, ketone sticks, carb counting, food groups, glucagon emergency kits, insulin pumps, glucose monitors...OMG, my head was spinning like a top!! After a couple of crazy years, I can happily say that I am well controlled and feel absolutely amazing! Not to be lost in all of this either is the amazing support of my wife. She has been my rock! She has been with me every step of the way, from 2am finger sticks to helping me change out a failed pump in the middle of a crowded restaurant. She truly is an amazing wife and mom and I can't imaging my life without her love and support- love you babe!

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