We know it, you are as frustrated as many people are when it comes to a tiny matter of connection – weight gain. Are some people predisposed to gain more than others? There seems to be that group of people you know that are always thin no matter what they eat or how much they munch. So are there clear ways to know the real cause of weight gain? Luckily for you there is and we have outlined them all here.
There is a long list of medications out there that can impact weight gain: birth control pills, beta-blockers for heart disease patients, excess hormone medications, steroids and even most anti-depressant medications. Most of these drugs often affect metabolism indirectly because they make you feel better. Take for example the anti-depressants. Depression is characterized by someone who sleeps much but doesn’t eat and talk a lot. When the drug kicks in, a patient feels better and they start reversing some known signs previously mentioned.
There had been also numerous studies reporting a correlation between feelings of depression and weight gain. It says that people tend to gain weight more because when they feel low or report other seemingly depressed symptoms, they tend to eat more high-fat, high-calorie comfort foods because to combat the feelings of depression. Chocolate is one of those foods.
Deal with it: the more you age, the lesser will your body be able to burn calories. According to research, this burning activity peaks when you’re at your twenty’s and it slows down from that point forward. This means, you need more exercise and lesser food by the time you hit 30 onwards to balance a healthy metabolism. Long term weight maintenance relies more on disciplined, well-timed and continuous exercise regimens. Eat more low-fat protein rich foods and reduce carbs to avoid unnecessary pounds.
Malnutrition – this isn’t just that thin as paper kid you often see at Discovery Channels documentaries, malnutrition happens when you eat foods that satiate you but doesn’t supply the nutrients needed by your body on a daily basis. In simpler terms: your diet is served at very wrong proportions. You can zap your body with a lot of iron and magnesium by eating a lot of read meat and nuts but there will never be enough milk or sunlight exposure to help you compensate for low vitamin D levels. And Vitamin D deficiency creates weaker immune systems and alter your metabolism in a detrimental manner, no diet may seem to work.
If your body is predisposed to slow bowel movements, this too adds pounds to waistlines. Healthy range is once or twice daily, bowel movements can even still be normal an hour or so later after meals. If it doesn’t border what’s normal, you can blame your diet once again. Constipation is greatly helped by probiotics. Hydration is solved by fiber-rich foods and fiber powder infused with water. Apart from that, take note of your medications and eat a lot of fruits and vegetables to revert your digestive issues.
If none of these factors are observed, consult with your doctor so he or she could run a few tests (urinalysis and blood tests) to have a clearer picture of what’s causing your weight gaining woes. These tests usually check cortisol levels and other factors to arrive at proper diagnosis.