Understanding Weight Gain
January 6, 2015
So, your clothes are feeling slightly more snug than usual, and the numbers on the scales seem to have gone up. Don’t panic – at some point in our lives it happens to all of us.
Gaining weight can be worrying, especially if you are not sure what has caused it. If you are still eating the same and exercising at your usual level, but are gaining weight, you might be a little concerned.
But, there is no need to panic just yet. If you have gained weight and don’t know why, have a read of our helpful guide to understanding weight gain.
Something has changed
Although you may not realise it, something small in your diet or exercise regime might have changed, causing your weight gain.
For example, say you usually drink one skinny latte a day from Starbucks, but for the past week you have doubled your intake to two lattes a day. Whilst this may not seem like a big deal, you have added an extra 200 calories to your daily diet. Could something so simple be the cause of your weight gain?
Think about all the small things in your diet and exercise regime, and consider whether anything at all, no matter how small, has changed. Believe it or not, weight gain can be caused by something as simple as swapping from sugar-free polos to full-fat ones. It might sound silly, but it is true.
Your life has shifted
Have you had any significant changes in your lifestyle recently? Perhaps the little ones have just started school, or you have recently taken on a new job. Changes to your lifestyle can throw your whole body off centre and can create stress, anxiety and unconscious comfort eating.
Perhaps you have taken to having a couple of extra potatoes on your plate or an extra glass of wine with dinner. Believe it or not, comfort eating is one of the most common causes of weight gain.
If you find yourself mindlessly nibbling on junk food, swap your sugary snacks from chocolate and crisps to fruits, veggies and seeds. Swap fizzy drinks for bottles of soda water.
Your metabolism has slowed down
Depending on your age, your metabolism may be to blame for your recent weight gain. Many people find that as they come out of their teens and early twenties, their metabolism dramatically slows down. Making them more prone to weight gain.
If this is the case, adjust your exercise regime and eat a little more carefully.
You may have a medical condition
Although this is one of the least likely causes of weight gain, it is worth taking note of. Weight gain can be caused by an underactive thyroid gland. If you are concerned about this, make an appointment for a thyroid check with your doctor.
Other symptoms of an underactive thyroid include tiredness, constipation, muscle cramps, and brittle nails. If you have any of these symptoms make sure to make an appointment with your doctor to get checked. After all, it’s better safe than sorry.