Other reasons why your weight can increase!
Some people get heavier without knowing why. What could that be?
8 other reasons for weight gain:
- Insufficient sleep
Lack of sleep causes biochemical changes in your body. These changes can make you hungry and make you feel less “full” after a meal.
Cortisol is the “stress hormone”. If you are very tense, your appetise can increase.
In combination with our human desire for comfort food in stressful times and voilà: the perfect recipe for weight gain.
Weight gain is a possible side effect of antidepressants. In addition, you can also become heavier once the medication has started. You feel better in your skin and that positive feeling also ensures a better appetite.
- Corticosteroid medication
Steroid medications such as prednisone are a known cause of weight gain. They ensure that you retain moisture and have more appetite. The amount of weight gain depends on both the dose of the drug and the duration of intake. Steroids can also cause a temporary change in body fat distribution. This gives you more fat in your face, neck or stomach.
- Other medicines
Other prescribed medicines can also cause weight gain. Examples are antipsychotics, medicines for reducing epileptic seizures, antihistamines against allergic reactions, diabetes medication, beta-blockers and agents to control hypertension (high blood pressure). Do you notice that you are really suffering from these resources? Then discuss with your doctor possible alternatives with fewer side effects.
- Thyroid gland acting too slowly
A slow-acting thyroid ensures that you quickly get cold and get tired quickly, but you can also gain weight. Too low a level of thyroid hormone (hypothyroidism) causes your metabolism to slow down, which increases the chance that you will arrive. Hypothyroidism can be treated with the right medication.
During the transition, most women gain weight. This has a number of reasons. For example, aging slows the metabolism. If you continue to follow the same dietary habits, this can lead to a higher body weight. But lifestyle changes can also play a role. The children no longer live at home. So, you move less silently, often without realizing it yourself. Menopause can also affect the places where fat deposits occur in the body. Fat often accumulates around the waist during this period.
- Stop smoking
Stopping smoking is of course very healthy, but can also cause some extra pounds. This is due to the nicotine stop which means that you:
- you feel hungry;
- metabolism may decrease;
- can eat excessively because you enjoy eating more and your food tastes even better than when you were still smoking;
- have more appetite for high-fat or sweet snacks or alcohol.
Do you recognize one or more of the above causes? You don’t have to accept this!
Discuss your specific case with your doctor and look for alternatives together.
And don’t forget to take a close look at your diet!
As a nutrition coach, I can help you with some small adjustments bringing your weight back into balance … without hunger!
Contact us by email or by telephone, without obligation, then we can look into the possibilities together.