Most of us experience times in our lives when we’d like to lose a pound or two (or 10). But, what happens when we eat less carbs and more vegetables, we work out for 30 minutes three times per week and after a month or so, we haven’t seen the kinds of results that we want? Or, what happens when we’ve been doing the same things that we’ve always done while being able to maintain a certain weight and suddenly, it seems like we’re putting on more pounds for no real apparent reason?
If you are someone who is gaining significant amounts of weight in a small period of time and you really are not sure what the cause could be, it is highly recommended that you make an appointment to see your health care provider. It could be a sign of a thyroid issue, high levels of stress or diabetes.
However, if you’re curious to know what some causes of weight gain are that, no matter how much you do are simply beyond your control, we have included five of them. Hopefully, they will clear up some of the questions that you may have so that you can seek are more beneficially-customized weight loss plan:
Probably not a lot of people are happy to hear that they are more apt to gain weight simply because their DNA says so, but there is scientific evidence to prove it. The simple fact is that some people are born with as much as twice the amount of the FTO gene (which is also known as “fat cells”) than others have. If your doctor confirms that you fall into this category, it’s a good idea to speak with a nutritionist and think about getting a personal trainer.
Taking the wrong medication
You’ve probably heard that a lot of women gain weight from being on birth control and yes, because it is created to alter their hormone levels that would be true. However, steroids, beta-blockers (for the heart or to lower one’s blood pressure), anti-seizure medications and even some pills and liquids that are prescribed for migraines can put on a few pounds too. You may want to talk to your health care provider about altering your prescription.
The metabolism that we had in high school and college is very different than the one that we now have as adults. If you were someone who used to be able to eat a half gallon of ice cream in your early 20s and still fit into your favorite jeans, you probably need to kiss those days goodbye. The good thing about this particular challenge is that while you can’t control getting older, you can certainly control altering your diet and making exercise a part of your daily routine.
You have certain health issues
High blood pressure and osteoporosis are two health issues that could make it more difficult for your body to produce nutrients in the way that it needs in order to keep your metabolism working at an optimum level. If this is the case, speak with your doctor about having your cortisol levels checked to make sure that there may not be any other underlying health problems as well.
Say that you and your family go camping. You fill up your picnic backpacks with plenty of healthy foods. When you return from your trip, you feel sluggish, bloated and constipated. All of these are indications that you have some form of a digestive problem. Correcting the issue could require something as simple as needing to get more fiber into your diet or there could be something more serious going on in your digestive tract or colon. If you’re not having regular bowel movements and home remedies do not appear to be improving matters, definitely speak with your doctor.