If you have been keeping an eye on the scale and are noticing weight gain, you are not alone. Most people put on weight because they eat and drink more calories than they burn through everyday activity. But in some cases, your weight gain may be due to an underlying health condition. If you are struggling with weight gain, reach out to us today at Enhanced Wellness Living — your journey to wellness begins with a consultation!
Acute Weight Gain
Water weight may be due to a side effect from a prescription medication. Women typically retain more fluid before and during their menstrual cycle. Bloating can also be caused by intolerances such as lactose intolerance. Do you notice an increase in your weight at certain times of the month or after eating certain foods? Monitoring your weight after certain stimuli is important to eliminate potential health risks.
Weight Gain From Lack of Sleep
When you don’t get enough sleep, hunger hormones can become erratic. Sleep deprivation influence the need to seek what we label as “comfort foods”, instead of healthier options.
Weight Gain With Stress and Depression
Tension, anxiety, and depression can affect your appetite, and many people turn to food for comfort. When you feel anxious or worried, your body creates more of the hormone cortisol, which seems to cause fat to accumulate around your midsection. Beyond the dangers of excess weight, belly fat puts your health in particular danger — increasing your risk of heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, diabetes, and cancer.
Weight Gain From Medication
Ask one of our providers whether a prescription you’re taking could be the cause of your weight gain. Among the medications associated with weight gain are corticosteroids, beta-blockers, some antidepressants, tranquilizers, and antipsychotic medications.
Weight Gain and Genetics
Your genes may predispose you to a certain body size, shape, or composition. If you seem to be gaining weight despite your best efforts to slim down, genetics may be the cause.
Other Conditions May Lead To Weight Gain
Consult one of our providers if you notice sudden weight gain accompanied by any of the following:
- Hair loss
- Sensitivity to cold
- Swollen feet and shortness of breath
- Uncontrollable hunger with palpitations, tremor, and sweating
- Vision changes
The first step in your journey towards better health is to schedule a new patient consultation. Please let us know if you have any questions. We look forward to hearing from you!