You’ve probably gone through series of diet-plans, cut your carbs, worked out, eaten less, and so much more, yet you still look bloated with a lot of fat getting stored up in the wrong places. Weight gain can be extremely frustrating, when you don’t know what’s causing it. It certainly becomes a cause for worry especially for body-conscious, health-conscious, and image-conscious people who are very much concerned about how much they weigh, what they eat, how they look, and how accepted they are in the society.
Whether you lose or gain weight is not entirely dependent on how much you eat, although it is a determinant factor, but it also depends on what you eat, and what you DO NOT eat.
So to help, we have made a list of 4 possible reasons you are gaining weight regardless:
Changes in sleep pattern can ultimately affect your overall health, and insufficient sleep may trigger weight gain. Not getting enough sleep can affect hormones that regulate your appetite, which would make you eat more food than you need, and your metabolism becomes slower when you are deprived of sleep. Lack of sleep can also lead to increased hunger and craving for sweetened foods, higher calorie snacks, and fatty foods. Getting little to no sleep will also wreak havoc to your fat cells, which could lead to weight gain and type 2 diabetes. Sleep is as essential to our daily needs as food and water.
Chronic stress can be caused by working round the clock, school, runnings here and there, having to meet targets and deadlines etc. The stress hormone called ‘cortisol’ rises during tension-filled times and invariably causes you to overeat just to reduce the tension and anxiety. The increased levels of the cortisol during your tension period would also help cause higher insulin levels, drops your blood sugar and make you crave sugary foods just to relax. This, over time becomes a habit and you will find that you constantly can’t do without reaching out for a cold soft drink whenever you are stressed.
High consumption of sugary beverages and fast foods on the go
Sugar consumption is a key factor in determining your weight gain or loss. Regular consumption of sugary foods and beverages such as carbonated soft drinks, cakes, energy drinks, candies, ice cream, and highly processed foods like oats, packed foods, French fries, burgers, and other fast foods that contain added sugars, preservatives, and unhealthy fats can easily enlarge your waistline
Increased consumption of these foods would also expose you to an increased risk of chronic health conditions, including type 2 diabetes and heart disease.
Depression and anxiety can both be associated with overeating, poor food choices, and a more sedentary lifestyle. Over time, weight gain may eventually lead to obesity; in fact, depression has been associated with an increase in abdominal fat and visceral fat. Chronic stress, or poorly managed stress, may lead to elevated cortisol levels which would stimulate your appetite and promote weight gain. Cortisol not only promotes weight gain, but it can also affect what part of your body the fat gets stored.