Hormonal disbalance, thyroid function abnormalities, diabetes, slow metabolism, and a bad diet are the causes for gaining extra pounds.
If you think that you eat healthily but you gain weight, something must be wrong.
You need to check your health and pay attention to these potential problems.
Continue reading to find out the possible reasons for those extra pounds.
3 reasons why you gain weight
Low thyroid function or hypothyroidism is a common problem among women and it results in gaining weight. (1)
That’s why it’s very important to follow the instructions given by your doctor or nutritionist when it comes to your diet.
Besides extra weight, low thyroid function can cause slow heart rate, anemia, high cholesterol, sluggishness, fatigue, decreased appetite.
When you start treating hypothyroidism you will lose weight.
So, it’s recommended to get a special diet made by your doctor with ingredients that help solve this problem.
2. Hormonal disbalance
If you really pay attention to the food you eat, your health is fine, but you still gain weight, you may have hormonal disbalance.
Some experts claim that the main culprits for obesity are insulin and leptin since there’s a clearly defined biological mechanism that makes food disturb the work of certain substances.
Insulin turns sugar into fat, it creates fat layers, and the more insulin you excrete the more fat you get.
Eating sugar causes a bigger excretion of insulin, and refined sugars are the most to blame for those extra pounds.
Insulin is a metabolic hormone that reduces fat consumption and improves creating fat tissue.
Leptin is created in the fat tissue and its role is to signal the brain that you are full.
But, when you exaggerate with food for a long time, you can cause leptin resistance.
For example, you eat meat, you enjoy it, and even though you are full you eat a piece of cake, you enjoy it even more and then you eat another piece of cake.
That’s how you can make this kind of eating a normal thing and have a problem with these hormones.
When it comes to hormones, the adrenal gland can also be the cause of those extra pounds.
If it excretes excessively cortisol, the stress hormone, this can lead to obesity.
People who have this problem gain fat around the belly.
Their arms and legs get thinner, and their trunk, chest, and face get fatter.
3. Small intake of food, but bad choice of ingredients
A bad choice of ingredients can affect your weight and your looks.
If you add alcohol to the junk food you eat you make things worse and you struggle with extra weight.
You need to be very careful when you choose what to eat.
Processed food, sugars, additives with hidden calories are more present than ever.
Industrial fructose syrup which is the cheapest sweetener is in almost everything from yogurt, mayo, ketchup to cookies, etc.
Eating that kind of food on daily basis is the reason for pounds piling up.
The best advice is to eat fruit and vegetables and to exercise. (2)
Half an hour of exercise per day is enough to stay in shape.
Start walking, hiking, take the stairs, or ride a bike instead of going by car.
3 reasons why you gain weight– Final thoughts
There might be an underlying cause for gaining weight while dieting. (3)
So, you need to check your health, your hormones, and your thyroid gland and make sure that you don’t suffer from any disease that can be the cause of the weight gain.
And of course, the 2 tips that are for everyone who is watching their weight and trying to lose weight:
- Change your diet; include healthy ingredients like fruit and veggies, lean meat, legumes, and eat moderately.
- Exercise. Physical activity is good not only for your looks but for your health too.
I am in my 30s and I’m a proud mother of two. A healthy living enthusiast who is passionate about skincare, nutrition, weight loss, and fitness. I enjoy trying different beauty products and I pay special attention to skincare, haircare, and general well-being.