9 Hidden Causes of Weight Gain You Should Know
It may be quite sad if you are following a healthy diet and exercise properly but unwanted pounds are gathering on your belly. There are a lot of things that can influence your ability to lose weight like hormones and your schedule. However, you may neglect some things that seem unimportant. That’s why we gathered these nine hidden causes of weight gain you should know.
1. You are fond of avocado toasts
When you eat such healthy food as avocado, it’s easy to overdo it. It contains a healthy dose of nutrients and unsaturated fats that are good for your heart, but eating whole avocados or using half an avocado a day for a toast can provide you with hundreds of calories. The whole avocado contains 322 calories and about 30 grams of fat. This is 45 percent of the recommended daily amount of fat. Only a fifth part of an avocado can be considered the right amount for a healthy snack.
2. You are completely tired
Lack of sleep can certainly lead to weight gain because it can make you want foods high in carbohydrates and fat. Despite the fact that some studies have shown that sleep deprivation can interfere with the production of hunger hormones during the day, you may be especially vulnerable at night when you are less active and trying to reduce stress and relax.
3. You prefer gummy vitamins
It is true that gummy vitamins don’t contain many calories. However, they have more calories than simple old-fashioned vitamin pills. Moreover, they are full of sugar calories, especially if you eat them too often. That’s why gummy vitamins can help you gain weight slowly but surely.
4. You eat your kids’ leftovers
You may even not notice that your kids leave a lot of food on their plates and you finish it. However, you probably already ate your portion of food. This means that you may eat more then you have expected. That’s why it is better to throw away leftovers or leave them for later.
5. You have PCOS
Polycystic ovary syndrome is a quite common condition. About one in five women has PCOS but they may not even know that they have it. This hormonal disorder is often accompanied by infertility, obesity, irregular periods, acne and excess body hair. If you have any of these symptoms, it is better to ask your gynecologist about PCOS treatment.
6. You have a thyroid disorder
If you suddenly add a few extra pounds and you also have symptoms such as fatigue, dry skin and constipation, the thyroid disorder may be to blame. In this case, it is better to make an appointment with your doctor to check your thyroid hormone levels.
7. You take blood pressure meds or antidepressants
Antidepressants can easily cause weight gain but you can also gain a few pounds by taking a beta-blocker (for example, metoprolol) to control your blood pressure. If you have noticed that certain pills are making you fatter, make an appointment with your doctor because switching to another medicine may help.
8. Excessive light at night
Exposure to artificial light late at night not only interferes with your sleep, but it can also spoil your metabolism. However, installing some dimmer switches can help solve this problem.
9. You recently lost weight and your body wants to get it back
If you managed to lose a few pounds but they quickly come back because your body may be trying to maintain reserves of fat in case of hunger. Some studies show that appetite can grow after weight loss, which means that you can easily get back those pounds. In order to keep your shape, try to drink more water and consume a lot of low-calorie foods.
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