You Could Be Gaining Weight Because Of These 10 Reasons That aren’t Connected to Your Diet

When you are following a healthy lifestyle and you discover that you are barely fitting into a pair of lose pants because you may have put on a few pounds, then that would be very frustrating. In reality, weight gain has no connection to what you eat or how much you exercise. There are a lot of other factors involved that may make you gain weight which you are unaware about. The following could be the possible reason as to why you may be gaining weight, along with some instructions on how to solve these problems:

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1Insufficient Sleep Time

Lack of sleep can impact your energy levels the next morning, and will also make you pack on a few extra pounds. Researchers have been working on this connection between sleep and weight gain. Medical experts feel that when you are awake for longer you tend to eat more. Having irregular sleep can even cause your circadian clock to fall into disarray in turn interfering with the metabolic and hormone regulation.

Sleeping less can stimulate your body to produce a hunger inducing hormone and lessen the hormones that makes you feel satiated. These are the ghrelin and leptin hormone levels, ghrelin being the ‘hunger hormone’, while leptin being the hormone that’s responsible for inhibiting hunger.

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How to Rectify This?

Get yourself in the routine of following a regular sleep schedule in which you go to bed and wake up every day at the same time. This helps your body to get into a proper circadian cycle. Turn off all electronic gadgets and don’t consume food two hours before your bedtime. If you have trouble falling asleep, limit your caffeine intake towards the day’s end.

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2You’re stressed out

The stress hormone cortisol protects your body from stress and is beneficial for your body when levels rise briefly. However, chronic stress can cause your body to gain weight. This is because your body switches to survival mode thereby making it to hold on to calories and fat. Moreover, sometimes people get so overwhelmed by this that they have a hard time including healthy activities within their daily routine such as cooking for yourself or daily exercise.

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Engage in consistent Meditation and deep breathing practices for relieving stress. Doing these techniques regularly will promote weight loss. Maintaining a disciplined meal, workout, and sleep schedule is also a guaranteed way to relieve stress and prevent your body from gaining weight.

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3Depression

Weight gain is one of the side effects of anti-depressants. A study conducted from the General Hospital Psychiatry in 2015, which involved 362 patients who were on anti-depressants, resulted in more than 55% of these patients gaining weight over a 6 to 36 months period.

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Depression could also be the cause of your weight gain. A study in the American Journal of Public Health, in 2010, discovered that weight gain is quite common in people who feel lonely and sad, than those who have no depression-related symptoms. One possible reason is the constant gorging on comfort foods rich in calories and fats and lack of physical activity.

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How to rectify this

Slowly cut down on the anti-depressants which in all probability, is the reason you are gaining weight in the first place. But, if you are depressed and are not on any medication, but still gaining weight, then either enroll in a support group or engage in workouts along with some workout buddies, as this helps in increasing social support.

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