Don’t Know Why You’re Gaining Weight? We Do

You eat a varied diet that’s full of fresh fruits and veggies, you’re hitting the gym during the week, and you’ve totally stopped your midnight snacking — and yet, you can’t seem to hit your weight loss goals. For many people, weight gain continues to occur no matter how much they exercise and what they eat, leaving them frustrated with their lack of results. If you see the scale creeping up no matter what you do to try to stop it, there may be some other factors coming into play.

Here are some weird reasons you’re still gaining weight despite your best efforts.

1. Your hormones are imbalanced

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Your weight gain may be from a hormonal imbalance. | iStock.com

Leptin is the hormone that tells you when you’ve had enough to eat, and when this hormone is imbalanced, you may have the tendency to eat more and stay hungrier even after you’ve eaten. Our overconsumption of fructose and processed sugar can overload your liver and cause your body to convert that fructose into fat before you can use that sugar as fuel. The more that fructose turns into fat, the more leptin is released. Too much of any hormone can cause your body to miss its message altogether, so in this case, that means your brain is not going to know when to tell you that you’re full. This can ultimately cause weight gain.

2. Your medicine is causing weight gain

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Your medication could be packing on the pounds. | iStock.com

It seems cruel when your medications that are helpful in some areas of your health can cause weight gain, but if you see the pounds creeping up no matter what you do, then your prescription meds may be to blame. Health explains you may know of some medications that are known for causing an increase in weight, but there are quite a few other meds that are used to treat diabetes, high blood pressure, and depression that can also sabotage your weight loss goals. It’s by no means impossible to lose weight when you’re on these drugs, but it certainly can make it more difficult.

3. You have an underactive thyroid

Human Thyroid Gland Illustration

Is your thyroid healthy? | iStock.com/Nerthuz

We’ve all heard that our thyroid can affect our weight, and if you notice that your weight has been steadily increasing as you age, then it could be an underactive thyroid that’s to blame. WebMD explains the thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland that helps keep your metabolism properly functioning, which is the system in your body that allows you to use energy. The thyroid is small and located at the front of the neck, and though it may not appear to do much because of its size, it can influence your weight in a big way. The hormones that are produced by the thyroid help control the speed of your metabolism — when these hormone levels become too low, weight gain occurs.

4. Your digestive system needs help

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Healthy digestion can help you keep weight off. | iStock.com

A healthy digestive system can be the key to lower inflammation, higher energy levels, and an all-around feeling of healthfulness. Keeping your digestion on track is easy for some and tough for others, and for those who have chronic digestion issues, weight gain can be an issue. We usually think of digestive issues causing weight loss because nutrients are not properly being absorbed into our body, but in some cases, our unhealthy digestive tract can cause serious weight gain.

5. You’re not getting your vitamins

man pouring out pills from a supplement container with more pill bottles in the background

Getting your vitamins and minerals helps you maintain your weight. | iStock.com

When it comes to vitamins and weight gain, there are two schools of thought: Those who are overweight are deficient in vitamins because they’re not eating enough healthy foods, and those who are deficient in vitamins are overweight because those vitamins are vital in keeping body fat low. Eating fruits and veggies is important for your health no matter what your body composition may be, but there’s a growing amount of evidence that supports the idea that a vitamin deficiency can cause weight gain. According to Prevention, up to 40% of adults were not getting adequate amounts of vitamins A, C, D, and E, as well as calcium and magnesium.

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