If you have gained a few kilos and you continue to eat the same as before, something of this may happen to you
You do everything right. You eat healthy, you don't freckle too much with the 'extras' and you don't swell up on alcohol or soft drinks either. However, for a long time you have noticed that you do not stop gaining weight. You feel heavy, you have gained a couple of kilos and you cannot find any explanation. What could be happening?
There are reasons that make us gain weight, and that have nothing to do with the diet or exercise we follow. If you are sure that you have not gained weight because you have been overeating or have changed your menus, keep reading because it will interest you.
Why are you getting fat: seven reasons?
Here are the seven reasons that can explain your sudden and strange weight gain. Many have to do with your habits and others with your genetics or your age.
1) you don't get enough sleep
It may seem trivial, but if you don't sleep well at night you will end up noticing it on your scale sooner rather than later. Some experts have investigated the relationship between lack of sleep and weight gain, and they believe that it is simply because being awake longer hours you consume more calories.
However, others consider that it is due to a hormonal issue: when you do not get enough sleep, the hormones change and you secrete a specific one (ghrelin) that makes you feel hungrier. In addition, you secrete less of another (leptin) which is the one that alerts you that you have already eaten enough.
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2) You are stressed
The stress makes you fat. Having an elevated cortisol level can be good for a while, but chronic cortisol, one that lasts for months, can cause weight gain. Your body, being in this state of continuous alarm, thinks that you need the calories, then it accumulates fat because it believes there is danger.
A 2018 study concluded that there is a connection between high cortisol and fat. In fact, research revealed that cortisol can affect a person's circadian rhythm, causing them to gain weight.
3) You are depressed
If you are depressed, your weight gain may be due to it. You may have gained weight from antidepressants, if you take medication, or from feeling sad and lonely.
A 2015 study monitored 362 patients taking antidepressants and concluded, after 36 months, that 55% had gained weight. Another 2010 study revealed that people who feel sad and lonely gain weight faster than those with fewer symptoms related to depression. The latter could be due to the fact that these individuals, when they feel bad, tend to eat foods with a high caloric load.
4) Your gut is malfunctioning
The digestive problems, including constipation, may also explain the weight gain. If you do not go to the bathroom easily and regularly (once or twice a day), it may be the reason that you have put on weight.
Another possible risk factor could be in your gut flora or microbiome. Several studies link the mixing of bacteria in the gut with weight gain, especially if you don't have a correct balance of good and bad bacteria.
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5) You lack these nutrients
If you have low levels of magnesium, iron, or a deficiency of vitamin D , your energy levels will be reduced, which can disrupt your metabolism. In addition, this deficit of nutrients and vitamins tends to be compensated by the intake of caffeine, sweets and simple carbohydrates (bread, buns, pasta, rice ...), which are what make us fat.
6) You are getting older
There are different theories related to weight gain and age. One of them is the one that points to hormonal changes.
Around the age of 50, women go through menopause, which is attributed to a sharp drop in estrogen production, which causes an increase in body fat. This same hormone also affects men of that age, as revealed by a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, which determined that although a lack of testosterone seems to be responsible for the increase in lean body mass (without fat), it is actually the absence of estrogen that is mainly responsible for the accumulation of fat.
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7) You eat at night
The metabolism slows down throughout the day, so it is important to stop eating around eight in the afternoon. What you eat from that hour on, you will hardly burn it, since you will be at rest and your body begins to slow down in terms of energy expenditure.
One study showed that people who ate their largest meal at dinner had a higher BMI (Body Mass Index) than those who ate their largest meal at breakfast or dinner.
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