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Reasons why you may have suddenly begun to gain weight

Unless there has been a drastic change of weight, in terms of loss or gain, there really isn't anything to worry about.

By: Lifestyle Desk | New Delhi | Updated: December 1, 2019 5:43:31 pm
weight, weight gain, indian express news Unhealthy diet, laziness and lack of sleep can all contribute to weight gain. (Source: Getty/Thinkstock)

Obsessing about your weight is redundant, since the human body is unpredictable and the scales keep tipping this way and that, every now and then. And, unless there has been a drastic change of weight, in terms of loss or gain, there really isn’t anything to worry about. If, however, you notice that you have put on a few extra kilos of late, and are wondering how that happened, here are a few possible explanations. Read on.

Binge eating

You are eating unhealthy, and your diet consists mostly of processed foods. Microwave dinners, sugary cereals, junk foods, etc., contain added preservatives and other harmful ingredients that can add to your weight. The key is to consume them on cheat days, or once in a blue moon. If you make binge eating a regular affair, the scales will not show you any mercy. Not to mention, your body will also start showing signs of trouble. Opt for wholesome, nutritious meals.

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Lazy lifestyle

If you are guilty of following a sedentary lifestyle, be prepared to put on weight. A sedentary lifestyle is devoid of physical activities. Most people with desk jobs, return home to their mobile phones and television sets, without squeezing in any time for exercising. It can lead to a host of other problems, besides weight gain.

Not sleeping enough

If you are not getting enough sleep, voluntarily or involuntarily, you are putting yourself at the risk of gaining weight. Studies have shown that insufficient sleep is linked to weight issues and other health problems. Clocking in enough hours can alleviate this problem. If you are having trouble sleeping, there are many things you can do to remedy this.

Being stressed

When you are stressed, the stress hormone cortisol shoots up. It is known to increase hunger, particularly the urge to eat high-calorie foods. Besides, many studies conducted in the past have shown that those with weight conditions such as obesity, have higher cortisol levels than those who do not.

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A medical issue

Don’t jump to conclusions before checking with your doctor. But, sometimes, weight gain is linked to one or more undiagnosed health conditions. From thyroid issues and depression to polycystic ovary syndrome and binge eating disorder, the reason could be anything. If you think you are gaining weight because of medical reasons, check with your doctor immediately.

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