While you hear all the time that to lose weight you need to eat less and exercise more, that isn’t always going to help. Unfortunately, there are numerous things that will cause you to gain weight and some of these you have no control over. Here are some of the things that could cause yours.
Your Stress Levels
Okay, so you can do something about your stress levels but you can’t control them all the time. There are things in life that will cause you to stress out. There are times that you will find it hard to stay calm.
Stress has a number of downsides. It raises your blood pressure, makes you want to eat more and you won’t want to do any exercise. You need to find ways to combat that so you don’t gain weight.
Not Getting Enough Sleep
Another one that you should be able to control but can’t always. The truth is that if your body doesn’t want to sleep, you will find it hard to make it happen.
There are a lot of tricks but you may find that napping during the day is the best thing for you. Lack of sleep will find you reaching for the candy bars so know this and do something to help avoid the weight gain.
Any Medical Problem You Have
It doesn’t matter whether it is an infection, a virus or an ongoing medical condition. They all affect your weight gain and you really have no control over them.
There are times that your body just feels bloated and you retain more water. When you jump on the scales you could see a five pound gain when you know you’ve been good. Medical problems can also slow down the metabolism.
The Medication You Are On
Medication affects the hormones. This causes strange things to happen to your body and you just don’t have the control over them.
If you are on medication, suddenly change it or come off it, you will find that your weight is affected—good or bad! While you can’t do anything about it, you can keep it in mind.
Your Plate Sizes
It’s not just the amount of food that you eat that affects your weight, but the amount that you feel you need to eat.
Plate sizes have grown considerably over the last few years without many noticing. While you can’t change the sizes, you can make sure you don’t fill them up—or fill them up with the good stuff.
How You Feel
Your mood will affect the amount that you eat and do. If you’re in a bad mood, you may end up eating more than you wanted to and it can lead to weight gain. Your mood can also affect your hormones and metabolism.
This is more than just stress. Those who are depressed are more likely to gain weight than those who are happy, mainly due to their food choices and activity levels.