For many people gaining weight is something to be celebrated! Perhaps they’ve been working hard on filling out their clothing a little more. However for the rest of us, seeing the number on the scale creep up can be nothing short of a shock. It can be frustrating and confusing if as far as you’re concerned you haven’t done anything to merit this uninvited weight gain. However, what you might not realize is that there are many factors that go into weight gain that go beyond what you might here are some potential reasons why you have recently gained a few pounds.
Stress eating is something that many of us do that we don’t even realize. When we feel ourselves emotionally charged, we may start putting more snacks in our mouths than usual without even calculating the amount of calories that we’re adding on to our total intake. It’s a good idea to practice mindful eating as much as possible. That means, carefully chewing and appreciating each taste and texture that you consume.
Shoving things into your mouth without any foresight means you’re not only eating more calories than you think, but you’re not even appreciating them! Identify any triggers you have when you feel hungry, or start snacking, and if you try to eliminate (or minimally reduce) these triggers from your life, you may find that the scale goes back down.
Sometimes we may not realize just how many calories go into something we’ve been enjoying lately. Whether you have been having a few extra chocolates around Christmas time, or having one extra glass of wine at happy hour, these “little” calories can add up over the course of the month. Ultimately they can creep up on you next time you weigh yourself.
Get to know the calorie count of whatever it is you eat. Add everything up, and if what you’re consuming exceeds the amount of calories you’re burning, then you’ve got your answer right there.
Lack of Sleep
One thing many people don’t realize is how much sleep is tied into our weight. Failing to sleep enough can disrupt your hormones, and consequently lead to unexpected weight gain. You should get between seven and ten hours of sleep a night, if you hope to reap the benefits of a good night’s sleep.
Getting enough sleep won’t just impact your weight, either. You’ll also find yourself less susceptible to stress, depression, and even the common cold.
In some extreme cases, your weight gain may be something more serious like a medical condition. Certain medical conditions, like diabetes, can cause you to gain weight out of the blue. If you’ve been getting enough exercise, eating mindfully, and making the right nutrition choices, then it’s time to talk to your doctor about whether a medical condition may be the cause of your weight gain.