Keeping fit can be tough. When you’re trying your best to stay in shape, unexpected weight gain can be seriously disheartening. It may make you wonder why you’ve been trying so hard and whether it’s worth it after all. Never fear! Here are six reasons you’ve suddenly gained weight and what to do next.
1. You’re ‘stress eating’ without realizing
Feeling stressed out? Not getting enough sleep? Although you may not realize it, a poor work-life balance could be the cause of your unexpected weight gain. Not only does stress make you feel hungrier, but it could also cause your body to retain more salt than usual.
Research suggests that people hold onto 30% more sodium from food when they feel stressed out. This issue could ramp up your blood pressure and mean that your body retains extra fluid, which may look like weight gain.
2. You’ve been yo-yo dieting
Trying to lose weight can often feel like an uphill battle. If you’re the kind of person who follows each and every new diet out there, you might want to change your ways. Yo-yo dieting can be strikingly unhealthy and may even lead to more weight gain in the long run.
One study from the University of Exeter found that starving yourself for short periods (as you may as part of a fad diet) actually makes you store more fat later on. So, when you start to eat normal-sized portions, you may find that you pile on the pounds.
3. You eat well but overeat
Eating well is about choosing the most nutritious food and snacks for your body. If you’re already well-versed in what to eat and what not to eat, you might think that you’re ahead of the game. However, there’s one thing that you should consider when it comes to the food that you consume on a day-to-day basis.
While you might be eating healthy food, you should still avoid overeating. Consuming excessively large portion sizes will take its toll on your body in the end. Yes, it may be better for you than eating a load of junk food, but you should be wary of this issue.
4. You don’t hydrate as much as you should
Do you drink enough water each day? If you’re dehydrated, it may have a direct impact on your weight gain. The reason is simple – thirst often feels a whole lot like hunger. When you start to get thirsty (because you’ve not had any water all day!), you may confuse this sensation with that of hunger and snack more.
It hardly takes a genius to figure out that this will cause you to put on weight. The key here is making sure that you have a water bottle with you at all times. Invest in one that you can take both to the gym and to work. That way, you will remember to drink up regularly.
5. You have dinner late at night
When do you typically have dinner? Some people rush home from work, get cooking, and eat at around six or seven in the evening. Others like to take their time and do some chores or watch TV before they settle down for their meal. If you fall into that latter category and have been gaining weight, you might want to change your ways.
Eating late at night could have awful consequences when it comes to your waistline. Findings from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine suggest that this habit could lead to weight gain, high insulin and cholesterol levels, and a poor fat metabolism. Try dining a little early and see whether it makes a difference.
6. You use ‘low fat’ sweeteners
Switching sugar for a ‘low fat’ sweetener might seem like an obvious way to lose weight but it could be having the opposite effect. Just last year, research from the Canadian Medical Association Journal suggested that artificial sweeteners could be linked to high blood pressure, heart disease, and obesity. Maybe it’s time to give them a miss!
Of course, the best way to maintain a healthy weight is to eat a balanced diet and keep as active as possible. If you need help boosting your fitness routine, don’t hesitate to get in touch with me! Together we can take your wellness regime to a whole new level.