What Causes Weight Gain?
Weight gain is fat accumulation along with fluid retention caused by excess protein deposits in the body. To put it plainly, if we eat more calories (in the form of food and drink) than we burn in a day the excess calories is stored in the body as fat.
Below are common reasons individuals may gain weight:
- Prescription medication
- Childbirth/hormone changes also known as “baby weight”
- Excessive alcohol consumption
- Menopause/hormonal changes
- Choosing convenience food over home cooking
- Food sensitivities causing bloating, inflammation, and water retention
- Thyroid deficiency causing a decreased metabolism
- Lack of fatty acids used to maintain the body’s metabolic rate causing food cravings (Fries anyone?)
- Anxiety triggering the fight or flight response in the body causing the body to release cortisol.
Maintaining a healthy weight is important for your health.