Surprise! It’s Weight-Gain


Weird reasons you’re packing up the kgs

We’ve all been there. One day you’ll reach for your favourite pair of jeans and for some reason they just won’t go up. Perhaps you need to do the shimmy, get two extra hands just to close the zip, and pray that you won’t need to sit down at all that day. It’s a complete buzzkill, especially if you’ve been eating right, exercising, hydrating and even meditating the stress away. So, when and how did these extra pounds slide in? Unfortunately, there are a number of sneaky reasons your waistline may be expanding:

Overeating Healthy Foods

This sounds like an oxymoron. The truth is portion sizes still matter when eating healthy foods. Remember that nutritious foods can be calorie-heavy. Do your homework on the recommended serving sizes of your healthy foods, to ensure you attain the necessary nutrients without the weight.

Addicted to Exercise

How can an activity that improves your mood, blood sugar levels, creativity and fitness levels make you fatter? Turns out, excessive exercise produces elevated cortisol levels in the body, which makes it store fat. The trick is to build muscle, and keep the workouts brief but intense, to maintain your body’s ideal weight.

Work Stress

You could blame your boss for your ballooning waist. The stress they’re heaping on you could be elevating your cortisol levels. This increases your blood glucose; causing you to binge by tricking your mind into thinking you’re hungry.


Ever noticed how you get the munchies when you’re dehydrated? If you’re not careful, you could end up eating more calories than you need, if you don’t drink your daily requirement. That’s because water works to give you energy and feel more satiated. Additionally, when the body is thirsty, it will conserve water to make sure vital body functions keep running. This creates water retention and hence higher weight reading.


If you’re taking antidepressants, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics reports that 25 percent of individuals taking such medication gain weight over a duration of time. Nonetheless, now and then, sadness and loneliness can do that all on its own. A 2010 study published in the American Journal of Public Health, showed that lonely or sad individuals tend to self-medicate with high-calorie, high-fat foods, while reducing their overall physical activity. This is where a positive workout community comes in handy.

No Cheat Meals

When you refrain from indulgent treats, you build up cravings that become difficult to ignore and lead to a massive binge. The art of the occasional indulge is all in the portion control now and then.

Late Nights

Sleep deprivation is connected to higher BMI levels, since sleep-deprivation increases hunger hormone – ghrelin – in the body. This effectively increases you brains love for junk food and huge meal portions. Ensure you get in at least seven hours every night.

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