Weight gain is something that 90% of people battle with at some point in their lives. A strict diet and daily exercise can control weight gain, but there are a number of other factors that contribute to weight gain even if you are doing everything by the book. Let’s take a closer look at some of the factors that affect weight gain.

Hormonal Disorders

Hormones control our food and eating habits, sleeping habits, and motivation to exercise. The HEC hormones (hunger, energy, and cravings) affect our metabolic rate and how fast we are able to lose weight. Imbalance of these hormones in both men and women can create abnormal weight gain.

Thyroid hormones affect women and weight gain; low activity of the thyroid, or hypothyroidism, can cause weight gain in women. Low amounts of estrogen, the female sex hormone, also have this effect.

Insulin Resistance

Insulin resistance occurs when the cells in a person’s body don’t use insulin properly. Insulin is a hormone that is excreted by the pancreas. It helps in converting sugar, or glucose, into energy instead of fat.

With insulin resistance, the cells cannot absorb glucose, leading to increased sugar in the blood. This means that there is more insulin circulating in the body. Insulin is a fat-storing hormone that can lead to weight gain, and high levels of insulin in the body can make it difficult to burn fat and lose weight.

Metabolic Syndrome

Syndrome X, or metabolic syndrome, is a disorder involving increased visceral fat around the belly, glucose intolerance, high blood pressure, blood fat disorders, and various other issues. It affects the basic metabolic rate, or the body’s ability to burn fat and lose weight.

Many people are affected by metabolic syndrome, and it is caused by genes, lack of exercise, bad diet, and not enough water intake. If not controlled, it can lead to weight gain, as well as diabetes and heart disease.

Depression and Other Mood Disorders

Depression is a mental and emotional disorder where the person feels down, sad, and dejected most of the time and can even have suicidal tendencies. The person cuts themselves off from the rest of the world and forgoes daily normal routine activities such as eating healthy and exercising.

Depression can lead to bad eating habits, increased consumption of alcohol and junk food, and disinterest in exercising, which can all lead to weight gain.

Lifestyle Factors

There are many lifestyles that lead to weight gain. Chronic stress is one of the major contributors to weight gain, as it leads to an unhealthy lifestyle that includes bad dietary habits, overeating, lack of exercise, and drinking. More stress means more cortisol, which increases cravings for sugary junk foods and leads to more belly fat.

Excessive alcohol consumption also leads to weight gain, as it is high in calories and contains bad fats and also increases one’s appetite.

Weight gain can also be caused by environmental toxins disrupting the endocrine glands, altering fat cells, lowering the metabolic rate, and changing hormone levels.

Schedule a Consultation

To find out more about the factors contributing to your weight gain, contact our office and arrange a consultation. During your consultation, you’ll speak with Dr. Kevin Light, an expert in bioidentical hormone therapy, nutrition, and fitness. Dr. Light will give you the guidance you’ll need to lose weight effectively.