Many anti-depressant medications cause weight gain—so if you’re depressed and taking pills for it, expect to see a bump in weight
between five and 15 pounds, with continued gradual accumulation over the years.
There’s a long list of medications that can cause weight gain: If you’re taking birth control pills, excess hormones for hormone therapy, steroids, betablockers
for heart disease and blood pressure, anti-seizure meds, breast cancer medications like Tamoxifen, some treatments for rheumatoid arthritis, and even some migraine and heartburn
medications, you may notice pounds creeping on.
Digestive issues, including slow bowel movements and gluten sensitivity, may also account for excess pounds.
Being low in vitamin D, magnesium, melatonin, vitamin B or iron can compromise your immune system, sap your energy levels, or alter your metabolism in ways that make it harder to take healthy-lifestyle steps. You may compensate for low energy with caffeine, sweets, and simple carb or find
that you feel too run down or weak to exercise.
Many musculoskeletal conditions, including back pain, but also osteoarthritis and knee or hip pain, can result in unintentional weight gain.
NOT EATING ENOUGH
Studies indicate that more than 50% of the population of American women are dieting at any given time. Yet, the quest to lose weight often can do more harm than good. A reason why many women gain weight is because they don’t
eat enough. When you aren’t consuming enough food, the metabolism slows down and the body begins to store fat.
EATING LOW-FAT FOODS
Dieters may be seduced by packages with the words “lowfat” or “lite” printed on them. However, these low-fat foods often contain as many calories
as normal food items and are clinically proven to alter fat metabolism.
EATING BAD FATS
Our bodies need “good” fats to thrive. Replacing “bad” fats with “good” fats is almost a universal recommendation with health experts.
TOO MUCH STRESS
The demands of having a career and managing a family may cause someone to pack on the pounds. Stress causes the body go into crisis mode. As a result, the body begins to slow down and store fat.
Our bodies can’t survive more than a few days without water. Second to air, it’s the most important element our bodies need to survive. Dehydration causes hormone disruption and that causes weight gain. The rule of thumb for proper hydration is half your body weight in ounces of water per day.