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13 Surprising Causes of Weight Gain

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If you feel like you are losing the battle of the bulge, check to see if one or more of these issues may be helping you pick up pounds you don’t want, or hold on to pounds you’d like to lose. You may be surprised by what you discover.

1) Lack of Sleep

Whether you are just staying up too late, working odd hours, or have a condition that affects your sleep such as sleep apnea, being short on sleep may contribute to your gaining weight. Staying up late may lead to late-night snacking. Being short on sleep can also affect hormone levels that make you feel hungrier.

2) Stress

High stress also affects hormone levels which can lead to feeling hungrier. If you are like many of us, you may reach for comfort foods when you feel stressed, which can also lead to gaining unwanted pounds.

3) Working too much

If you are a workaholic, chances are good that you are more stressed and less active than you might be, especially if your long hours at work are spent sitting in an office or at a computer.

4) Low-fat foods

Despite advertising claims, foods that are labelled “low fat” may actually be less healthy than their regular-fat counterparts. Low-fat foods often contain as many calories as the regular items.

Some low-fat foods also contain added sugar to balance the flavor lost when fat was removed. Be sure to read the labels and look at the calories and sugar or carb counts in addition to the fat content.

5) Eating too little

Balancing your weight requires balancing your food intake. Not eating enough or skipping meals can slow your metabolism and cause your body to store energy, which can result in weight gain.

Skipping meals may also mean eating more at the next meal because you are too hungry. Plan to eat healthy food and space your meals out throughout the day.

6) Eating too fast

If you gobble your food, you stand a good chance of overeating. That’s because it takes time for your brain to recognize that you are full and signal your body to stop eating.

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