So you have been working out and eating right, but you still can’t get that scale to move in the right direction? Well, there may be a “strange” reason why you are gaining weight instead of losing weight.
Here are three strange factors that could cause you to be gaining weight, even though you are doing everything you can to lose weight:
- If you are depressed and taking medication for it, you can expect to see about a 5 to 15 pound weight gain, with accumulated weight gain the longer you are on medication. Even if you are not taking medication, if you are depressed you can still be causing unnecessary weight gain because people that are depressed typically turn to “comfort” foods like foods high in fat and calories or they may cut back on physical activity.
- If you have digestive issues, like having slow bowel movements, you may be gaining weight from that. Ideally, you should eat and then in an hour or two, have a bowel movement. To be considered “regular” you should have one to two bowel movements per day. Staying hydrated is important to become regular and having a diet rich in fiber is also important.
- If your body is low on vitamin D, magnesium or iron, then your body’s immune system can be comprised, your energy levels may be decreased, or your metabolism may be altered in a way that makes it much harder to maintain a healthy lifestyle. You can increase your red meat and spinach intake to help improve your iron levels, and improve your magnesium levels by eating more almonds or Brazilian nuts. Add a supplement of vitamin D to get that all important vitamin.