There are many external reasons for excess weight gain, but we shouldn’t forget about the role of metabolic hormones. If you have a healthy diet and do sports yet still can’t shake off those extra kilos, there’s something to think about.
Bright Side is going to tell you about 4 hormone-related weight gain reasons.
1. “Adrenal” weight gain
Adrenal glands partake in the fight-or-flight response to stress. If your body is stressed out too often, you may develop hormone imbalance, leading to different dysfunctions.
Adrenal glands also generate cortisol, the stress hormone, an excess of which results in abdominal weight gain.
Symptoms of adrenal gland dysfunction:
- Fat deposits in the abdominal and waist areas;
- Fullness of the face and neck with relatively thin arms and legs;
- Increased blood pressure;
- High blood sugar, weak muscles, mood swings.
If you suspect your weight gain may be associated with the work of the adrenal glands, consult your physician and try to reduce stress, perhaps with meditation or yoga.
2. “Hepatic” weight gain
The liver is one of your most important organs, responsible for health and well-being. If it malfunctions, belly fat starts accumulating.
The following problems may appear:
- Increased blood sugar;
- Increased blood pressure and cholesterol levels;
- Joint pain, allergies, and skin problems.
If you notice that you’ve started accumulating fat around your waistline without changes in your daily (and relatively healthy) diet, consult your doctor. It may be that your liver isn’t working properly.
3. “Thyroid” weight gain
The thyroid is responsible for the rate of energy use by your body. If your thyroid works improperly, you’ll gain weight even if you reduce energy intake.
Signs of lack of thyroid activity:
- Weak muscles and lax skin;
- Lasting fatigue and weight gain;
- Hair loss;
- Decelerated heartbeat;
You should regularly visit your endocrinologist to recognize thyroid dysfunction and take the relevant measures.
4. “Ovarian” weight gain
This reason is characteristic of women with a hormonal imbalance. All carbs ingested by a woman transform into fat deposits. No matter how healthily a woman eats, she’ll still gain weight.
The following are symptoms of ovarian dysfunction:
- Weight gain even when dieting and actively doing physical exercise;
- Craving sweets and dairy;
- Fat deposits in the lower body;
- Pain or ache in the ovaries.
This certainly isn’t a comprehensive list of reasons for weight gain with a healthy diet and lifestyle, and there are other diseases that can cause it. Therefore, if you’ve suddenly begun gaining weight and can’t lose it, be sure to consult your physician.
Illustrated by Natalia Popova for Bright Side