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50 Surprise Reasons You’ve Gained Weight

We found this list of surprising causes of weight gain and thought it was worth sharing with you. So often we blame a lazy, convenience driven culture for the reason our population is overweight and obese. We shouldn’t overlook that so often there are genetic or other environmental factors that play just as much a part in our expanding bellies as do fast food combo meals.


prescriptionMedications
The side effects of your prescription or even over-the-counter medicines can often include weight gain. Read the label, and check with your doctor prior to taking, or if you notice a sudden raise on the scale. Some common medications that have been linked with weigh gain include:
- Antidepressants
- Diabetes Medication
- Birth Control


no smokingLifestyle
When life strikes, your health and weight can often be affected. Even minor changes or upsets in your normal routine can wreak havoc on your body. If you’ve made minor or major changes in your lifestyle to better your health, persevere even in the face of vacation and stress. The rewards are worth it! Some common lifestyle and environmental culprits are:
- Sleeplessness/Insomnia
- Consuming too much high fructose corn syrup
- Smoking cessation


pregnancyGeneral Physical Factors
Deep within your body there’s an entire world at work that you’re rarely aware of. Your genes, DNA, overall health, and other factors all play an important role in how well you lose or gain weight. Be aware of your physical health and express concern to your doctor if you think there’s a rogue agent at play.
- Menopause/Aging
- Food allergies
- Pregnancy


doctorDisease and Illness
You’ve likely heard mention from friends or the media that some of these illnesses can be the cause behind sudden weight gain, or an inability to lose weight. It’s worth a check-up to find out what the status of your health is and to fight back against any of these diseases.
- Hypothyroidism
- Ovarian cysts
- Blood sugar imbalance


We’ve shared some of the highlights from this list of 50 Surprising Causes of Weight Gain. Learn more about these 50 weight saboteurs.

October 3rd, 2008

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