8 Possible Explanations for Unintentional Weight Gain

We’re going to start with a disclaimer here – if you’ve been eating a lot of high-carb foods and not getting any exercise, you’re bound to put on some pounds depending on your metabolism. But what if you’ve been a steady weight for years and leading the same lifestyle, and you find the scale creeping upwards?

There are a number of reasons you could be increasing in weight, and some of them could be tied to underlying health problems that can be addressed separately. Let’s take a look at eight of them…

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1. Depression

More specifically, depression medications can cause you to bloat a bit, according to Prevention.com. The site actually says you can expect your weight to spike from 5 to 15-pounds, “with continued gradual accumulation over the years”. Changing meds could be one solution, it explains.

Even if you’re not taking medications to manage your mood, you may still see some weight gain from depression, adds the source. It cites a 2010 study that explains people who are “sad and lonely” gain weight more readily than those who are emotionally more stable.

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