Other factors related to weight gain
Weight gain can be caused by a number of additional factors such as the intake of certain drugs and medicines, an increased caloric intake, reduced physical excercise and deficiency of vitamin D.
Vitamin D deficiency
A strong relationship exists between increased amounts of abdominal fat and lower levels of vitamin D. Studies suggest that individuals with larger waistlines are at a greater risk of developing vitamin D deficiency.
What causes a vitamin D deficiency?
- Limited exposure to sunlight
- Dark skin with increased melalin
- A vegan diet
Symptoms of a vitamin D deficiency
What can I do?
If you feel that you may be suffering from a vitamin D sufficiency, you can start taking Vitamin D supplements. Additionally, you can start consuming fish if you are a non-vegetarian or you can increase consumption of dairy products if they suit you.
Food and lifestyle
Basal Metabolic rate(BMR) is the calories one needs to consume to maintaing their current weight. It is determined by weight, height and age. If your total caloric intake is more than your BMR, then you are in calorie excess and will gain weight. On the other hand, if your total caloric intake is less than your BMR, then you are in calorie deficit and will gain lose weight.
Regular physical can increase the amount of calories you burn per day.
Generally, one needs to burn about 7500 calories to lose 1 kg weight. A moderate excercise of 150 minutes per week an be helpful in reducing weight.
If you are planning to start an excercise regime, it may be beneficial to do short spurts of 10-15 minutes at a time twice a day in the beginning. You can gradually ramp up to longer durations of more intensive excercises.
Avoiding foods that have a high calorific value, keeping your portions in control and while tracking calorie intake and enerygy burned by physicial activity can be extremely beneficial in helping you lose weight.
Calorie deficit Calculator
Know the amount of calories required daily to maintain your current weight or lose weight
Drugs and medication
Evidence suggest that certain drugs taken for life sustaining ailments such as high blood pressure, diabetes, depression, seizure and so on may cause weight gain.
These drugs may cause weight gain by increasing apetite, fat storage, fluid retention or decreasing your metabolism.
It is important to speak to your healthcare professional if you think that you are gaining weight because of your medications. The healthcare professional will weigh the advantages of these medication and advice you on your medication.
At-home hormone test
If you want to eliminate hormonal balances as a cause of your weight gain, take our at-home weight gain test.
This test will help you identify if your weight gain is caused by common health conditions such as PCOS, hypothyroidism and hyperprolactinemia.
Speak to a physician.
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