December 20, 2018

Causes of Weight Gain Other Than Your Diet

other factors that contribute to weight gain besides your diet

Even if you are eating well, that doesn’t necessarily mean that you’re going to lose weight or keep from gaining weight. There are a number of factors that come into play in regards to your body weight that can make it a struggle to reach an ideal size. However, there are a number of solutions to help you break through the plateau and hit your goals.

What Are the Reasons for Weight Gain?

Outside of your diet, there a variety of things that can affect your weight. You could be eating well, getting a lot of physical activity, counting your daily steps, and still not see any improvement on the scale. Below are a few of the things that could be causing this.


There are certain medications, with antidepressants in particular, that affect your metabolism and lead to weight gain as an adverse side effect. This is especially seen when medications like these are taken for a few months or longer. Luckily, information is available online that will advise if weight gain is a potential side effect of a medication you are considering. In most cases, there is likely an alternative medicine you can take.

Birth Control

Weight gain is sometimes a side effect of certain forms of contraception.

As many forms of birth control affect the hormones, these contraceptives can slow down your metabolism or make you retain more water.

what are the causes of weight gain?

While birth control pills are lower in hormonal content, other forms such as Depo-Provera has been recorded in some cases to lead to a gain of over 10 pounds of weight in a year.

Hormonal Imbalance

For similar reasons as described above in regards to birth control, you may naturally have an imbalance in hormones that can lead to an increase in size. If you’ve ruled out other causes and can’t find any reason why you may be gaining weight, it is likely that hormones are the culprit. The main hormones that can cause this are insulin, estrogen, leptin, testosterone, progesterone, as well as thyroid-produced hormones.


Take a look around at your family – your parents, grandparents, other blood relatives. If they are overweight, it may be that you are genetically predisposed to have a tougher time to lose weight. However, this can be overcome be adopting better lifestyle habits, you’ll just have to be even more disciplined than others. Make smart choices in the kitchen and be sure to get enough exercise.


As we get older, our bodies are more prone to lose muscle mass and store extra fat. Our metabolism naturally slows down as we age, estimated at 2% slower every couple years or so. This makes it more difficult to lose weight as we get older. However, just like with the genetics discussed above, this can be overcome with a more disciplined effort with diet and exercise.

Lack of Sleep

Getting enough sleep is crucially important for overall body health. I go into further detail in this post about sleep and weight gain. Sleep resets our system and makes all processes run more efficiently, including our metabolism. In addition, being awake at night gives more opportunity for eating, which includes unhealthy late night snacking.

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T.J. LaPanta is a Florida based aspiring comedian and health nut.
When he's not trying to hack his way through a post-graduate degree, he's slaving away in the kitchen, working out, or trying to score a date.

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