Surprising Things that can Cause Weight Gain

Published Wednesday, January 11, 2017 12:00 pm

Weight loss is like a roller coaster—you jump into the cart of your life, venture up the hill before the big drop with anticipation about what your weight loss journey will be like, and then the drop comes toward success!

If you haven’t started the Jenny Craig program yet, there are some surprising things that can cause weight gain (or what appears to be weight gain). See what habits can potentially increase your numbers on the scale and what you can do to curb it.

1.    Sitting all day

  Don’t underestimate the power of a walk. “Sitting all day is not natural and to blame for all kinds of ailments, including obesity,” says Dr. James Levine, director of the Mayo Clinic-Arizona State University Obesity Solutions Initiative. Schedule some time to take a walk around the block or office building, and find time throughout your week for longer outdoor or fitness activities. 

2.    Water retention

  Water retention can occur for many reasons, such as eating sodium-rich food, not exercising or hormones. For women, some weight gain may happen around their menstrual cycle, which is normal. While this is not real weight gain, it will translate as if it is on the scale. Make sure to drink plenty of water (at least eight glasses a day) to rid your body of toxins that may be holding you back from your goals.   

3.    Stress

  Your body produces a hormone, cortisol, which cues the “fight or flight” response that typically goes away if the body uses that energy up. Cortisol makes it easier to store fat, especially abdominal fat. Being a workaholic or having too much going on of course causes stress, which can lead to weight gain since the energy is not being used. Find an activity or non-food treat that allows you to step away from the stressful parts of your day, such as taking a few deep breaths or treating yourself to a massage or movie outing. While these practices won’t necessarily make you lose any weight, keeping your cortisol levels in-check may help with how your body stores it.  

4.    Not getting enough sleep 

Sleep is when your body recovers from the day. When you don’t get enough sleep, your body cannot perform to its optimal potential, which includes a functioning metabolism. Professor Shahrad Taheri noted in her 2015 presentation at the Endocrine Society’s annual meeting that even 30 minutes of sleep loss a day makes you more likely to gain weight. Aim for 7 to 9 hours of sleep per night, which will also help with your stress levels, too!  

5.    Medication

  Some medications may affect appetite and/or metabolism. Discuss your medication’s side effects with your doctor, especially if it’s a new prescription that coincides with your weight gain.  

6.    Portion size

 What dish you choose to use to eat your meal makes all the difference! Our eyes are not trained to understand portion sizes, so we think to fill the plate with each item until there’s no space left. Luckily, Jenny Craig has already done the work to help out with this one. Our 100+ meals options are pre-portioned, so you can add nutrient-dense vegetables and sides of delicious fruit to breakfast, lunch or dinner.     

If you’re following the Jenny Craig plan, you’re setting yourself up for success as members on average, lose 1-2 lbs. per week! However, it’s important to understand that you may not lose weight every weigh-in and you may plateau at times.

If you’re ready to surprise yourself with weight loss, call our team at 417-890-0110 for your first complimentary visit.

Eat Well. Move More. Life Life.

Jenny Craig Springfield Team