They might not be what you think -unhealthy eating and lack of exercise, the 2 biggest culprits.
Heck, I'm ruling them out here because though they're the biggies that make you fat, in cases of rapid weight gain, they aren't the main suspects.
I'm talking about cases where you do everything right: eat healthy, exercise regularly, sleep well.... yet you gain weight, and rapidly at that.......
You don't know why you're putting on so much weight all of a sudden and this unexplained weight gain makes you depressed, frustrated and even fearful. You don't know how to handle the weight gain.
Hey! It's not your fault at all!
1. Hypothyroidism (low or under active thyroid)
It's basically a thyroid hormone deficiency. It occurs when your thyroid gland doesn't produce enough thyroid hormones and as thyroid hormones affect all metabolic activities, the deficiency causes rapid weight gain.
2. Cushing Syndrome
It's caused by a tumor in the pituitary gland that imbalances your hormones. Glands on the kidneys then release too much of the hormone cortisol. Once cortisol soars, your weight shoots right up and up.
My girlfriend Sandy had got it. She weighed 115 lbs in her teens, started to gain weight fast when she hit early 20s and by the time she's in her mid-20s, she weighed a whopping 230 lbs. She suffered from insomnia, excess hair growth, severe acne, depression and cessation of periods.
Sandy took 5 years to get to a doctor who correctly diagnosed her case as Cushing Syndrome.
She underwent surgery to remove the tumor. The surgery was successful and her hormones balanced. She lost 80 lbs.
This rare metabolic disorder that often goes undiagnosed for years could happen to anyone. And it could be one of the causes of rapid weight gain for you.
Find an experienced neurosurgeon to help you with the case. Doctors confirm the diagnosis through blood and urine tests.
OK. This is the period in your life where your hormones - estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, androgen and the whole lot......all go out of whack and create a big chaos in your hormonal system.........
Let's just take estrogen to illustrate menopausal weight gain.
Loss of estrogen causes you to experience unexplained weight gain. This is due to lack of estrogen which triggers your body to look to other places in your body to get the needed estrogen from.
Fat cells in your body can produce estrogen, so your body works harder to convert calories into fat to increase the estrogen. Fat cells, however, don't burn calories the way muscle cells do, which is why you pack on the unexplained lbs.
I know, you've been good - eating and exercising exactly right as you always have been but you can't seem to maintain your weight. Maintaining weight is like a herculean task and losing weight? Only in your dreams!
It's not your fault; it's the chaos your hormones created - fluctuating like nobody's business.
As hormones have a direct impact on your metabolism and fat storage, it's difficult to control your weight during menopause no matter what you do. The fluctuating estrogen, testosterone, and androgen levels will fight you all the way......
Looks like you're losing the battle......
However, I still think enough exercise and eating a right, healthy, well-balanced nutritious diet helps alleviate the situation.
I can't tell you now how much you can benefit because I'm not yet in my menopausal years but logically, since it's a healthy approach, it'll produce positive results.
4. Essential Fatty Acid Deficiency
Your body needs essential fatty acids to make hormones, as they help to maintain your body's metabolism system. A deficiency of essential fatty acids leads to food cravings, especially for fatty foodstuff. Hence, this could be one of the causes of rapid weight gain.
5. Food Sensitivity
If you're sensitive to certain foods and if you happen to consume them, then it's very likely that you might get fluid retention, caused by inflammation and the release of certain hormones.
In addition, there's fermentation of food, especially carbohydrates, in your intestines which can result in a swollen distended belly. These cause rapid weight gain.
6. Drugs And Medications
Drugs like steroids, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), birth control pills, antidepressants and diabetic medications can be one of the causes of rapid weight gain.
Researchers also discover that certain anti psychotic medications, such as those used to treat schizophrenia, can lead to extreme weight gain too.
7. Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)
What do you think if you pile on an extra 40 lbs? Something's amiss, right?
Yet you'd be surprised to know that many women with PCOS usually go for years without knowing that their weight gain is in part due to PCOS condition (in which the ovaries and/or the adrenal glands, for unknown reasons, pump out too much male hormone).
Since the lbs pile on gradually starting around puberty, or sometimes don't surface until post-pregnancy when weight refuses to budge, it's usually not obvious to PCOS sufferers or their doctors, that something's not right.
However, it's not the excessive male hormones that trigger weight gain. The cause is still not known.
The good news - studies show that almost any woman with PCOS, treated or not, can, if put on a supervised diet and exercise program, lose 10% or more of weight.
With the weight loss, it will in turn push the male hormone levels down, leading to a resumption of regular periods and improved chances of conception.
Possible symptoms: thinning hair, excess facial hair, severe acne, irregular periods, impaired fertility, the hallmarks of excess male hormone.
Guess causes of rapid weight gain aren't getting any simpler as we go along......
8. Blood Sugar Imbalance
If you eat lots of simple, refined carbohydrates, it can cause rapid fluctuations in your blood sugar levels. For instance, eating chocolate increases the amount of sugar in your blood.
Your body releases the hormone insulin which causes sugar to be stored away and your blood sugar levels to be lowered, which can trigger cravings for more sweets in order to stabilize blood sugar balance.
9. Kidney, Heart or Liver Disease
Disease in these organs can cause fluid retention, which surfaces as general puffiness all over your body, especially your eyes and ankles.
10. A Knot in your Stomach
Not very likely but I think it's a pertinent cause of rapid weight gain.
If you've rapid, unexplained weight gain, it's possible (though rare) that you could have a tumor.
Example: ovarian tumors, some can be benign, such as a dermoid tumor, a weird conglomeration of various body tissues that grow in the stomach.
You could gain more than 100 lbs due to a huge ovarian tumor in the belly.
So, don't ignore any disproportionate expansion of your middle.
Check it out!
They aren't exhaustive.
My advice is that if you've experienced a rapid weight gain that's not due to excessive intake of food and lack of exercise, go and have a chat with your doc, to root out potential problems.
Rapid weight gain may be as damaging as rapid weight loss because it places stress on your body, so it's a matter you want to deal with quickly.
In dealing with causes of rapid weight gain, I want to throw these questions to you:
If you honestly answer them one by one, you'll "hit the bull's eye" and possibly know the causes of rapid weight gain in you.....