20 Most Common Reasons for Weight Gain ...


You’ve been the same weight for the past year or so, and while you might have slacked off at the gym a little, and started drinking a little soda now and again, why have you gained weight?

I can help.

I’ve been chatting with my OB/GYN and my personal trainer, and they’ve both helped me compile this list of the 20 most common reasons for weight gain.

1. Too Much TV and PC Time

We spend way too much time in front of the TV and computer these days, and not nearly enough time at the gym or outside moving around.

It’s this on-your-butt lifestyle that’s to blame for most of our nation’s obesity, and it’s often one of the biggest reasons for weight gain (pun intended).

Get up off the couch and get moving!

2. Medications

Some prescription medications present more reasons for weight gain.2

For instance, birth control pills can cause a little weight gain, as can some depression and anti-anxiety drugs.

Check the list of side effects if you think your meds might be making you gain weight.

3. Quitting Smoking

Quitting smoking may be the best thing you can do for your health, but it’s not easy… and since some of the nasty chemicals in cigarettes are stimulants, once you do quit, your might gain a little weight.

But that’s certainly no reason not to quit!

Kick up the intensity of your workout and watch your calories, and you’ll be fine… and you’ll be so much healthier!

4. Stress

Stress can make you eat more, and to crave comfort food… so it can be another reason for weight gain.

Rather than drowning your stress and sorrows in mashed potatoes, try addressing the source of the stress, or coping with it through exercise.

5. Boredom!

You’re standing there in front of the fridge, waiting for something to jump out at you.3

You’re not really hungry, you’re just bored!

So as innocuous as it sounds, boredom can be another reason for weight gain.

General Laziness
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