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There are usually two concerns at work with weight gain and sleep. One of them is when you are late at work, you may involve in some late night munching, which can increase your calorie intake. The other is biochemical reaction that undergoes when you are deprived of sleep. The changing hormonal levels increase appetite and hunger and will not make you feel full even after eating.
When life gets too stressed, our body secretes a hormone, cortisol that increases your appetite levels. We may reach for high calorie foods at times during stress, which is a perfect cause for weight gain.
Anti-inflammatory steroids like prednisone contribute to weight gain. Increased appetite and fluid retention are the main causes. The severity of steroids depends on the strength of the dose and the length of the time on the medication. Some may even experience fat redistribution while on this drug to areas like abdomen, back of the neck and face.
In hypothyroidism, there will be less production of thyroid hormone, which makes a person feel weak, tired, cold and gaining weight. Without enough amount of this hormone, the metabolic rate slows down resulting in weight gain.
Menopause and loss of estrogen levels are not the reasons behind your weight gain during your 40s and 50s. The actual reason is aging that slows down your metabolism therefore burning only a few calories. Even changes in lifestyle, like reduced physical activity is also a reason.
Antidepressants can cause weight gain in almost 25% of the people who rely on them. If taking antidepressants is leading to weight gain, talk to your doctor about switching on to another drug. Even depression itself can lead to weight gain.
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