These days, men also care about their body shape. That much, I am interested in weight. It’s common to gain some weight and give it to you, and it’s not a concern.
However, there are times when the weight has increased suddenly and it is difficult to guess the reason even if you think about it yourself. If you’ve gained more than 5 pounds (about 2.26 kg) in just a few days or weeks, it’s worth paying attention to whether it’s an abnormal sign of your health. “A man gaining 5 pounds is a sign that something is going on,” said Lawrence Cheskin, director of the Johns Hopkins Weight Management Center. This weight change is often seen among women, he explains, but it is not common among men.
If you suddenly gained weight that had been stable for months or years, what could be the cause? According to Men’s Health.com, there are generally six reasons to consider.
1. Eat too much salt
“Sodium intake keeps the body hydrated,” said Cheskin. Water has weight and volume. So, eating a lot of salty food for a few days in a row can make you gain weight.
Restaurant food, especially fast food, is usually high in sodium. If you have recently filled your stomach with takeout or eating out, you can gain weight rapidly. Of course, you have to be careful with the food you eat at home. In the United States, bread, sandwiches, and pickled meat are the main sources of sodium.
2. Take a new medicine
“There are many drugs that can cause weight gain,” said Scott Burch, director of the Obesity and Metabolism Institute at the Cleveland Clinic. It is said that 15% of obesity cases can be caused by drugs.
He explains that treatments for depression and heart disease (beta blockers) are the main culprit of fattening. Sleeping pills, pain relievers, and antihistamines to prevent allergies can also lead to weight gain.
There are also steroids, testosterone boosters, and various supplements. These drugs can act on hormones and cause rapid weight gain.
3. Eat more than you think
This may sound obvious, but people don’t know how easily the effect can manifest. Cheskin says steadily increasing calorie intake for a month or two can increase weight by 5 to 10 pounds.
It’s important to recognize that these changes begin to be trivial. You may use the’Happy Hour’ at a nearby restaurant once or twice, or you may increase the amount you eat per serving after changing dishes. Even if you eat 500 calories more in one week, it accumulates and accumulates over time and settles as extra weight.
4. Switched to a higher carbohydrate diet
Changing from a low-carb diet such as the’keto diet’ to a high-carb diet with a large amount of grains will instantly bring about a change in your scale. Because carbohydrates are stored as glycogen in the muscles and liver. 1 gram of glycogen contains about 3 grams of water. Eating a plate of pasta means that extra water is stored in the tissues of the body.
5. I recently lost weight
Wouldn’t it be nice if we could keep it as it was while losing weight. But the reality is the opposite.
“When weight and fat are tightly regulated, body systems work to keep that balance,” said Burch. In other words, even if you maintain the habit of losing weight, the weight you once lost can come back. So, if you’ve recently lost weight, you’re likely to regain weight no matter how much you exercise.
6. You have endocrine disorders
According to the National Institutes of Health, about 1 in 5 adults suffers from hypothyroidism. Although more common in women, many men also have hypothyroidism. This can lead to sudden and serious weight gain. Other hormonal disorders, such as Cushing’s disease, can also cause weight gain. If you have one of these endocrine disorders, you may experience other symptoms besides weight gain. According to the Mayo Clinic, fatigue, weakness, headache, troublesome thinking, and depression are all signs of hormonal disease.
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