5 unexpected causes of weight gain

Weight gain is typically associated with eating too much and not doing enough exercise - but there have been many studies which suggest there are more factors at work.

Last year, Marsden published this blog post highlighting 10 things your doctor wishes you knew about weight loss.

It highlighted the effects stress and a lack of sleep can have on your weight.

But what other things that might not have crossed your mind may be influencing your weight loss efforts? Marsden investigates.

1: Your personality

This blog post by Marsden in 2016 found that certain weight trends are more commonly associated with certain personality types.

Extroverts believe they are leaner and thinner than they actually are, according to the study. Meanwhile, weight gain is more common among people who are impulsive and those who enjoy taking risks - which are traits associated with being extroverted.

“Impulsive individuals are prone to binge eating and alcohol consumption,” said Angelina R. Sutin, from the National Institute of Aging. “These behavioural patterns may contribute to weight gain over time.”

2: Being a night owl

People who go to bed late eat more calories in the evening, according to a Northwestern Medicine study.

The study found that late sleepers consumed 248 more calories a day, twice as much fast food and half as many fruit and vegetables as those with earlier sleep times. They also drank more full-calorie sodas.

“The extra daily calories can mean a significant amount of weight gain - two pounds (0.9kg) per month - if they are not balanced by more physical activity,” said co-lead author Kelly Glazer Baron.

3: Being embarrassed

A study by WW (formerly Weight Watchers) has found 80% of men are embarrassed for choosing soft drinks and diet options when they are with their friends.

Almost 90% of the 2000 people surveyed said they want to lose weight in 2019 - but 80% will likely fail to achieve this goal.

60% of men also said that they need their partner to motivate them into losing weight.

4: Your emotions

Emotional eating is a strategy when people are unable to effectively regulate emotions - emotional dysregulation.

Being unable to identify and describe emotions increases vulnerability to depression and anxiety, according to the Independent. This increases the chances of a person reacting without thinking - meaning they are more likely to turn to food to alleviate their feelings.

5: Your lifestyle changes

When it comes to managing weight gain, small changes in lifestyle can make a big difference.

If you have changed your lifestyle - perhaps by moving house or changing job - your routine becomes disoriented. Things like this can contribute to less walking, a change in diet and the amount of sugary drinks you consume.

“People might not realise that they’re eating all day long or that they’re consuming high-calorie drinks,” says Wendy Bennett, MD, MPH.

For more information on weight gain, you can read the NHS’ causes of obesity here.  

Why you should regularly weigh yourself

Regular weighing can help you to spot fluctuations in weight. Use accurate professional medical scales to ensure consistency and accuracy in weight results - which cannot be demonstrated in the cheapest bathroom scales. Weight can fluctuate during the day, so it is worth being consistent with the time of day you are weighing.

For patients with obesity, issues can be identified sooner. According to the Government, all GP patients should be “weighed by default”. In hospitals, patients should be weighed on admission.

Weighing scales to use

The Marsden M-150 is a robust, affordable column scale. Perfect for gyms, sports clubs and leisure centres, it has a high 300kg capacity suitable for almost every user.

The M-550 is a Class III Approved weighing scale - suitable for anyone who weighs themselves at home regularly, as well as GP surgeries. It is our lowest priced Class III medical scale and can be used as a bathroom scale.

For greater accuracy, important for hospital weighing, the M-420 Floor Scale weighs in increments to 50g when weighing below 150kg. A robust and easy to use scale, it is lightweight enough to be carried between wards, and a carry case is available.

For more information on any Marsden weighing scales, call 01709 364296 or contact us here.

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