People often associate being overweight with eating badly. While the two are surely related to a certain extent, that isn’t always the case.
Here, we’ll tell you about several possible causes of weight problems that have nothing to do with a poor diet. Take notes, because this may affect you or someone close to you.
1. Your liver
Your weight problems may be because of your liver. It’s one of the most important organs in your body and is in charge of watching out for your health.
The problem is that if it starts to fail, your body begins accumulating fat in your middle area.
- Elevated blood sugar levels
- High blood pressure and cholesterol
- Joint pain
- Skin problems
If you notice that you’re accumulating more fat in your abdominal area and you haven’t made any changes to your diet (andyou eat well), it may be best to see a doctor because you may have liver problems.
For women, your ovaries can end up being the root of your weight issues.
In this case, it’s related to hormonal imbalances. This makes the carbohydrates you eat be stored as fat, whether or not you eat well.
Symptoms of poor ovary function:
- Increase in body mass, even with a good diet and physical activity
- Cravings for sweets and dairy
- Weight accumulating in the lower part of your body
- Pain in your ovaries
As you know, your thyroids can make your weight skyrocket.
It is with your thyroids that your body regulates the rate at which it uses energy and this has to do with how many calories you consume.
If they aren’t functioning properly, you may become overweight, even if you’re not eating much.
- Muscle weakness
- Chronic fatigue
- Increased body mass
- Hair loss
- Slower heart rate
Your problem may be resolved by going to see an endocrinologist.
If you suspect thyroid problems, this may be the solution. This way, you can detect improper thyroid functioning early and take the necessary steps to keep it from getting worse.
Adrenal gland problems
You may be overweight because of your adrenal glands.
Your adrenal glands are the ones that participate in the “fight or flight” instinct, or in other words, how you react to stress.
When you go through stressful times, your body may respond with hormonal imbalances and this can lead to problems in many areas of your body.
In addition, these glands are also the ones in charge of producing the stress hormone (cortisol). An elevated cortisol level triggers weight gain the middle part of your body.
- Accumulation of fat around your stomach area
- You carry your weight in your face and neck, not your arms or legs
- High blood pressure
- Elevated blood sugar levels
- Weak muscles
- Mood changes
If you think you may have weight problems caused by improper adrenal gland functioning, see your doctor and work on lowering your stress levels with lifestyle changes and exercises like yoga.
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Type 2 diabetes
Type 2 diabetes could also be the reason for your weight gain. This is an illness characterized by an increased concentration of blood glucose.
This increase is often due to your cells not responding to insulin properly (also called “insulin resistance”).
People with insulin resistance have a higher concentration of glucose in their blood, causing obesity.
In fact, more than 80% of people with this type of diabetes are overweight.
If you think this may be you, see a doctor.