15 Weird Things That Might Be Causing Your Sudden Weight Gain

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It’s time to know your body.

Life is a crazy thing pulling us in all sorts of directions. We need to be here and there, and somehow make it home in time to prep for dinner and lunches the next day. In the midst of all the craziness, finding time for yourself and for exercise just never seems to top the list.

Whether weight crept up on you over time or it rapidly stacked on, we have talked with experts all over the United States to help give some insights into those pesky pounds and what might be causing the weight to stay. Curious about your sudden weight gain? Here are some things that might be causing it.

1. Stress

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When you’re stressed, you look for more comfort foods rather than something healthy for you like a green smoothie or a salad. So, when people dive in for those sugary foods, that’s when we can see weight gain.

Jacqueline Pirtle, a happiness coach and author of 365 Days of Happiness, says “Having an out-of-whack relationship with food… Everything and everyone is energy and always connected with each other through these energies — sharing at all times. You are energy and so is your food. Connecting with your food before it enters your body means that you are connecting with its energy and gaining the most out of that exchange; the result being, you need less food.”

2. Lack of sleep

If you’re clocking in less than six hours of sleep at night, this may be another reason for sudden weight gain. In fact, a recent study found that nearly 40 percent of adults say they sleep fewer than six hours a night, and 38 percent of those in the study were classified as obese.

Chris Brantner, a Certified Sleep Science Coach, advises, “One thing people often overlook when it comes to weight gain is sleep. People who sleep six hours or fewer on average consume an additional 300+ calories per day as a result. This is largely due to the fact that sleep deprivation causes an increase in levels of Ghrelin, a hunger hormone, and a decrease in levels of leptin, a hormone that helps you feel full.”

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