Weight Gain

Has your weight increased steadily over time or have you become aware of a sudden, noticeable increase in your weight?

Is your weight gain apparent all over your body or more visible in the centralised region around your abdomen? Are you considered slim and yet have a high body mass index? Your weight gain may be the result of a combination of the following factors:

Causes of weight gain

  • Lack of Sleep: When there are more hours in the day, there are more opportunities to eat and, when tired, we will often seek a quick sugary fix. To make the situation worse, our metabolism is slower at night
  • Lack of exercise
  • Diet
  • Quitting smoking
  • Stress and depression: It is not uncommon for people to ‘emotionally eat’ when upset, anxious or stressed. When we do this, we choose foods high in sugar and fat to satisfy our cravings. Stress also has a knock-on effect on our metabolism as our bodies release more of the stress hormone cortisol which slows our ability to metabolise and affects our body’s fat storage
  • Prolonged exposure to inappropriate levels of cortisol (Cushing’s Syndrome)
  • Medications such as antidepressants or steroids
  • An underactive thyroid (Hypothyroidism)
  • A lack of oestrogen/ progesterone/ testosterone (commonly associated with the Menopause or Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome)
  • Insulin resistance and diabetes
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Diagnosis and Treatment

A consultation will be necessary to determine the underlying cause of your weight gain. This is likely to involve blood testing and may require a scan. It is rare for weight gain to be attributed to one sole cause and therefore losing weight is often achieved through a combination of methods:

  • Lifestyle changes: improving your diet, increasing the amount of exercise you do, addressing your stress.
  • Hormonal causes: Should your weight gain have an underlying hormonal cause, this can be addressed by supplementing your natural hormones using HRT.
  • Insulin resistance: Sensitivity to insulin and cortisol are directly linked to weight gain and can be treated through medication and diet.

Related topics Dietary Advice, Menopause Clinic & HRT, Insulin Resistance

We can you to better understand and manage the causes of your weight gain

At the Surrey Park Clinic we specialise in female health. Weight gain can be the result of many factors including hormones and insulin resistance. We can help you to explore the causes and find real solutions.
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