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Why am I CONSTANTLY gaining weight? Please help!?


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Hey everyone. I'm a 23 year old female and I'm 5'7" tall. I have never had problems with my weight in the past, but lately I am constantly gaining weight and I have no idea why. During my adolescent years, I weighed 130-135 pounds and felt great. I was this weight until I was about 19-20. I think that is the perfect weight for me. I was able to eat and drink as much as I wanted without gaining any weight. If I did happen to gain weight, it would go straight into my thighs and butt and NEVER anywhere else. Now that I am in my 20's, I find that I'm gaining weight so easily. ALL of the weight I am gaining is going straight into my lower stomach, hips and thighs. It is so frustrating because I always had a nice, flat stomach and now my stomach sticks out so much that I sometimes look pregnant. (I am not pregnant though). I weighed 145 pounds last year and when I went on vacation in Europe I came back weighing 158 pounds. My weight that year fluctuated from 158 pounds to 161 pounds. I felt and looked horrible and went on a strict calorie counting diet which reduced my weight to 143 pounds. I have stopped calorie counting and eat about 1200 calories a day but I make sure I don't eat a lot of junk food. I replaced my white bread with whole wheat bread and am avoiding anything that is fattening. I am finding that my 143 pound weight fluctuated a lot from 143 to 147 pounds. Last month, I weighed 143 and when I stepped on the scale the same day I weighed 148. I thought I might have been bloated or something, but since then my weight has just been going up and up. A week ago I weighed 149 and today I weigh 152. I am starting to feel really depressed again because I feel as if I am really overweight. None of my clothing fits and I am finding that sometimes even size 10 pants don't fit on me which is ridiculous! I don't know if stores are just making all their sizes smaller lately or if I just wear a huge size. I still wear size small tops though. I don't know what to do anymore because my eating habits have not changed and I am not doing anything that should be causing me to gain so much weight so quickly. Does it sound as if I have a health problem or something? I would appreciate it if someone gave me ideas on how I could lose this weight and keep it off for good. I am dying to weigh somewhere in the 130s again!

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It's hard sometimes when we don't change our habits, but our bodies change.  I think you'll find that this is a never ending cycle in life.  I'm quite a bit older than you (57) and I was skinny sometimes in my younger days, and other times heavier.  You pick the wieght where you feel comfortable and then use this website to count calories, which means write everything down and keep track of exercise.  Unfortunately restricting your caloric intake and exercising is the only way to get down to where you want to be.  The good news is that you can do this in just a few months if you are diligent; you don't have that much to lose.  Moving forward, I'm afraid that you'll have to continue to watch your diet and exercise, but think of this as a healthy lifestyle choice.  Soon, it will become second nature.  it's only hard at the beginning.  Good luck!

I am the same age as you and about an inch taller. In the year after graduation I also managed to go from about 135 to 145lbs (sometimes a pound or two higher even). I thought "nothing had changed" as well, but when I really took a look at what was going on I realized that the shift from student to office meant I was moving MUCH less during the day, even if I was still going to the gym, though admittedly I slacked on that a bit as well. Furthermore, the office candy bowl and seemingly endless supply of free food made it really easy to accumulate a few hundred extra calories here and there (or daily) and over a year those add up. What is working for me now is to be much more conscious of extra calories from office treats and to make sure I am fitting as much activity in as possible. These small steps are helping me shed the weight, all be it more slowly than when I was in school.

Side note- I also noticed at my high point my weigh fluctuates MUCH more. My guess was it was as a result of the greater mass of food-stuff in the system and less consistent energy exertion. 

I am a lot older than you (40) but something similar happened to me over about a year. At first, I thought it was because I let my diet go (I had lost 15-20 pounds) but then I realized that I was gaining weight even when I as dieting pretting good - and all the weight was going to my belly which was weird for me.  Worried, I added exercise and somehow injured my tendon from just walking.  I tried swimming and then started working out with a trainer.  After a month of working out with the trainer (and traveling - eating out but trying to be good) I gained another 10 pounds!

Suspecting something up with blood sugar, I took one of those a1c tests from Wal-Mart and it did show me in the just barely pre-diabetes range.  This and some internet research gave me the idea that I should try lower carb, more sleep, and work on building some muscle mass.

Since then, I stopped gaining and have also slowly lost 4lbs and 1 inch off my waist in about 9 weeks. My tendon also got better over the time.  The changes I made were 1) Lifting heavy weights 2-3 times per week with a trainer, and 2) pretty much cutting out bread and potatoes all together 3) switching to full fat dairy products 3) taking vitamin D (per doctor), fish oil, and a multi-vitamin 4) a couple of walks (working up from 15 min to 1+ hrs over the 9 weeks) each week.

I retook the A1c test after the 9 weeks and it came back smack dab in the middle of the normal range.  I don't know which of the changes, if any, caused the turn-a-round but I am continuing with them except that with my recoved tendon I have increased the walks to 5 days and reduced the weight traing to 2 times per week.

This is a lot of work.  Hopefully, you'll find an easier way.

I'm 24 and the exact same thing has happened to me. It has always been very hard for me to gain weight. In high school I could eat whatever I wanted to and I was fine. In college i did gain about 20 lbs due to my lifestyle changes but was able to quickly lose it all once I started to exercise more often. Recently, I have noticed that I have been gaining weight like crazy and I don't know what is going on. Needless to say none of my pants are fitting me either. All of the weight I am gaining is also going to my thighs, lower stomach and hips. I'm trying to start to increase my activity level to see if it will help. Also, I am pretty good with portion control and once I'm full I stop eating. This has been driving me crazy also and has gotten my self esteem to go down and is causing some depression. Let me know if you figure out what is going on.

I'm sorry this is happening to everyone, but feel a bit better about myself since I'm having the same problem!

I won't deny my diet has been far from fantastic since about mid-summer, but I've gained the weight FAR more easily than I ever have before. And same, it's going to my stomach which is completely new for me. I have pretty major hormone imbalances and found that they have effected weight gain/loss in the past, so it might be something everyone wants to keep in the back of their mind if after seriously assessing your diet and exercise you still cannot find a reason for the gain.

I'm sorry this is happening to everyone, but feel a bit better about myself since I'm having the same problem!

I won't deny my diet has been far from fantastic since about mid-summer, but I've gained the weight FAR more easily than I ever have before. And same, it's going to my stomach which is completely new for me. I have pretty major hormone imbalances and found that they have effected weight gain/loss in the past, so it might be something everyone wants to keep in the back of their mind if after seriously assessing your diet and exercise you still cannot find a reason for the gain.

It wouldn't hurt to get a full medical checkup to make sure there is nothing physical behind your weight gain.  If that is eliminated as a cause it would be helpful for you to post all your stats, exactly what you are eating, how many cals and your physical activity.  If you have been eating 1200 cals for a long time, your metabolism has probably slowed down and anything extra you eat will cause weight gain.  Are you doing anything strenth training?  As we age, we can lose muscle mass and this decreases the amount of cals we burn on a daily basis as well.  I'm sure this is very frustrating and I really hope you can get it figured out!

I started gaining weight at about age 30 and after that is was a contstant gain for me.. I have had a lot of female problems that hasn't help much..I topped out a few years ago at over 300 pounds..but thankfully found a program that has helped to teach me how to get the weight back under control. I have lost 131.5 pounds so far...so don't dispare. I will say I have done every diet known..none worked. It wasn't until I started making habit changes and really learning more about weight loss that I started to see improvements in my weight issues..

You can do it! what has really been key for me is logging food and all intake..including exercise and water. I know what affects me and how my body reacts and have learned how to adjust for that..FOOD LOGS are a must in my opinion..

Good Luck....

I'm sorry you are having that problem, like everyone else, I can totally relate.  I can only speak from my own experiences.  When my own weight fluctates that much within a 24 hour period, I've learned to narrow it down to an excessive amount of sodium and not enough water in my own diet.  I know that when I have way to much sodium and not enough water, my own weight can fluctate anywhere from 2-4 pounds.

Hope my own issue is of some insight.

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