Why Am I Gaining Weight? The Reasons May Surprise You

You wouldn’t be surprised about weight gain if you started consuming more calories than usual or cut back on your exercise.  But what if you’re doing everything the same as you always do, and your weight still goes up? Take a look at some of the reasons you might be packing on the extra pounds, they may surprise you.

Lack of Sleep

There are two reasons this could be the culprit. First, if you’re up late, odds are you’re doing some late-night snacking, which means more calories. Second, involves what’s going on in your body when you’re sleep-deprived. Changes in hormone levels increase hunger and appetite and also make you feel not as full after eating.


When we become “stressed out,” our bodies go into survival mode. Cortisol, the “stress hormone,” is secreted, which causes an increase in appetite. And what type of food do most of us reach for to comfort us? High-calorie foods. Enough said.

Cushing’s Syndrome

Weight gain is a common symptom of Cushing’s syndrome, a condition in which you are exposed to too much of the stress hormone cortisol, which in turn causes weight gain and other abnormalities. You can get Cushing’s syndrome if you take steroids for asthma, arthritis, or lupus. It can also happen when your adrenal glands make too much cortisol, or it could be related to a tumor. The weight gain may be most prominent around the face, neck, upper back, or waist.


An unfortunate side effect from some antidepressants is weight gain. Talk to your doctor about making changes to your treatment plan if you think your antidepressant is causing weight gain. But never stop or change your medication on your own. Realize that some people experience weight gain after beginning drug treatment simply because they’re feeling better, which leads to a better appetite. Also, depression itself can cause changes in weight.