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Unexpected Weight Gain in Women & Men

Article by Diet Bites


1 Pound of Weight Gain Equals 3,500 Calories, Isn't Set in Stone

The amount of every values it takes to support one pound of weight - or to create a pound is based on 3500 consumed kcals. However, if you fit any of the following criteria, then you may find that it doesn't take nearly so many energy values in order for your bathroom scales to reflect an increase in weight:

1. Smaller adult individuals such as petite women and those with smaller body skeleton frames.

2. Individuals which have a slower metabolic rate.

3. Those who suffer with chronic constipation.

4. Ageing individuals.

5. Those with certain health conditions such as diabetes or thyroid imbalances.

6. Heavy sodium consumers.

7. Inactive individuals.

8. Those who are currently overweight or obese OR who have a parent overweight.

9. A daily diet which is negligent in certain essential vitamins and minerals.

10. Consuming foods containing caloric values too late in the day, too close to bedtime.

Many of the above elements have to do with the body not using energy values effectively. Therefore, an increase in weight will be the resulting factor - at times registering an increase even when we haven't consumed enough energy to substantiate weight gain.

Let's address each of the elements mentioned above and explain how pounds are added to the body without equaling their normal 3,500 kcals each.

Size Matters Where Weight is Involved

1. Smaller Individuals

How many times have you heard the petite, shorter or smaller lady say, "I can't even look at food without gaining weight?" Fact is, that's generally the truth unless they are extremely active. Being 5' 0" myself, I can certain relate. In order to remain my recommended healthy weight, I must stick to a daily caloric total of about 1,350 kcals. I use a pedometer to gauge the distance that I walk each day. Last Wednesday I walked more than 5 miles. I was rewarded with the privilege of eating about 200 more kcals for all that work.


After interviewing numerous individuals over the years, my studies found that this holds true for most petite women. I've also conducted personal studies on my own body finding that if I consume as little as 800 kcals over my regular 1,350 regular energy values, I will experience about one pound of weight gain.

I've also found that weight gain without clinically overeating tends to be the case with individuals suffering from digestive issues - particularly chronic constipation as well as those with desk jobs, who eat too late in the day and who are past middle age.

The Metabolic Rate Factor

2. Slower Metabolism

Metabolic rate is generally determined by the types of genes that we inherit at birth. The rate can be increased - but only minimally via the types of foods that we eat and drink, and by adding activity to our daily schedule.

You have probably known someone who could eat the contents of a well-packed refrigerator and not gain an ounce. It's like they have these tiny elves inside their stomach who are on a feeding frenzy. Then short little Amy eats one donut and she doubles in size. These situations relate to our gene pool.

Sluggish Gut Contributes to Body Weight Issues

3. Chronic Constipation

If you have difficulty in releasing waste from the body, you probably suffer from other digestive issues and they may occur on a regular basis. Heartburn, crampy gut, hemorrhoids, not feeling your best - all are symptoms that can relate to chronic constipation. Many times the patient will be diagnosed with irritable bowel syndrome but much of the time constipation is simply related to the family genes.

If you suffer from chronic constipation, think about your parents. It's likely that one of them also suffered with this nagging ailment.

While a plethora of remedies exist - from drinking more fluids to being more active to taking specific medications prescribed by a doctor, there is no set cure and the individual may continue to be afflicted with this issue throughout their life.

Because of the difficulty to release bulk from the body, the metabolic rate often slows, thus generating weight gain due to the inactivity of the digestive system. It may not require 3,500 kcals in order for the body to register a pound of weight gain. continue


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