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Unexpected Weight Gain
in Women & Men

Written by Sky Taylor, 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.

The Age of Individual Impacts Weight, Metabolic Rate & Cell Health

4. Ageing

When we're young and spry our bodies tend to have the capacity to burn an abundant amount of calories.

But no matter how active that we remain throughout life, the body ages over time.

Due to such, it slows down - including the metabolic rate. And the older we get, the slower the body's ability to function as efficiently as it did in our younger years.

In Times of Illness the Human Body Uses More Energy. In Addition, When the Body is in Excellent Physical Health, the Metabolism Performs More Efficiently.

5. State of Health

Many diseases and illnesses - even hidden ones will at times create an unwanted increase in body weight. When this is the root, it requires being addressed by a qualified physician.

Sodium Influences Body Weight Creating False Pounds Via Water Retention

6. Salt in the Daily Diet

You can try an experiment yourself quite easily using salt. The next time that you plan to eat something very salty for meal time - such as a commercially prepared pizza, weigh when you wake in the morning and then weigh again for the additional 3 mornings following your meal which contained Sodium Overload.

If you are susceptible to the effects of salt, you will likely see slight swelling in your extremities, particularly in the face. You will also see a spike in the numbers on your bathroom scales.

Now you didn't consume more than 3,500 calories by eating the salty food. Let's look at this a bit closer.

Little Caesar's Hot-N-Ready Cheese Pizza contains 8 servings - which equals 8 slices. Each slice contains 250 kcals. If we multiply 250 by 8 we get 2000 kcals. If George consumes his regular daily diet of 2000 calories and then decides to enjoy an entire cheese pizza at the end of his day, he will likely gain more than one pound.

This is a great example of the intent of this dieting article. While 3,500 calories of food and drink equal one pound of body weight, the extenuating circumstances surrounding the energy values which are consumed impact body weight - at times creating an increase in pounds, even when the individual does not consume 3,500 calories more than required to support their current body weight.

In the event of sodium, it retains fluids in the body, thus generating false pounds. In addition, because George ate late in the evening, his body was unable to burn off the energy as quickly as it would have earlier in the day as the metabolic rate slows as the day progresses.

Inactivity Negatively Influences Speed of Metabolism

7. Inactive individuals.

When the human body is inactive, the metabolic rate slows - thus it requires less values in order to experience an increase in stored body fat.

Genes Rule But We Can Control Weight With Hard Work

8. Family History, Current Weight

Fat feeds on fat and when we are overweight or when we have a parent OR parents who are too plump, we have to be more aggressive in combating stored fat issues.

When the Body Lacks Vital Nutrients, Weight Loss Results are Impacted & Will Not Be Processed Speedily

9. Adequate Vitamins, Minerals

Think about a layout of dominoes. When the first is tapped, all of the dominoes fall flat. If one is out of order, the dominoes will stop at that point.

Such is the human body. If our eating plan is lacking in essential vitamins and minerals, the digestive process can be greatly impacted. The following may occur:

- Weight Gain without consuming 3,500 kcals in order to gain one pound.

- Dieters often find their progress completely stalled out and often confuse a poor diet with the Weight Loss Plateau.

Late Night Eating Contributes Hugely to Weight Gain

10. Night Owl Eating

Simply put, the metabolic rate slows the longer we are up and about therefore it doesn't have the ability to burn those half-dozen cookies and glass of milk as efficiently as if did earlier in the day. The result? An increase in body weight, even when 3,500 kcals have not been consumed.

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