Hidden Conditions That Can
Cause or Trigger Weight Gain

Written by Sky Taylor, Diet Bites

Health Conditions That Cause Weight Gain Issues

Often times we have mentioned that there are certain hidden medical conditions that can contribute to weight gain.  Here are just a few of the most common triggers.

Imbalances Within the Body

Hormone Imbalance - Symptoms include mood swings, tenderness in the breast, periods off schedule, heavy bleeding during menstruation, fluid retention, migraines.

Thyroid Imbalance - Slow down in metabolism contributes to weight gain.  

Symptoms include: fatigue, weight gain, hair loss, memory loss, decrease in sex-drive, muscle cramps and aches, unable to tolerate cold, constipation, irritability, depression, pale complexion.

If you think that you may have a thyroid imbalance, meet with your doctor for testing. Treatment is available and you can get right back on track with your weight loss plan by seeking it sooner rather than later.

As a note, hormone imbalances tend to be far more common in women than in men.


Symptoms include bloating, water retention, sneezing, breathing difficulties, rashes, aching joints and headaches.

The symptoms can become so advanced with the individual continues to be subjected to the allergen that hives enter the picture as well as swelling of the face, lips and tongue. This can create a life-threatening situation and requires emergency assistance.

If you are suddenly becoming more sensitive to your pets or other allergens and have been using sugar substitute, try eliminating it from your daily diet as it can cause sensitivity issues with allergens in some individuals. It may require some time for the sugar substitute to complete work out of your system.


Weight gain is a perfectly natural and normal response to pregnancy. Don't even think about going on a restricted diet plan without first discussing it with your personal doctor during this time, or after you have the baby. Due to the production (weight) of human milk, you may weigh slightly more after the baby is born amid lactation. Again - don't diet without meeting with your doctor.

Bloating & Digestive Issues

When the body consumes too much salt (i.e. sodium) bloating may occur due to water retention which will show up as a temporary weight gain.

When this occurs it may require several days to rectify. Drinking adequate fluids, chiefly water as well as eating the following foods may assist in water retention issues: watermelon, honeydew melon, apples, bananas, asparagus and celery.

When the digestive system is out of whack, the digestive process in turn, slow.  Symptoms include belching, bloating, tummy noises, acid reflux.

In addition, when the digestive track isn't working properly to remove the wastes and toxins locked therein, it's going to create a natural form of weight that will be exhibited on the scales. I've spoken with individuals who had issues with constipation for quite some time and after treatment from their doctor, one lady that I spoke with dropped five pounds. Waste that rests in the body for longer than it should definitely weighs heavily.


Look for these symptoms of Diabetes Type II: excessive thirst, excessive urination (particularly at night), fatigue - at times extreme, intense hunger, vision problems (when eyes are effected), weight gain, weight loss, sores that fail to heal properly OR are slow in healing.

While weight gain is a symptom of diabetes, more often than not it is associated with a drop in pounds.

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