This is the easiest step, as surprisingly few medical problems cause weight gain. Hypothyroidism, polycystic ovarian syndrome (in women) and medications are the main medical causes of weight gain. Very rare conditions such as Cushing’s syndrome, genetic disorders and a few limited medical diseases also cause weight gain. However, the good news is that your chance of you having one of these uncommon conditions is extremely low.
Do I have a medical problem causing weight gain?
Symptoms of hypothyroidism include weight gain, tiredness, cold sensitivity, puffiness, hair loss and other features. People who have polycystic ovarian syndrome can notice weight gain, irregular menstrual periods, excessive facial hair growth and acne. See your doctor to exclude a medical cause of weight gain if you have these symptoms.
Some of the drugs associated with weight gain include insulin, anti-depressants, anti-psychotics, anti-epileptic medications and steroids (in the form of tablets or inhalers) among others. Discuss your options with your doctor if you are on a medicine that has been linked with weight gain.
Because so few medical conditions cause weight gain, the chances are you’ll be able to reduce your weight with the steps mentioned here.