Category: Health

Hypothyroidism and Weight Loss

The American Thyroid Association estimates that 20 million Americans have some kind of thyroid condition, but most people (around 60%) probably aren’t even aware they have a thyroid health problem. Because of the important role the thyroid gland plays in many aspects of our physiology, thyroid disorders and disease can be the source of numerous […]

Can Weight Gain Lead to PCOS?   

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is one of the most common endocrine disorders in women who are old enough to get pregnant. Each year, it affects nearly five million women, and the rates have been rising over the past decade. Doctors have long understood that PCOS is linked with unexplained weight gain, though it is often […]

6 Common Causes for Daily Weight Fluctuations

Your bathroom scale can be friend or foe. When the pounds are coming off, you’re likely to feel excited and motivated to continue with your weight loss efforts. However, noticing an increase of a few pounds can be upsetting and discouraging for many. Don’t fret—overnight bodyweight fluctuations are normal and are not necessarily an indicator […]

Does Pooping Lead to Weight Loss? 

When weight loss becomes your mission, it’s easy to get fixated on statistics; how many pounds have I lost? What is my waist size? How many grams of protein were in that cheeseburger? It’s also a standard practice to track your weight regularly, and if you do, you probably notice some ups and downs from […]

Can Antidepressants Like Lexapro Cause Weight Gain?

For reasons that can only be speculated on, depression has been steadily increasing in the United States over the past few decades. According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), approximately 21 million adults and four million adolescents were diagnosed with major depression or had at least one major depressive episode. To treat a major […]

Unexplained Weight Gain: Can a Depo-Provera Shot Be the Reason?  

If you track your weight regularly, you know how disconcerting it can be to look down at the scale and see a higher number than you were expecting. Indeed, unexplained weight gain can present a mystery that just has to be solved. Even after accounting for lifestyle factors like diet and exercise, many people wonder […]

What to Know About Weight Gain and the Menstrual Cycle

Nearly everyone has probably noticed their body weight go up and down during different chapters in life and during certain times of year (like in the midst of holiday feasting). What we sometimes don’t realize, though, is that these changes can happen on even a daily or a weekly basis. Of the many factors that […]

Weight Lifting for Women: Can it Lead to Weight Loss?

Until the last few decades, weight lifting was associated primarily with male bodybuilders or professional athletes. Since then, there has been significant research into the benefits of lifting weights and building lean muscle. And even though it was once a male-dominated area of exercise, an increasing number of women have begun to add strength training […]

The Effect of Steroids on Weight Gain

In popular culture, the term “steroids” tends to evoke images of swollen weight lifters and professional athletes with ethics problems. These types of anabolic steroids contain compounds that are designed to maximize strength by increasing the protein content in skeletal muscles. In  a more general sense, however, steroids make up some part of cell membranes […]

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