There are a number of reasons as to why you could be struggling to lose weight or are gaining weight even if you’re eating well.Dr. Holly Lofton, director of the Weight Management Program at NYU Langone Health, told INSIDER that this is a common problem for her patients, but there are solutions.
“I see this very commonly,” Lofton said. “The average person comes in, they know how to lose weight … they’re doing what they expect they should, they’re tracking their calories, they’re doing 10,000 steps, and they’re not getting weight loss, or, God forbid, [they are gaining weight].”
Here are some reasons why you may be gaining weight even if you have a healthy diet.
Side effects of your medications could be causing you to gain weight.Certain medications, particularly antidepressants, could cause you to gain weight as a side effect.”[SSRI antidepressants] have weight-gain potential when taken for more than a couple of months,” Lofton said. “That’s a really common [reason for weight gain].”
“You could just do an online search and see if weight gain is one of the side effects of your medication. That’s readily available information online,” she said. “Also, talk to your doctor. If the medication you are on does have weight-gain potential, there are likely some alternatives in similar classes that might be better for you.”