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Dr. Michael Rothman
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Weight Gain (Overview)

Weight gain is an increase in body weight. This can be a result of increases to muscle mass, increases in body fat, or increases in body fluids like water. Occasionally, weight gain can be a symptom of an underlying medical problem.


Dr. Michael Rothman
1,333 doctors shared insights

Weight Gain (Overview)

Weight gain is an increase in body weight. This can be a result of increases to muscle mass, increases in body fat, or increases in body fluids like water. Occasionally, weight gain can be a symptom of an underlying medical problem.


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What does weight gain tendency mean medically? Does weight gain relates only to wrong eating habits or we can gain weight without eating too much?

What does weight gain tendency mean medically? Does weight gain relates only to wrong eating habits or we can gain weight without eating too much?

Recent science: Has shown in mice that an excess of calories turns on a normally silent gene in the brain. This is logical if you think of our ancestors. The gene turned on in times of plenty and they stuffed themselves. In times of scarcity they could live on the accumulated fat. If this is the same in humans (probability high) it could explain our modern problem. ...Read more

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Weight gain (Tip)

If you eat slower, you will not only enjoy the food, but also eat less and not gain weight as much. ...See more

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Losing Weight (Checklist)

Early on, visit your primary care physician to check general health
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Drink half your weight in ounces of water
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Consult a nutritionist if you're unsure of healthy food choices
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Eat on a regular basis (3 meals, 2 snacks) to avoid excessive hunger
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Can someone tell me between zoloft, (sertraline) Prozac and celexa which one treats depression and OCD better? And which one will not cause weight gain the best.

Can someone tell me between zoloft, (sertraline) Prozac and celexa which one treats depression and OCD better? And which one will not cause weight gain the best.

Medications: That is not how medicine works. They all are very effective and used for a variety of different reasons. The best drug for you is the issue and that is determined with the physician working with you in person. ...Read more

Dr. Steven Ajluni Dr. Ajluni
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Weight gain (Tip)

Myth: everything you eat when dining out is unhealthy for a cardiac or weight loss diet. ...See more

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What is the desired weight gain in children between the age of 4&5 and then between 5&6? My kids have gained just about 2 lbs each in the last yr.

What is the desired weight gain in children between the age of 4&5 and then between 5&6? My kids have gained just about 2 lbs each in the last yr.

Depends on the child: A boy who stays at 5th percentile on weight and height should be about 30 lbs at 4yr, 34 at 5yr, and 37 at 6yr (gaining 3.5 lbs a year). A 95th percentile boy should be about 44 lbs at 4yr, 51 at 5yr, and 58 at 6yr (gaining 7 lbs a year). The numbers for a girl are a little different, but the idea is the same. Only with the doctor's growth chart and a check-up can one tell if growth is normal. ...Read more

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Methotrexate for sjogrens disease does this treatment cause weight gain ?

Methotrexate for sjogrens disease does this treatment cause weight gain ?

Typically not: Weight gain is not a typical side effect of methotrexate. When it occurs in sjögren's, i would look at other rx being used such as steroids as a possible cause. Also, with any chronic disease, if the patient doesn't feel well, there is often a reduction in overall activity which leads to weight gain. ...Read more

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Weight gain (Tip)

You can lose weight while dining out! just don't order or eat sugars or carbs. ...See more

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Is weight gain common during breast cancer treatments? Will drugs or chemotherapy for breast cancer make me gain weight? .

Is weight gain common during breast cancer treatments? Will drugs or chemotherapy for breast cancer make me gain weight?

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Some people gain wt: The treatment itself does not cause weight gain. But there are changes in taste that may make you eat more especailly after the chemotherapy has been completed and stopped. So watch that you eat no more than normal. Then there is little risk of weight gain. ...Read more

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How to avoid extreme weight gain after anorexia cure?

How to avoid extreme weight gain after anorexia cure?

Anorexia: I do agree with dr. Kuhn, but i believe it is very important to know that anorexia is not really "cured".I believe there is a genetic predisposition to eating disorders, just like alcohol and drug addiction but, with eating disorders, it can be even more difficult because one "could completely stop alcohol and drugs" but a patient must learn to live with "eating" and see expert drs. And therapists. ...Read more

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How to get rid of water weight gain?

How to get rid of water weight gain?

Depends on cause: Usually with sodium restriction and water pills . It's important to investigate why you have water retention and make sure it's not heart failure or some thing serious ...Read more

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Will immunosuppressive drugs cause weight gain?

Will immunosuppressive drugs cause weight gain?

Prednisone does: Prednisone does cause weight gain, along with other side effects. The doctor who is prescribing the immunosuppressives can list the medication options for a patient, and also list the more common side effects. Then, both the patient and doctor are aware of what to expect when some of the medications are used. ...Read more

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Is there a good way to prevent weight gain while on lithium?

Exercise, diet: Lithium is a very effective medication but unfortunately, weight gain is a side effect. Maintaining an active lifestyle with a healthy diet, go a long way in addressing the weight gain associated with lithium treatment. You may also discuss with your prescribing physician to see if a medication change or the addition of another medication to slow down the weight gain is an option for you. ...Read more

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What are the best ways to avoid weight gain over the holidays?

What are the best ways to avoid weight gain over the holidays?

Eat slow: Try taking small spoonfulls, savor each, rinse mouth with a sip of water. Talk to those you are eating with. Small spoonfulls. Take smaller portions, maybe use a salad plate instead. Limit desert to half servicing and no seconds. ...Read more

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My family gets diabetes at early ages. I've noticed a weight gain, i'm not too concerned but i want to know if there's anything to help lower my fat?

My family gets diabetes at early ages. I've noticed a weight gain, i'm not too concerned but i want to know if there's anything to help lower my fat?

Lifestyle changes: Exercise 30-45 minutes each day. Reduce your calories. Goal is a 5-7 lb wt loss over next 6-12 months. Get screened for diabetes by your family doctor. Best of luck! ...Read more

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Weight gain in the winter. How do I stop feeling sorry for myself and get back on track. I gained 16lbs back since july.

Weight gain in the winter. How do I stop feeling sorry for myself and get back on track. I gained 16lbs back since july.

Portion control: Try portion control and keep a log and be accountable to a friend or colleague as for weight. Acitivity will help in your weight loss journey. Eating lots of vegetables can also help in weight loss, since they are low in calories, filling and high in nutrients. ...Read more