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I keep gaining weight, but I don't eat much, is there a medical reason for this?

I keep gaining weight, but I don't eat much, is there a medical reason for this?

Possibly: Hypothyroidism (low thyroid hormone), cushing's syndrome (too much cortisol), med side effects, inactivity, fluid retention; there are many reasons why weight could increase despite not eating much. Regardless, apart from retaining too much fluid (eg. Congestive heart failure), if weight is increasing, it is because the number of calories exceeds the body's need. ...Read more

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What could be the reason for not gaining weight?

What could be the reason for not gaining weight?

Multi-factorial: In its simplest explanation, to gain weight you need to take in more calories than you are using. This will vary depending on your current weight, stature, and development. Discuss this with your doctor who can review your growth curve to help guide you. ...Read more

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For what reason is my son gaining weight?

For what reason is my son gaining weight?

Weight gain: You son can gain weight by 3 methods. He could be gaining weight to increased fat production due to ingesting too many calories. He could also gain weight due to muscle (m) formation due to his exercising and increasing his m mass. He could also be forming edema, water, that would increase his weight. A pound (p) of water weighs the same as a p of fat or muscle. Which do you think is the cause? ...Read more

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Is there a reason why I am gaining weight if I exercise and eat right?

Questions!: What is eating "right?" many people think they are but are not. But, apart from that issue, exercising increases plasma volume (2-3 lbs), and will add muscle mass. This may be hiding body fat loss! I always measure body fat for patients on a diet/exercise program to document this! I would have this done, because cyou want to see increased leaness, not fat%. ...Read more

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I am gaining weight and fat very drastically. What might be the reason.

Carbs: Usually, carbohydrates are the culprit. See if you carbs are too high in your diet. Count calories and exercise more to burn off more calories than you take in. Underlying conditions like thyroid disorders, diabetes, depression, can all make you gain weight too. See doc for eval if you keep gaining and can not lose. Good luck to you. ...Read more

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Hello. I wanna know what's the real reason for someone who had problem in gaining weight? And is there any way for hardgainer to gain weight?

Hello. I wanna know what's the real reason for someone who had problem in gaining weight? And is there any way for hardgainer to gain weight?

Doctor can evaluate: If one is truly underweight (based on height, family background, and body type), a Dr. can evaluate for a hormonal, digestive, or other disorder. If no medical cause is found, then one can add weight by eating more calories of nutritious foods, while also doing weight-training to increase muscle. Proteins: egg white, chicken breast, salmon, ... Better fats: olive oil, peanuts, almonds, tofu, .... ...Read more

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What can be the reason for breaking out and gaining weight?

What can be the reason for breaking out and gaining weight?

Possibly hirsute sum: For a female this is often a symptom of overproduction of androgen, or male-type hormones. A condition caused polycystic ovarian disorder often causes these symptoms, along with very sporadic menstrual cycles. Check this out with your doctor; typical evaluation may include hormone levels and a pelvic ultrasound. Good luck! ...Read more

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Any reason why am i not gaining weight if I eat 2500 calories a day?

Any reason why am i not gaining weight if I eat 2500 calories a day?

Energy balance: The most likely reason is that either you are not eating as many calories as you think you are, or you are expending energy at a rate that is similar to your intake. It may be that you need more calories to match your daily energy use. ...Read more

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Is there a reason why I am gaining weight from eating healthy and working out?

Is there a reason why I am gaining weight from eating healthy and working out?

Food & thyroid check: You may be eating healthy but still eating too much. Check your portion size, particularly portions of high carb fruits and veggies.
Drink adequate water to burn fat. Muscle is heavier than fat, so you may have extra weight by fat conversion. Have your thyroid tested and be sure your TSH is less than 3.0 for optional thyroid function in your body. ...Read more

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Is there a reason why I am gaining weight when I am working out and eating healthy?

Is there a reason why I am gaining weight when I am working out and eating healthy?

Too many possibles: First get a physical check up and blood work to rule out matters like hypothyroidism first, then if all is ok, a nutritionsit consultation to examine what you are doing/not doing. ...Read more

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Lately I've been off my food, tired, gaining weight for no reason and sharp pains in the upper right adomen what could it be?

Lately I've been off my food, tired, gaining weight for no reason and sharp pains in the upper right adomen what could it be?

Cannot diagnose: You need to be seen by a doctor and fully evaluated. Not all of your symptoms seem to fit a specific single pattern, but without more data it is impossible to say. Go see your pcp and they may refer you to a GI doctor. This can be gall bladder disease, but you are a little young for that. Good luck. ...Read more

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I'm gaining weight quickly w/o any reason. I had a med change 6 months ago, but I am no longer on that med. Scared it could be cancer? Is this a sx?

weight gain: Some medications can cause retention of fluids, but an unexplained gain in weight should be further evaluated by your physician to rule out something more serious and, at the very least, a possible change in medication. ...Read more

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My normal bp is 100/60. Last yr, it dropped. Recently, at my annual dr visit, it was 82/49. They took it twice to be sure. I workout a lot. I am gaining weight-10 lbs in 6 mos. Reason for concern?

My normal bp is 100/60.  Last yr, it dropped.  Recently, at my annual dr visit, it was 82/49.  They took it twice to be sure.  I workout a lot.  I am gaining weight-10 lbs in 6 mos.  Reason for concern?

In general,: Low BP is not concerning if you have no symptoms of fainting or lightheadedness assuming your other vital signs are normal. But 82 is pretty drastically low. Take your BPs at home to get an average figure and show it to your doctor for specific advice. ...Read more

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Is there a reason why I am gaining weight while breast feeding?

Is there a reason why I am gaining weight while breast feeding?

Overeating: You can maintain or loose weight while breast feeding if you eat a balanced diet & consume a calorie load based on your pre-pregnancy weight. Do not eat for two. You are more likely to over do it. Take pre-natal vitamins and plenty of fluids. The breast will figure out what baby needs and take that from your body. ...Read more

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What could be the reason for not gaining weight despite good diet anemia celiac disease?

What could be the reason for not gaining weight despite good diet anemia celiac disease?

Malabsorption: If your celiac disease is not fully under control you are not likely to gain weight. Presence of anemia and lack of weight gain both suggest that the disease is not under control. Please consult your doctor about your diet. ...Read more

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I have a problem. I throw up for no reason ans I have frequent diareah yet I am still gaining weight. Why is this?

I have a problem. I throw up for no reason ans I have frequent diareah yet I am still gaining weight. Why is this?

Medical exam needed.: Understandably you are concerned, yet without further history & medical exam & probable labwork any proposed answer for your situation is but a guess. Symptoms without an apparent cause bears closer examination--especially since this situation is obviously triggering concern not to mention havoc in your daily life. Do yourself a favor, call your md. ...Read more

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I've been getting headaches and gaining weight for no reason, don't eat much, my aunt died of a brain tumor, is it possible I could have one?

I've been getting headaches and gaining weight for no reason, don't eat much, my aunt died of a brain tumor, is it possible I could have one?

Headache causes: There are many causes of headache. Given symptoms of headache and weight gain, possible that there could be something affecting the pituitary gland. This is something that should be discussed with your physician who would likely arrange for some form of brain imaging study. ...Read more