Life is complicated, and whether you’re a Wall Street broker or a fishing guide from Wyoming, you're probably like the rest of us and truly want to be the best man you can be. Balancing everything is challenging at the best of times. But when you’re trying to do everything right and still have unexplained weight gain, it can feel downright impossible.

The good news is that there is a reason for this unexplained weight gain. Thousands of men have already discovered the solution to weight gain by going through FF30X. If you're having unexplained weight gain, and you're eating healthy foods, it's likely you have overlooked something.

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How Eating Healthily Can Still Lead To Unexplained Weight Gain

It may seem difficult to believe, but not all fruits and vegetables are going to help you remain slim or lose weight. The issue is that we are taught that fruits and vegetables are good for you. In fact, many diet plans encourage you to eat as much of them as possible.

Unfortunately, they can be calorie and sugar dense leading you to gain weight:

  • legumes and beans unexplained weight gainBeans & legumes are protein and nutrient-dense. A cup of lentils can have 227 calories in it.
  • Sweet corn has a high glycaemic index. This will cause your blood sugar levels to spike, encouraging fat storage and hunger after a few hours.
  • Potatoes are high in carbohydrates. Eat too many of them, and the carbohydrates will provide unneeded energy, which will be stored as fat.
  • 1 large avocado has an average of 332 calories.
  • 1 cup of dried dates has 414 calories.

These are just a few of the healthy foods you eat and are encouraged to eat. But consider this, the average man needs to consume 2,500 calories a day. You can check your exact maintenance with our calorie counter.

If you eat just one avocado and a cup of lentils, you’re already a fifth of the way there. Add in some dried dates, and you’re nearly halfway to your maintenance amount.

The only way to eat healthily and maintain your weight is by using the perfect plate regime, avoid heavy snacking between meals, and practice moderation.

How BMI Can Help Track Your Progress

You can calculate your Body Mass Index (BMI) by knowing your height and weight and entering them into a BMI calculator.

doctor weighing man unexplained weight gainA healthy BMI is considered to be between 18.5 and 24.9.

Knowing what you are and checking regularly will help you to establish if you are gaining fat or muscle.

However, it is not 100% accurate as your level of activity and build also play a part.

It is advisable to measure your waist, just above the hips, after you have let your breath out. A waist size over 40 inches will increase your risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes.

Alongside these two techniques, you should be confirming whether any weight gain is fat or muscle. You can do this by:

  • Assessing how much skin you can pinch. Record it and check again at least weekly.
  • If your clothes are getting looser, but the scales are going up, you’re gaining muscle. The opposite works as well.
  • Get tested by a professional.

Grazing Adds More Pounds Than You Realize

Most healthy eating plans allow you to have a snack mid-morning and one again in the afternoon. However, if you are not monitoring what you are snacking on, you could be adding far more calories than you realize.

snack appleThe high-calorie nature of some foods has already been illustrated above.

Add to this the opportunity to eat out at a buffet or picking while preparing food, and you’ll be surprised at just how quickly you can consume more calories than you need.

The answer is to start a food journal. Record everything you eat, and you’ll quickly discover exactly how many calories you’re eating and what is causing them to stack up.

The simple fact is that any calories over your maintenance amount will contribute to an increase in body fat.

Record the calories you are consuming to help you snack properly and avoid overeating.

Other Reasons for Unexplained Weight Gain

There are several other reasons that you should be aware of that can cause you to gain weight even when trying to eat healthily:

Skipping Breakfast

Studies have shown that skipping breakfast is more likely to leave you feeling hungry during the day. This increases the potential to snack and adds a significant number of calories.

If your snacks are high calories, they can also be full of addictive sugar, which makes it difficult to break the habit.

Start by eating breakfast every morning, even if it's just a few grams of protein.

Lack Of Movement

You need to exercise for at least 1 hour every day in order to keep your metabolism burning efficiently and burn calories.

This doesn’t have to be strenuous heart-pounding exercise. You can take a walk or even get a walking desk. Just aim to do 10,000 steps a day.

A pedometer or app on your phone will help to ensure you achieve your target steps.

Insufficient Sleep

man sleeping unexplained weight gainSleep is the time when your body unwinds and balances its hormone levels. If you don’t get enough sleep, then your body will not have the opportunity to reduce your hunger cravings and raise the hormone that tells you your stomach is full.

Of course, this will result in you feeling hungry and snacking more during the day.

Aim to get between 6 and 8 hours of sleep every night.

Prescription Medication

It is worth having a look at your prescription medicine to see what the side effects are. This is something that is often overlooked.

You may find that one of the side effects is weight gain. Of course, you can’t stop taking your medication, but you can talk to your doctor and research the best ways to counteract the effects of the medicine.

Dehydration

Splashing water from glass unexplained weight gainYour body is 60% water. If you didn’t drink enough and were dehydrated before you weighed yourself for the first time, then it’s likely the next time you weigh yourself, you’ll have gained weight.

This may be just water weight, which is why it is important to monitor your weight over several days before confirming you’ve gained weight.

Gut Microbiome Imbalance

A healthy digestive track should have an abundance of beneficial bacteria. However, it is possible to have an imbalance or deficiency of bacteria. Research shows gut bacteria play a role in weight gain.

To help promote a healthy stomach, you should take beneficial pre-biotics and pro-biotics.

Hormone Levels

natural-testosterone-supplements-that-work-blog-postIf you have unexplained weight gain, there are a number of medical issues that could be causing it. It is possible that your hormone levels are not balanced correctly. This can affect your ability to absorb nutrients and use energy.

It is worth having your hormone levels checked to ensure there are no issues. It is surprising how much of a difference this can make.

How to Beat Unexplained Weight Gain

Sir Francis Bacon is attributed to saying, “Knowledge is power.” Although he actually used the Latin text, which translates as “knowledge itself is power.”

This is very true when it comes to unexplained weight gain. Knowing how it occurs will allow you to modify your eating habits and even your exercise routine to prevent weight gain and even reverse the process.

Alongside knowledge, you need motivation, determination, and support. That’s what we at the Fit Father Project are here to provide you with the support and answers you need to make weight loss and a healthy lifestyle possible.

Join the FF4L today and meet the hundreds of other fathers who are winning the battle against the bulge. If they can do it, so can you!

stuart-headshotStuart Carter
Head Training Staff, The Fit Father Project

Brotherhood Nickname: “The Fit Brit”
Bragging Rights: 16 Years in the fitness industry, Author of ‘The Easy Fitness Guide', Father of 4 boys and Husband to a Venezuelan beauty.

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*Please know that weight loss results & health changes/improvements vary from individual to individual; you may not achieve similar results. Always consult with your doctor before making health decisions. This is not medical advice – simply very well-researched info on unexplained weight gain and how to solve it.