October 4, 2022
What leads to overnight weight gain? Nutritionist nails the top 6 mistakes

What leads to overnight weight gain? Nutritionist nails the top 6 mistakes


It is very important to be aware of what you are eating, the portion size, and the intake so that it helps with the desired weight loss

Photo : iStock

If you have been trying to lose weight, one thing that most of us know is that a calorie deficit is required for weight loss. This means you need to burn more calories than you consume. At the same time, while consuming too many calories can keep you from losing weight, having too few calories can make you hungry and reduce your metabolism and muscle mass.
It can get really puzzling and one may begin to wonder if one has been following a misguided or outdated plan. Also, as Shivani Sikri, Chief Nutritionist and Wellness Expert at Nutri4Verve points out, it is mainly bad eating habits and lack of physical activity that lead to weight gain — apart from some exceptional cases where medical reasons (hormonal, metabolic problems or genetic diseases) are the cause.

Here are the top 6 reasons that may end up causing your best-laid weight loss plans to waste, causing you to instead GAIN weight – points out Shivani Sikri, Chief Nutritionist and Wellness Expert at Nutri4Verve.

Top six reasons you gained weight overnight..

1/6 – You don’t get enough sleep

A lack of sleep inevitably leads to a lack of energy. If you feel tired, your physical activity is reduced or poorly performed. In addition, the increase in cortisol, the stress hormone, under the effect of a lack of sleep will also increase your appetite, especially for sweet products. At the same time, cortisol promotes insulin resistance, the body will secrete more.

But insulin is our storage hormone: the more we produce, the more we “make fat”.

2/6 – You snack before sleeping

Whether you eat dinner early or skip this meal, avoid succumbing to snacking before sleeping. The calories ingested may cause a surplus of unnecessary energy. You will gain weight and have difficulty falling asleep.

3/6 – You skip the evening meal

Not eating at dinner is a bad solution for losing weight. On the contrary: missing a meal during your day slows down your metabolism. Your hunger will intensify upon waking, as will your craving for sugary and fatty foods. The reason? Your body being deprived seeks by all means to store reserves to compensate.

4/6 – Your dinner is too rich

Eating large quantities at dinner increases the risk of weight gain. Your digestion will be slower and you will not reap the benefits of the nutrients you have consumed. They will not be assimilated correctly by your body.

5/6 – You use your phone before sleeping

The blue light projected by your phone disturbs your sleep. In the long term, this fatigue leads to weight gain. The idea is to stop looking at the computer or television screen an hour before sleeping.

6/6 – You drink alcohol

If alcohol remains recognized as a caloric drink, it also plays a negative role in your sleep. Drinking alcohol in the evening disrupts your biological clock and causes weight gain over time.

Disclaimer: Tips and suggestions mentioned in the article are for general information purposes only and should not be construed as professional medical advice. Always consult your doctor or a dietician before starting any fitness programme or making any changes to your diet.