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Eating little and gaining weight? It's frustrating, here's why it happens

Some people notice a strong weight gain in conjunction with periods of diets or diet regimes that, theoretically, should make them lose weight: is this strange? No, in fact, it is a much more common condition than one might think.

Weight gain is basically the difference between the calories assimilated through food and the calories spent during the day through physical activity, metabolism and other factors. If you are on a low-calorie diet, and you notice an increase in weight, there could be various reasons.

From a change in metabolism to exercise, this is why even those on a strict diet may find themselves gaining weight.

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Why you gain weight when you are dieting
Some people notice a strong weight gain in conjunction with periods of diets or diet regimes that, theoretically, should make them lose weight: is this strange? No, in fact, it is a much more common condition than one might think.
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Why this could happen
Weight gain is basically the difference between the calories assimilated through food and the calories spent during the day due to physical activity, metabolism and also other factors. If you are on a low-calorie diet, and you notice an increase in weight, there could be various reasons. From a change in metabolism to exercise, this is why even those on a strict diet may find themselves gaining weight.
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The importance of basal metabolic rate
Basal metabolism refers to the amount of calories your body is able to burn at rest in order to maintain basic biological functions. If you have a reduced basal metabolic rate, your body will be able to burn fewer calories at rest, thus making it easier to gain weight even with reduced calorie intake.
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The syndrome of metabolic slowdown
This syndrome is nothing more than a natural survival method that the human body has at its core. In cases of prolonged periods of time in which few calories are consumed, the body slows down its metabolism for its own survival, and to try, therefore, to burn as few calories as possible. Thus, with this syndrome, even with a diet, few calories will still be burnt, making weight loss very difficult.
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The underestimation of metabolic apposition
If a person absolutely wants to lose weight, it is necessary to know the metabolic intake of some kind of food. It is not important to eat little, if the food consumed then has a disproportionate amount of calories in it. You only maintain a sense of hunger, but channel a lot of calories that do not allow weight loss. Mind you, this is a matter of study and awareness.
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From fat to muscle mass
Muscle weighs more than fat. If one is following a certain diet, and one notices an increase in weight or otherwise its non-reduction, this may be due to the fact that, by replacing fat with muscle mass, one does not lose weight, yet one has a different body shape. In the case of intense training, which is not specifically cardio, it is difficult to notice any real weight loss that is significant.
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Emotional factors
Emotional and hormonal aspects can influence body weight. Stress, anxiety and hormonal imbalance can contribute to weight gain independently of calorie intake. These factors can influence appetite, hunger and metabolism, making the weight management process more complex.
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19/04/2024
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