Why the Weight?

It’s hard enough to drop extra pounds. But stealth causes, such as fatigue or stress, can make it even more challenging. If your waistline has expanded unexpectedly — or your efforts to lose are not paying off — one of these triggers just might be the culprit.

Certain medications, including antidepressants, steroids, and other prescription drugs, sometimes cause weight gain. Talk to your doctor about changing the dose or treatment.

Sleep deprivation can disrupt your body’s hormone balance and hunger patterns.

Stress can be brought on by work, traffic, the weather, family issues… the list goes on. When chronic, it can lead to overeating and unhealthy food choices.

If you suspect your love handles might be hanging around because of too little shut-eye and too much of everything else, try these 2-for-1 techniques:

Get moving. Regular exercise can make your nights more restful and your days less stressful.

Decaffeinate. Coffee, tea, and colas can keep you up at night and may increase anxiety.

Relax, relax, relax. It might seem obvious, but it’s often neglected in the daily rush of tasks and appointments. Try different things — meditation, a hot bath, herbal tea, or a massage — to see what best calms you down.

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