HomeAnswersDieticianweight gainI have gained 11 pounds in six months months despite avoiding heavy lunch and having a light dinner. Why?

What are the underlying causes of sudden weight gain?

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Neha Suryawanshi

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iCliniq medical review team

Published At November 21, 2023
Reviewed AtNovember 21, 2023

Patient's Query

Hello doctor,

I have gained 11 pounds in six months. I do not eat heavy food at lunch and have a very light dinner. But I am unable to lose this weight. Can you please explain the underlying causes of this sudden weight gain?

Thank you.

Answered by Neha Suryawanshi

Hello,

Welcome to icliniq.com.

You need to understand that there are a lot of things responsible for sudden weight gain like changes in lifestyle, hormonal changes, changes in meal patterns and timings, poor sleep, anxiety, depression, sedentary lifestyle, certain medications, and others . You can definitely lose this excess fat within 40 days by following a proper high-fiber, low-fat diet, followed by a detox diet. Drink plenty of water every day. Take small and frequent meals at regular intervals. Avoid outside food completely.

Thank you.

Patient's Query

Hello doctor,

Thank you for your reply.

I would also like to add one more thing, I have been doing intermediate fasting for the last six months, I do not eat anything from night 8 pm to the next day at 1 pm except a cup of coffee in the morning, and take my meals by 1 pm and 7.30 pm. But still, I did not observe any change. Also, drinking a lot of water. It makes my stomach bloat and gives me a heavy and uneasy feeling (tightness around the stomach area ). I want to try the diet plan as per your suggestion now. Could you please let me know on what basis this diet plan is designed? Do you need any extra information from my side?

Thank you for your time and consideration.

Answered by Neha Suryawanshi

Hello,

Welcome back to icliniq.com.

Intermittent fasting is not a balanced way to lose weight in the long run as it may result in nutritional deficiencies as it is not a completely balanced diet. So better to follow a high fiber low fat diet which should be adequate in proteins so that you will not lose muscle mass but actually lose the excess fat. Drink at least 3 to 3.5 liters of water throughout the day but you need to take regular sips in between instead of taking large amounts at a time which actually causes bloating and gives an uneasy feeling. Make sure that you exercise or walk at least 30 minutes daily along with 8 hours of sleep in the night.

1. Are you vegetarian or non-vegetarian?

2. Do you have any medical history?

3. Are you taking any medicine or supplements?

4. Do you have any recent reports?

Thank you.

Patient's Query

Hello doctor,

Sure I will try to follow your suggestions regarding drinking water at regular intervals to avoid bloating and exercise.

1. I am vegetarian.

2. No I do not have any sort of medical history as such.

3. No, I am not taking any medicine or supplements.

4. No I do not have any recent reports.

Thank you once again.

Answered by Neha Suryawanshi

Hello,

Welcome back to icliniq.com.

What is your height and present weight? What is your target weight?

Thank you.

Patient's Query

Hello doctor,

My height is 5 feet and 7 inches and my current weight is 174.16 pounds. I need to reach down to 154.32 pounds.

Thank you.

Answered by Neha Suryawanshi

Hello,

Welcome back to icliniq.com.

You need to follow a two-month diet (8-week diet plan of high fiber and low-fat diet) to get a good weight reduction

1st-week high-fiber and low-fat diet plan:

Morning: Three to four almonds, walnuts, and dates.

Breakfast: Green tea, sprouts, or mung bean.

Mid-morning: Fruits, 15 gms pumpkin seeds, and sunflower seeds.

Lunch: Two normal flatbreads with wheat bran powder, salad, or any green vegetable or mixed vegetables.

Evening: Lemon tea.

Dinner: Vegetable salad and soup.

Post dinner: One glass of cinnamon water.

You can adjust the timings of the meals according to your schedule but do not skip meals. Please ask me if you need any alternatives or if you have any queries.

Thank you.

Patient's Query

Hello doctor,

Thank you for the diet plan.

I want to ask if there is a specific time I must have dinner before sleeping. Is it possible to include rice items in the diet plan? Once or twice a week. I am in a working profession hence it would not be possible to take care of the diet at this criticality. Generally, I take my lunch in the office premises with two to three flatbreads and vegetables provided. And for dinner, I will try to maintain the diet.

Thank you.

Answered by Neha Suryawanshi

Hello,

Welcome back to icliniq.com.

There should be a gap of 2.5 hours before dinner and sleep. You can include cooked rice up to 30 gms with lunch.

Thank you.

Patient's Query

Hello doctor,

Should I take a blood test or TSH test to ensure that there are any biological symptoms related to my weight gain?

Thank you.

Answered by Neha Suryawanshi

Hello,

Welcome back to icliniq.com.

Yes, you can take a blood test.

Thank you.

Patient's Query

Hello doctor,

How is thyroid issue treated?

Thank you.

Answered by Neha Suryawanshi

Hello,

Welcome back to icliniq.com.

You can control thyroid issues buy managing your diet, doing daily exercise, and taking medications (if needed).

Thank you.

Patient's Query

Hello doctor,

Thank you for your response. I will get back to you if I have any queries.

Thank you.

Answered by Neha Suryawanshi

Hello,

Welcome back to icliniq.com

Yes, definitely you can ask me when you have any queries.

Thank you.

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Neha Suryawanshi
Neha Suryawanshi

Nutritionist

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