What are the most common causes of swelling and weight gain?

Bloating and weight gain, when they occur together, are usually caused by too much sodium in the diet. Eating too much salt on a daily basis can cause a person to retain water, which quickly leads to bloating. Fortunately, weight gain caused by a high-sodium diet is one of the easiest types of weight to lose, simply by making a few dietary changes and reading labels when shopping for food at the grocery store.

There are a few other medical problems that can cause bloating and weight gain, including gallbladder problems, as well as a few different medications. Birth control pills can also easily cause these problems, and they are common when a woman has premenstrual syndrome (PMS). The swelling itself is a temporary condition and should resolve fairly quickly. If not, a visit to a health professional may be to rule out any medical cause.

Mainly, however, the main cause of bloating and its associated weight gain is a diet high in salt, which leads to water retention and problems such as high blood pressure. Salt is found in many prepackaged and prepared foods, and is often found in large amounts in restaurant meals as well. Even if a person does not add extra salt to meals, it is hidden in many foods. Microwave dinners, for example, are loaded with sodium, as are canned vegetables and other foods. Bloating can also sometimes be caused by eating high-fiber foods, but this usually shouldn't cause weight gain.

When an individual cuts down on salt and starts drinking more water, it is possible to lose weight from water retention quite quickly. Sometimes changing a birth control prescription to a different brand or pill formulation can also help. There are several different manufacturers of birth control pills, and it may take some trial and error before you find one that works well without causing unpleasant side effects.

Many people find that changing their diet and increasing the amount of exercise they get each day are the best ways to prevent bloating and weight gain. People should take note if any specific foods seem to cause bloating; Soda, for example, often causes gas to build up in the stomach, and it's also quite high in sodium. Water or iced tea is a better beverage choice. If the weight gain is caused by medication, a health professional may prescribe a different medication or offer suggestions on how to offset unpleasant side effects.

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