Root of Weight Gain

Published: July 01, 2014
Dear TeenHealthFX,

Over the past 2-3 years I have gone from 86 lbs to just over 120 lbs. However, my body looks almost the same - and I have compared pictures and other people agree that I look the same. For about a year now, I've been quite careful with what I eat (I'm a vegetarian) and have been working out a lot (I do a leg routine, butt routine, ab routine, arm routine, and 15-20 minute run everyday). I don't understand where this weight all came from. I was extremely underweight before, so I don't mind that I'm at 120 lbs now. However, I need to know the root of the weight gain so I don't exceed my current weight. Thank you for your help.

Dear Root of Weight Gain,

As long as you are a healthy weight there really isn’t anything to worry about. It is not unusual for people’s metabolism to change over time which can slow down the burning of calories. Keep in mind that you gained this weight over a 2-3 year period of time so it really can’t be considered a radical change. 

Your exercise routine seems to be appropriate to maintain good health. It can be good to vary your routine from time to time but you really do not need to increase the intensity of it. 

Being a vegetarian can be a very healthy choice. Just bear in mind that since vegetarians eliminate certain foods from their diets, they often need to work to add foods into their diet that will provide the nutrients found in meat products. By eating a variety of foods including fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, you can get nutrients you need from non–meat sources. Vegans need to pay special attention to getting enough iron, calcium, vitamin D, and vitamin B12. It is important that you find new sources so that you meet your dietary needs. 

If you continue to have concerns or find that you are thinking about the situation a lot, it would be a good idea to check with your doctor so that you can be reassured that everything is okay.

Signed: TeenHealthFX