Consistent weight changes are typical. Perhaps you eat more than usual during special occasions and put on a little weight, or perhaps you have stomach sickness and lose a few pounds—a small change on the scale is normal and nothing to worry about.
While gaining or losing a few pounds during the year is typical, several studies suggest that you should visit a doctor if you lose more than 5% of your body weight in less than six months without making any changes to your diet or engaging in any physical activity. Significant weight loss cannot occur for no reason.
It’s common to gain a few pounds while on vacation and then lose some after getting a stomach ailment. However, if you have a significant weight loss without a clear cause, it might indicate a dangerous underlying medical issue.
You have a thyroid condition.
According to Dr. Cappola, weight loss is a side consequence of hyperthyroidism or an overactive thyroid. This suggests that your thyroid—the butterfly-shaped organ in your neck that controls your digestion and growth—is draining such a significant amount of chemicals, causing a lot of alterations to your body.
Except for diarrhea, celiac disease is an autoimmune condition linked to gluten that can cause weight loss. The pancreas, which makes digestive enzymes, becomes problematic due to this condition. Celiac disease symptoms include dark-colored feces, nausea after eating fatty foods, and stomach pain.
Weight loss may occur when diabetes develops. Other warning signs include frequent urination and excessive thirst. You must urinate away the glucose since your body cannot absorb it. Your body uses your muscles as a source of energy when you have diabetes, which causes you to lose weight quickly.
Perhaps you have pancreatitis.
According to Dr. Wakim- Fleming, problems with your pancreas, which creates substances that aid absorption, can cause unexplained weight loss. According to The National Pancreas Foundation, people with chronic pancreatitis, a condition in which the pancreas becomes inflamed, typically gain more weight right away because the body is unable to produce enough catalysts for standard food processing. Look for after-effects of eating oily food sources, such as nausea, loose stools, stains in the stool, or stomach problems.
Loss of desire is a common sign of severe depression and might hasten unexplained weight loss if you are unaware that your emotional outbursts are something more authentic. Dr. Cappola explains that in many situations, the person is so mired in the recession that they fail to see when they are improving. Other typical symptoms of depression include peevishness, drinking, hesitancy, and sleep problems. Erica Martin Richards, M.D., Ph.D., Chair & Medical Director, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Health, Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington, DC, claims that people of color are half as likely as white women to seek care for emotional well-being difficulties.
Your body weight fluctuation is average. However, something else may be going on if you’re losing weight without altering your behaviors. Visit your doctor if you lose 5 percent of your body weight in 6 to 12 months or if you suffer any of the symptoms listed above.