Men: 6 reasons you’ve suddenly gained weight

By Mens Health - February 26, 2021

Sometimes, you don’t have to think too hard about why you picked up a few extra pounds. Like all those “special occasions” (hey, it’s Tuesday night!) that involve special-occasion foods like wings and brownies. Or a crushing workload at the office or at home that doesn’t give you time to get up and move around. It’s super common. Small fluctuations in weight are rarely anything to worry about.


But other times, you accumulate some extra weight and don’t have a good explanation. You’re really at a loss to explain where those pounds came from.

If you’ve packed on 5 pounds or more in a matter of weeks—or even days—it’s time to take notice. “For a guy, five pounds is kind of—ding-ding—something’s going on here,” says Lawrence Cheskin, MD, director of the Johns Hopkins Weight Management Center.

Cheskin explains that weight fluctuations of five pounds or more are fairly typical among women, but not so much among men. Especially if your weight has been stable for months or years. What could be the cause of this sudden weight gain? Here are seven common explanations.

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