Sometimes we can't figure out why we are gaining weight or not losing weight when sticking to a diet program. The only likely excuse when you feel like you are eating or at least not eating more than you normally do, but you are still gaining weight. Every time you step on the scale, the numbers seem to inch up by a few ounces and before you know it those ounces turn to a pound or two and keeps steadily increasing. Why are you gaining weight? Could it be due to your metabolism? Your metabolism is basically responsible for burning off calories. There are many things that are involved is how fast or slow your metabolism works such as your age, gender and the amount of lean muscle you have in your body. If you are consuming less calories than you are burning, your hunch could be correct, it may be your metabolism is to blame.

Start by having a complete physical examination performed. You doctor should be able to determine if you have a less than energetic metabolism.

Diabetes can cause your metabolism to slow down to a crawl. Researchers believe that because diabetics have high glucose levels in their bodies, the glucose is perceived by the body as excess energy, in turn causing a slow down of the metabolism. Blood and urine tests will reveal if you are a diabetic. Medication, a change in diet and exercise can be prescribed to treat diabetes. Prescription medication will on the severity of your glucose levels.

Hypothyroidism is a condition in which your thyroid gland doesn't function properly. People with hypothyroidism often feel tired and they experience weight gain or the inability to lose weight. A blood test will show if your thyroid is functioning properly. If the cause of you sluggish metabolism is hypothyroidism, medication prescribed by your doctor will help to get your thyroid back to normal levels and rev up your metabolism.

Daily medications can have an impact on your metabolic rate. If you suspect your medication may be the culprit for your sluggish metabolism, speak to your doctor about alternative medications. Some anti-depressant medications have weight gain and a slowed metabolism as a primary side effect. Do not stop prescribed medication without first consulting your physician.

Age is definitely a factor which affects the metabolic rate. At about age 40, your metabolism will slow as part of the natural aging process. This means in order to maintain your weight or lose weight, your exercise has to be increased by more than when you were in your 20's. You calories also need to be cut, but they need to stay reasonable and never below 1200 calories per day unless specifically controlled by your doctor. Not eating or cutting calories too low causes your metabolism to slow down even more drastically.

Unfortunately, you may just be genetically predisposed to having a slow metabolism. There really isn't much you can to correct that, but it doesn't mean you should give up. With self control a daily exercise you can keep you weight down and lose weight.