several bowel movements a day and gaining weight
I have been about 135-138 lbs (5'6" female) for 4-5 years at least, with really no weight loss or gain. If I gain a little for some reason, it's a lb or two and usually levels off without trying.
Within the past approx 4 months or so, I began gaining weight. I don't really see any correlation between eating or anything else. It has been steadily increasing, and now I'm at about 152. I haven't been this heavy in probably 7 yrs at least.
Along with that, I am having several bowel movements a day. This doesn't happen every single day, but enough to notice. It is a smaller amount than what it would be if I went once a day, or every other day, which was my normal. Sometimes, it will only be a very small amount, but 3-5 times a day.
I am just wondering if there is any known problem that could be causing both of these issues?
I have slightly low blood sugar and so I don't do well fasting, or I would just do that to lose some of the weight that has been piling on. I eat a good amount of protein (soy, bean, etc, not meat), because that keeps the blood sugar stable, so that means a lot of fiber too, but my body has been used to that and I never had this many bowel movements before.
Any information or comments would be helpful. Thanks