MEDICATION PREVENTING WEIGHT LOSS
QI am doing everything right but I am not losing weight. Could it be the medication I’m on for anxiety?
AWell, a lot of medicines that are prescribed for treating conditions such as anxiety, hypertension, allergies, depression, inflammation etc, make it difficult for your body to lose weight.
Some of them also cause weight gain and it is your doctor’s responsibility to inform you about this. Beta-blockers, anti-depressants and steroids such as prednisone and hydrocortisone (not inhaled), some antihistamines, certain medications for fibromyalgia and diabetes can make rapid weight loss very difficult. If you have no choice but to take the prescribed medication, don’t give up. There are a lot of things you can do with your diet that will help you with inch loss as a result of reduced inflammation.
Once you start the medication you should understand that you will not gain weight overnight, but if you do not tweak your lifestyle habits to accommodate the side effects of your medication then it might lead to a lot of frustration when you are trying to lose weight.
A great way to keep yourself motivated during this process is to stop checking your weight on the scales and go by your inches instead.
RASHI CHOWDHARY is a nutritionist, diabetes educator and creator of The Protein Bake Shop