You’re diligent about sticking to your nutrition and fitness routine, but do your weight-loss goals still seem far off? Or worse, do you feel like the scale is tipping in the opposite direction? Instead of making more tweaks to your diet and workout regimen, consider taking a look at your medicine cabinet first.
“Weight gain is a very common side effect for many standard medications,” says Charlie Seltzer, M.D., C.S.C.S., who specializes in weight loss and exercise physiology. In his practice, he evaluates all the factors contributing to health and weight, including medical conditions, stress, sleep, and busy work schedules. (Related: 108 Most Popular Sodas Ranked By How Toxic They Are.)
For many people, medications are an overlooked contributor to weight gain, he says, mainly because the pounds can creep on slowly. There are four major types that are commonly