Many people scoff at the idea that hormones or medications can cause weight gain, but for those of us that have experienced it, the frustration is real. Sadly, there are many side effects to necessary medications, and medically, our hormones are what control much of our weight. So, changes in both can create a frustrating issue with weight gain or an inability to lose weight easily. If this is the case for you, the tips and thoughts in this post will give encouragement and guidance on how to deal with this on a daily basis.
How To Cope With Hormone & Medication Related Weight Gain
Talk to your doctor about options: In the case of medication-related weight gain, there are often multiple options for a condition that can have the same result. That mans you may be able to switch medications if you find one is causing weight gain. However, doing so is something you want to think carefully about and do so only under a doctor's supervision.
Some of the common medications that cause weight gain are antidepressants, diabetes medications, steroids, and anti-inflammatories. Since each of these is prescribed for a specific reason that shouldn't go untreated, it is important to follow prescribed orders. These are medications you can't drop from your routine without tapering off, nor should you go without them completely.
In some cases, specifically with hormones, you may be able to take a natural course of treatment. Instead of using medications, there are often natural supplements that can help you regulate your hormones. However, you need to be aware of all possible effects and talk at length with your doctor for safety.
Focus on improving eating habits: While you are working with your doctor about how to manage your medication or hormonal imbalance, it is important to not give up on eating healthier. While there are many diet plans out there, and we have shared our favorites with you, it is really about fueling your body. Having a good balance of healthy fruits, vegetables, and lean protein is vital to building you body back to health. Avoid processed foods, saturated fats, and overeating. Even if the number on the scale isn't moving, you'll be able to see a difference in your health by giving your body the proper fuel it needs.
Focus on increased or more focused exercise: Continue your fitness routine, and work with a trainer to focus on your problem areas. Increasing your stamina is important to make sure you are truly building your health. Include more focused strength training, and work on longer endurance times with cardio exercises.
These tips will help you to focus and cope with weight gain that is beyond your control while still building a healthier body. Remember, it is not about the number on the scale, but about the overall health you are creating.