Common Medication Making You Gain Weight?
Last week I saw a patient who was having difficulty with losing weight. The young woman was in her thirties with little to no medical problems. The patient was very frustrated and wanted to start a treatment course of Mesotherapy to help facilitate her weight loss.
NOTE: Mesotherapy is a medical specialty which has gained popularity for treating weight gain and cellulite.
She has been steadily gaining weigh over the last three years. She knew of no reason why she was gaining weight and could not understand why this was happening. She was involved in a regular exercise program three to four times a week and was eating what she considered to be healthy. Her diet consisted primarily of protein and vegetables.
At the end of the visit and deciding she was a candidate for Mesotherapy, the patient casually mentioned she had a history of migraine headaches and she wanted to know if Mesotherapy would make her headaches worse.
I inquired about her headaches and how she was treating them. Her doctor put her on a course of Inderal 20mg once a day, which she has been taking for about three years. She was very happy with the success of the Inderal and even went as far as doubling her dose daily.
Suddenly the whole picture started to make sense. Three years ago she started taking Inderal, a medication which belongs in a class of drugs known as beta blockers. Beta blockers are routinely used to treat patients after heart attacks, high blood pressure, stage fright and apparently as prevention for migraine headaches.
Medications in this class block the beta receptor on the heart, which slows down the heart rate and decreases blood pressure. When prescribing these medications physicians tend to ignore the presence of Beta receptors on fat cells. The beta receptors on fat cells mediate the breakdown of fat. Once someone takes a beta blocker it indiscriminately blocks the beta receptor in the heart and on fat cells. This is the reason why patients taking this class of drugs find it extremely difficult to lose weight.
If you are taking a medication for high blood pressure or any cardiac disease you should look up the class of medication to see if it is a beta blocker. If it is, you may want to ask your doctor if it is possible to safely switch to another class of medications.
I have seen patients who were taken off beta blockers suddenly they started losing weight with diet and exercise, which was previously difficult to shed.
Pioneering the use of Mesotherapy in the U.S. to combat cellulite, Dr. Lionel Bissoon has helped thousands of women experience cellulite-free legs and buttocks. Complete with case studies, before-and-after photos and straightforward advice, his new book, The Cellulite Cure, offers hope to cottage cheese thighs everywhere. For more information, go to www.cellulite.md
September 4, 2008
Don’t Let Fear Stall Your Weight Loss
Fear can paralyze us... preventing us from accomplishing our dreams.
And that includes our dream to lose the extra weight and live a happier, healthier lifestyle.
In this Diet.com exclusive, Dr. Santi Meunier has advice for overcoming our fear.
Don’t Let Fear Stall Your Dreams
We have all known fear. For some of us fear is a constant companion, the underlying force in our lives that keeps us feeling “stuck” or “safe” as the case may be. Sometimes it has saved us from entering into a dangerous situation.
Other times it may have prevented us from pursuing something that could have been a life-changing opportunity. Fear can keep us from boarding airplanes, from falling in love, from losing weight, and perhaps the saddest of all, from fulfilling our true purpose here in this lifetime.
Fear insinuates itself into our emotional fiber, so the more power we give to it the more it demands. It speaks to us constantly, a catastrophic song about one thing or another, and we continue to listen.
What is this thing “fear” that lords over us, calling the shots and robbing us of our peace of mind? Who or what is it that speaks? Is it us? Are we the voice of fear? It can certainly feel like that sometimes.
Before we can begin to free ourselves from the grip of fear and its negative effects, we need to understand the true nature of fear.
In the beginning, we were given instincts to help us survive. We had a heightened sense of our environment so that we could nourish ourselves and procreate. As time went on we became more dependent upon machines and technology for our quality of life and survival. As a result, our instincts and senses diminished and our mental processes strengthened.
As we became more and more identified with our minds as our source of supply and safety, our thoughts and emotions carried more weight. Fear shifted its focus from our instinctual nature to our emotional nature.
It is the imbalance of our emotions that create toxic levels of fear.
We strengthen what we focus on. The more attention we give to fear the stronger it gets. The key to overcoming the debilitating affects of fear is to bring our emotional, instinctual and spiritual natures into balance and harmony.
Thankfully, there is another way to experience life that leads to a new freedom and happiness If you are sick and tired of being afraid, here are 3 simple steps to begin to free yourself from fear.
• Identify the fear.
What am I afraid of and why? It was President Franklin D. Roosevelt who said, “There is nothing to fear but fear itself.” Write or speak your fear. Bring it out into the open-expose it.
Example: I am losing weight and I am afraid that I will sabotage my success. In the past I have always gained the weight back. I am afraid of failing again.
• Disassemble the fear.
Make a plan of action that is in direct opposition to your fear.
Instead of reacting to what we fear, form an action that is based on what we desire.
Example: I am losing weight. The food plan I am following is working. My past behavior does not have to determine my future unless I and I alone allow it to. I just have to be willing to stay on track today. The fear of failure is a projection. If I stay in the now I will be all right.
Are you willing to do whatever you have to do, just for today, to stay on track regardless of your fear?
If the answer is YES, congratulations, your freedom has begun. Go do it and see how your attitude about fear begins to change.
If the answer is NO, then we have to break the fear down into manageable parts until we reach the desired result.
1. Write an inventory of your dieting patterns over the last year highlighting your strengths and what you have accomplished as a result of them.
2. Review your weaknesses (food triggers, emotional danger zones and self-defeating patterns). Make a plan to minimize their affects or to overcome them.
If late-night eating is a trigger make a plan to call someone (a diet buddy) at that time each night. Don’t be alone with your craving. It is a set-up to fail. If you are an emotional eater than it is important to journal and share with someone you trust what is really “eating” you.
3. Pray for the courage and the commitment to have the healthiest and most beautiful body you are can, one day at a time. Don’t compare. Accept your body. It is the only one we have to carry us through our journey in this lifetime.
4. Keep a food diary. People who do have more success than people who don’t.
• Change your relationship to fear.
Why does fear have such a powerful hold over us?
It has power only if we give it power. You can withdraw it at anytime. Make a declaration that you are in charge of your life, not your fear. You may have fear, but you are not fear.
As creative beings we are constantly re-creating ourselves. Unfortunately, many people create what they fear instead of what they want. You do have a choice. When you change your relationship with fear from slave to master, your life begins to change. Action is the key. We must act on what we desire for our highest good and well-being regardless of how afraid we may be.
The more we take positive action, the less we fear.
We are always affirming something in our mind. Make a decision to affirm what you want instead of what you fear: “I do not have to repeat negative patterns from my past. I can be on my side today."
Fear does not have to dominate our lives. Take positive action regardless of how fearful you may be. Not only will your life improve and your fears lessen, but your reputation with yourself will soar.
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Dr. Santi Meunier is an author and speaker, recognized for her unique style and her ground-breaking strategies for personal and professional growth. Her program, Practical Spirituality for Fearless Living, has helped thousands to enrich their lives and realize their dreams. For more information visit www.SantiMeunier.com.
July 28, 2008
Liquid Calories: The Scary Bottom Line
“Think before you drink!”
Great advice that no longer applies to just the act of driving after drinking alcohol.
A Washington Post feature issued that same warning after revealing the high calorie level of some coffee drinks, fruit smoothies, soft drinks and shakes.
Even though warm weather can make you thirsty for a refreshing, cool drink, think twice before sipping a drink that packs upward of 600 calories.
That’s a price I’m not willing to pay to quench my thirst!
As a nutrition expert, I’m well aware of the problems that excessive liquid calories can bring. But this article got me thinking about how our bad economy could also be impacting our drinking habits.
The financial costs of coffee drinks, fruit smoothies, soft drinks, shakes and alcoholic beverages have been rising along with food costs and gas prices.
Collectively, these extra costs (both in calories and cents) should give dieters pause at fast food counters, restaurants, bars, Starbucks, ice cream shops and the like.
No one likes to live under budgetary constraints but I do think that money speaks louder than calories in helping us make good decisions.
For many people, changing drinking habits will go a long way toward helping them better manage their weight – and their pocketbook.
Consider using the money saved toward the purchase of a tap water filter which will mean less money spent on bottled water.
July 8, 2008