Does your doctor speak to you about these 3 scary obesity-causing things or he prescribes them?
Sometimes doctors can't give you the best weight loss advice for legal reasons. They're probably aware of clinical and university studies finding that common things you're using or doing are making you fat without you realizing it -- but they can't tell you because it would be illegal or unprofessional. Here are three more weight-gaining things your doctor won't tell you to avoid.
Religion is a red area for doctors. They can't tell you to pray or worship, and that it's unhealthy if you don't. Science has yet to ultimately prove supernatural beings exist, thus your doctor can't condone them.
Studies show that praying can heal you. Religious people are, on average, happier than the non-religious. Being happier promotes weight loss. But you're doctor can't tell you it's healthier to be religious.
Praying also helps you lose weight by boosting your metabolism. Researchers found that when you're concentrating on praying or meditating in a relaxed state, it increases the expression of genes involved in your energy metabolism. They also found that prayer has an enhancing effect on your mitochondria's functions. Your mitochondria is primarily responsible for breaking down sugar (after it's been converted to pyruvate).
Try it: Pray daily and you'll be happier and burn more sugar and fat. It only takes a few minutes a day!
According to Dr. Louis Aronne, M.D. of Cornell's medical center, your prescription medication could make you gain weight even if your calorie intake hasn't increased and you're keeping up with your exercise.
If you're suffering from clinical depression, you're probably taking selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). SSRIs can increase your appetite, and make you eat when you're not hungry. If you're taking SSRIs long term and succumb to these cravings, you'll gain weight over time. Since being overweight worsens depression, SSRIs may ironically worsen your depression in the long run.
Try it: Dr. Aronne advises you to take antidepressants that affect dopamine instead, like Wellbutrin. These actually lower your cravings and appetite, helping you lose weight instead! You can try natural remedies too, like drinking chamomile and dark chocolate, that relieve anxiety. Also, vanilla yogurt has been found to make you happy and boost your positive emotions. Unlike pharmaceutical antidepressants, eating yogurt everyday protects your digestive system and can cure your depression too!
Common diabetes medications cause weight gain, like Avandia, Actos, Diabeta, Glynase, and Glucotrol. According to Dr. Aronne, doctors don't realize these medications cause weight gain, which is a significant risk factor for diabetes.
Try it: Dr. Aronne advises you to take Fortamet, Glucophage, Glucophage XR, Glumetza, Januvia, and Symlin instead. You can also try natural remedies for diabetes, like drinking a glass of water mixed with a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar. Drinking tart cherry juice regularly has also been found to treat diabetes.
Your Frying Pan
Non-stick frying pans are easier to clean and hassle-free when it comes to cooking. But researchers found that teflon causes weight gain in children. It's also been found to cause kidney cancer. Teflon's even bad for the environment – the EPA strongly urges a teflon ban.
Sounds like cooking with teflon (or even being around it) is a bad idea, right? But it's still legal and officially recognized as safe for use – which is why your doctor can't tell you to stay away from it (unless you're allergic or have a severe reaction to it).
What can you do? Use a stainless steel frying pan and a 50:50 mixture of cooking oil instead. Sure it'll be a pain to cook and clean up, but it's better than getting fat and developing cancer, right?
Exercising and dieting help you lose weight and stay healthy, but be aware of obesity-causing things you may be doing. Have you taken prescription medications and realized you were gaining weight? Have you ever gained more weight because you stopped praying for a while? Pray, meditate, and always ask your doctor for a safer, alternative medication or take a natural remedy to avoid weight-gaining pharmaceuticals.