Can I lose weight while on atenolol? Beta-blockers—especially older ones like atenolol and metoprolol—can lead to weight gain, possibly due to slowing metabolism. During the first few months of treatment, beta-blockers are usually linked to weight gain (about 1.2 kg on average), followed by a plateau.
Why do beta blockers make you gain weight? Doctors aren’t sure exactly why some beta blockers cause weight gain. It could be that beta blockers slow your metabolism. Also, if you switch from taking a water pill (diuretic) to a beta blocker as a treatment for high blood pressure, you may gain a few pounds of weight that the diuretic kept off.
Can you still lose weight on beta blockers? In the smaller study of patients with high blood pressure, the researchers compared calorie- and fat-burning in 11 people on beta blockers and 19 adults the same age and weight who were not on the drugs. They found that after a meal, the beta blockers users burned roughly 30 to 50 percent fewer calories and fat.
How do I not gain weight on beta blockers?
- Switch to a different medication. The first strategy to consider involves changing medications.
- Lower medication dosage.
- Limit portion sizes.
- Eat more protein.
- Talk to a dietitian.
- Avoid alcohol.
- Get enough sleep.