Do beta blockers affect your weight? Yes. Weight gain can occur as a side effect of some beta blockers, especially the older ones, such as atenolol (Tenormin) and metoprolol (Lopressor, Toprol-XL). The average weight gain is about 2.6 pounds (about 1.2 kilograms).
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.
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.
Do beta blockers slow your metabolism? Beta blockers lower metabolic rates, which means you’re burning fewer calories. They calm the body and reduce fidgeting, which can lower your calorie deficit by a couple of hundred a day.