Four Surprising Reasons You’re Gaining Weight

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Playing Surprising Weight-Loss Saboteurs

Are you counting your calories and exercising regularly but just can’t seem to drop those extra pesky pounds? The Doctors offer four surprising reasons you might be gaining weight.

1. Arguing with a spouse or significant other
A recent study shows how hostility can alter the way the body processes high-fat foods, leading to fewer burned calories, higher insulin and triglyceride levels and a potential weight gain of up to 12 pounds per year.


2. Antihistamines
A 2010 research study found that regular users of over-the-counter and prescription antihistamines were 55 percent more likely to be overweight than those not taking the drugs. ER physician Dr. Travis Stork explains that histamines can function as an appetite suppressant in the brain, and antihistamines may counteract this effect. He recommends trying a different medication if you notice a change to your appetite.


3. Buying in Bulk
Although buying in bulk may save you money, it can also lead to overconsumption. The Doctors recommend watching what you buy.


4. Photo-modifying filters
Altering photos to make them more flattering can give you a false sense of accomplishment and diminish your motivation to eat healthy and work out regularly.