7 Reasons You Are Gaining Weight

7. Medication

Unfortunately, many medications that help us stay healthy can also increase weight gain. Antidepressants are among the most common medications that increase weight gain by blocking a receptor in the brain that absorbs serotonin. While this improves mood, it also affects appetite and tends to increase cravings. Birth control may also cause weight gain due to progesterone, which increases appetite. Some blood pressure and migraine medications may cause weight gain of around five pounds on average. Other common drugs that may cause weight gain include steroids, antihistamines, and diabetes medications. If you believe your weight gain is caused by a prescription medication, discuss it with your doctor. There may be strategies to reduce this symptom or you may be able to switch to a different medication.