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Digital Subscriptions > Healthy Food Guide > June 2016 > A BITTER PILL TO SWALLOW


If exercising regularly and eating right isn’t shifting the pounds, could your medication be to blame?


YOU’VE DONE NOTHING wrong. Your doctor advised you to make some lifestyle adjustments – eat well, move more – and you’ve taken it on board by adding more greens to your plate, walking at lunchtime and joining the gym (and using it!). But something’s amiss because the weight is creeping on, not off. So what’s going on?

We know weight loss can help to ease symptoms in people with chronic conditions. Anyone with arthritis who carries extra weight may find losing it eases the pressure on joints, while those with type 2 diabetes will find weight loss helps control blood glucose levels. In cases of hypertension, sufferers can find weight loss brings those high blood pressure levels down. But in what might be seen as a cruel twist of fate, the medicines for these, as well as for a wide range of other conditions, have been found to cause weight gain.

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Can you reverse type 2 diabetes through diet? In the June issue of Healthy Food Guide, our experts look at the latest claims by the creator of the 5:2 diet. Also, find out if your medication could be causing your weight gain, and discover the best diet and exercise choices for long-term bone health. Plus, gluten-free baker Phil Vickery shares his failsafe bread recipes and we help you fill up on the latest grain bowl trend.