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Weight Gain and Loss: Causes And What To Do About It

What To Do If You Experience Weight Gain

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If you experience weight gain due to your condition or treatment, it may not a good idea to immediately start a diet. Instead, inform your doctor. Together you can determine the cause and possible solutions. 

If your weight gain is due to eating too many calories, see a variety of easy tips for losing weight in our article: How To Lose Weight.

If your weight gain is due to water retention, your doctor may:

  • Recommend a diuretic, a medication that helps to reduce fluid retention. Never use a diuretic without first consulting with your doctor.
  • Recommend that you speak with a registered dietician or nutritionist for guidelines on limiting the amount of salt you eat. Salt causes your body to hold extra water. (For information about nutritionists/dietitians, click here.)

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