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I’ve talked previously about how some drugs, both prescription and over-the-counter, can block weight loss. Metoprolol, a beta blocker prescribed to treat heart rhythm disorders, hypertension, coronary disease, migraine headaches, and other conditions, is on that list. But Melinda succeeded in losing an impressive amount of weight despite taking this drug.

“I have lost a 110 pounds over the last two and a half years. I still need to lose another 90 pounds. I just found an article written by you saying that metoprolol may prevent weight loss. This is very disheartening, as I have worked hard to lose weight and to think all along this may have prevented me from losing more weight. I am going to make an appointment with my heart doctor on Monday.”

Well, first of all, Melinda should be congratulated on losing a lot of weight despite being put on a drug that generally blocks weight loss—an impressive achievement. Secondly, the rhythm issue may have improved with the Wheat Belly strategies, specifically wheat/grain elimination (big effect), magnesium, omega-3 fatty acids, and cultivation of bowel flora. This will need to be assessed by Melinda’s cardiologist, of course. Ideally, Melinda will get off the drug, require a lesser dose, or have it replaced with one that does not block weight loss. (It also depends on what variety of rhythm disorder she has.) This is part of the broad front of disease reversal that people enjoy on this lifestyle.

Recall that the Wheat Belly concepts got their start many years ago as part of an effort to halt or reverse coronary artery disease. And it does indeed do so. But while delivering this program to thousands of people, I also witnessed many reducing or stopping atrial fibrillation (a variety of heart rhythm disorder), hypertension, high triglycerides, excess small LDL particles, raising HDL, reducing blood sugar and HbA1c, reducing inflammation. In other words, not only does the Wheat Belly lifestyle bring weight loss, reduction of joint pain, reversal of depression and food obsessions, etc., it also achieves heart health to an extraordinary degree.

If Melinda transformed her weight and health so much even with the success-blocking effect of metoprolol in her body, it will be fascinating to see what she achieves if she can get off the drug. Please provide us with an update in future, Melinda!