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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • October 23, 2006
  • 08:38 PM

1 year ago last summer i discontinued depression meds after being on them for a year. during the final 5 months of the meds i experienced a rapid weight gain of about 30#. it was so rapid i developed stretch marks. Finally feeling more like myself this last fall I have tried to get rid of the excess weight. While i am not following a specific weight plan I have eliminated white flour, sugar and most red meat, usually concentrating on fish and chicken. I have also been working out 5 days a week, from what was previously a pretty sedentary life. I am only 24 so thought my metabolism would click and i would lose the weight farily easily. So far, not ONE lb. lost. I have been working at this for two months. I try to tell myself that I am happy to be living a healthier life style, but i am getting really frustrated. My skin is also much oilier and broken out, a problem I never had as an adolscent. I feel like this is some type of endocrine system or thyroid problem. but with my bad experience on depression meds i hate to return to the dr and would like to hit this through diet. does anyone have any suggestions?

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  • Maybe All The Weight You Gained Is Just Fluid! Try Reducing Your Salt Intake! Good Luck
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • October 30, 2006
    • 08:32 PM
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  • I highly recommend you go out and buy the book "body for life". It will cover everything you need to know. -foods - workout schedule - meal portions - caloric needs - etc. It also has progress charts so you can see what you are doing, and how you are responding over time. I can't say enough about the book. I'm doing the plan and swear by it.Always keep this in mind: If you are consistent with your exercise routine, and have a plan to follow, you WILL get results. Good luck.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • November 8, 2006
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  • Irene:Find an Endocrinologist you trust, ask about PCOS (polycystic ovary syndrome) it can be reponsible for a wide range of symptoms, including depression, rapid weight gain, and inability to lose weight. See if you are insulin resistant/ diabetic.Oh, and forget dieting: all that does is train your body to hang on to every calorie it can get it's hands on when you stop, resulting in rebound weight gain worse than before. What I've done is gradually cut down on fats, sugars, and other goodies (I still eat them, just less than before), simply by reducing how much of just one thing I used at a time. The key is to eat 3/4 of what you did before until it becomes habit and you don't feel denied. Then identify the next thing you need to cut back on and do it again, repeating the cycle. Yes, this will seem to take forever but the weight loss is way more permanent and you won't end up heavier than before. Nor will you be forced to make huge lifestyle changes all at once.A concurrent strategy is to avoid pre-prepared foods and so-called fat-free or light foods, learn to really cook! (from scratch, not just opening a package of Shake'n'Bake or K.D.) Once I learned how easy it is to make a veggie/tomato sauce, soup, salad dressings, even homemade mac'n'cheese, hamburgers, and hashbrowns I've kept the weight off effortlessly because I control how much fat and salt goes in (I've also saved a ton of money). Even the temperature you fry/saute foods makes a difference to how much fat the food absorbs. Last thing to remember: Don't try to do too much at the same time, If you feel unreasonably denied you will (unknowingly) convince your body to hang onto those "scarce resources" AKA calories. And don't expect instant results -it is simply unrealistic to expect to see any major difference in 2 months, especially if you are working out: muscle weighs more than fat. So walk first, don't run, and take baby steps as you re-teach your body how to eat healthy. Oh and go easy on the workouts, 3-4 times a week is plenty, add some walking, keep well hydrated. You will feel and look better in no time.For a benchmark, I used this method to lose 25lbs in one year 6 yrs ago and it hasn't returned, because it wasn't a "diet" in the traditional sense, it was re-training my metabolism and bad habits. PS I don't own a scale, I eat steak, flour, bacon, eggs, sugar and even butter! Yes it can be done occasionally! Just don't overdo it!
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • December 22, 2006
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