Depression Weight Gain

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joc
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   Posted 6/10/2008 12:59 PM (GMT -7)   
I have not been on here for awhile.... I have been gaining weight and it is bugging me - I checked out a diet clinic and paid the fee (hearty har), but I don't think it is going to work for me - it seems too restrictive - but I do need to lose weight - I just take Effexor 75mg once a day but I have been eating all the bad stuff (stress related) anyone have any suggestions for weight modification on anti depressants? Today at the diet clinic they recommended potassium - maybe it is worth it and I am also taking the omegas - pretty good.... Would love to hear from some people about what they have done....

enWayen
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   Posted 6/10/2008 1:07 PM (GMT -7)   
Eej Joc,

I have to admit I never had any problems with weight, but I just want to say that you shouldn't underestimate exercise. Today I read in the newspaper that are eating habits aren't that changed in the last centuries, but that the biggest cause of weight gain is sitting on our butts all day long :). So maybe exercising will help you control your weight, and exercising has another benefit, it will make you feel good.

All the best!
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joc
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   Posted 6/10/2008 1:20 PM (GMT -7)   
enwayen

thanks for the advice - actually I was going to the gym regularly and have not gone in the past month, but I did today and I feel better....I also have a membership. Do you exercise?

enWayen
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   Posted 6/10/2008 1:30 PM (GMT -7)   
Hoi Joc,

It is good to hear that you did some exercising today!

To answer your question, yes, I do exercise a lot. I train 3-4 times a week (athletics, 1,5 - 2 hours per training), and besides that I like to play basketball, soccer, tennis, etc. And some push up kinda things, but that gets boring really fast :).

From my experience I can tell you that running in the forest is a great thing to do (can be done on your own), it will give you a so called "runners high", which is just a very happy feeling. I don't know your physical state, but I believe tennis and squash are relative light sports, and great fun to do with a friend (or more friends).

Try to keep moving!
Erik
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joc
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   Posted 6/10/2008 2:07 PM (GMT -7)   
thanks Eric - actually I lost alot of weight back in 2003 by exercising and kept it off until 2007 - since then I have been at various states of heavy. since the middle of May I stopped exercising because I was feeling really low energy, but today going to the gym made me feel great again so I am hoping to re-new my interest and get back at it
usually I run, stair climb, lift weights etc. I run in the forest - we have one nearby - I think you are right..

Eric - may I ask why you are on this site? I started in December - I suffer from depression and anxiety - I think the weight gain is a side effect really. I am interested in hearing more - I may even ask you for some workout tips and post workout snacks - working out tends to lead me to over eat -

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   Posted 6/11/2008 2:15 AM (GMT -7)   
Eej Joc,

Great to hear that sporting in the past kept your weight down, I have good hopes that it will do so again. And of course you can ask me why I am here. It is because I suffered from depression myself, some months ago. In fact, I suffered from it for years, but only recently it became so violent that I couldn't delude myself that I was ok. After receiving huge amounts of help here on HW, and after a radical change in my thinking, I got better again. I stayed because to me, the reply's of the members here really helped, and I hope that my reply's will help some members as well.

Joc, you rightly state that exercising leads to an increase in apetite. That is normal, however. As a youngster, I have the privilige to eat whatever I want without gaining weight, but I still watch what I eat though. After exercise, I will eat fruit, like an appel and an orange, or a banana. I also eat more at dinner, but most of the time our dinners are freshly made rice or pasta dishes, so not too many calories and fats in there. You could try to eat filling foods, without too much calories and fats, like a simple salade with tomatoes and maybe cucumber. But I am no expert at food, be beware of that! It might be better for you to talk to a professional (maybe at the clinic), to help you with this.

Personally, I am somewhat against diets, because they are so restricted, as you stated. People don't eat much more than 150 years ago, but they tend to sit still all day, while 150 years ago people would work there butt off for up to 15 hours a day. So exercise can lead to the same, and I believe better, results as a diet. Only it will take more time, because you need to work out, maybe one hour a day. But I believe the benefits (lower weight, better stamina, more muscles, etc.) will be worth it.

I hope this somewhat helps you!
Erik
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djdaz_1985
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   Posted 6/11/2008 4:50 AM (GMT -7)   

HI Joc,

I would try and cut out as much of the junk as you can. Replacing chocolate with greek/natural yoghurt & fruit is one example. Also, exercise is really important. Losing weight when you are on AD's can be really hard but its worth persevering with. Even if you only lose 1 pound a week... thats a stone in 3 and a half months.

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   Posted 6/11/2008 6:13 AM (GMT -7)   
Darren,

I am so curious, what is a stone as related to pounds? I have heard the term before and was wondering how many pounds were in a stone.

Thanks,

hugs Karen,
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djdaz_1985
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   Posted 6/11/2008 9:44 AM (GMT -7)   

lol I forget that stones are a British thing. 14 pounds = 1 Stone. Stones are an old unit of weight that people used for selling heavy stuff like potatoes hundreds of years ago and it kinna stuck here. When an American person says they weigh 168 pounds I think it sounds a lot but when I convert it into 12 Stone... I know its the same as me!

Sorry for the confusion guys!

Darren

P.S Its great to be back


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joc
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   Posted 6/12/2008 12:30 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks so much for your encouragement and I am glad to hear from you. I am going to try a run today - yesterday and the day before was the gym. I would be thrilled to lose 15 pounds at this point. I am modifying my diet - when I get stressed at work I head for a chocolate bar, but djdaz_1985 is so right I need to replace that habit. This week I have been off on a mini vacation and eating healthy and I have noticed no unusual cravings. I had breakfast both days and made it through both days without chocolate, chips etc. It is a challenge. I really enjoy blogs as I find it helpful to hear how other people are doing and know they are out there JOC

dyemondgirl
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   Posted 6/21/2008 9:35 AM (GMT -7)   

I, too, have gained a considerable amount of weight,,,15 lbs.  I am on 15mg of Lexapro.  I still don't have the energy to get up and go to the gym.  I suffer from anxiety and depression.  Why am I not motivated?  I just increased from 10 to 15mg two weeks ago. 

Is there any light in my future?  I always use to work out.  I haven't since March 2008.  Can anyone give me some advice.  I start weight watchers for a couple of days and then I say "who cares?"  But, I do care.  Help!!

 

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   Posted 6/21/2008 9:53 AM (GMT -7)   
Dyemondgirl,

It can be so frustrating to try and lose weight, my husband and I did a lot of walking during mushroom hunting season. He lost 10 pounds, I gained 3. What a bummer. But I am not giving up.

I know how hard it is to get motivated, I use to walk all of the time and cross country ski in the winter. I seem to have trouble with both of them this year. I try to get out and walk my dogs. But feel I need more, no inspiration at this end. But don't give up, when you are ready, you will be able to do it. Atleast that is what I keep telling myself.

I try to watch what I eat too. I try to eat small portions of food frequently throughout the day to keep motabilism at an even flow. But still struggling. I know if I don't eat, the body goes into starvation mode and hangs on to every calorie. So don't do that. Drink a lot of water too. about 8 8oz glasses each day. That really helps.

Good luck, if I come up with anything else, I will post it.

Hugs, Karen...
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   Posted 6/21/2008 5:28 PM (GMT -7)   

I am going to make an appointment to have my mouth wired shut....so not even a straw can get threw..............do they still do that surgery, wire you jaw closed.  Ouch.

I understand very well folks, don't give up the battle.  It is a tough one I know so very well.

Hugs
Kitt


 

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dyemondgirl
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   Posted 6/21/2008 5:38 PM (GMT -7)   
joc - are you on any medication?
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