weight loss after zoloft

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jessicaanne
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   Posted 1/19/2006 1:16 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi everyone I have been off of zoloft since mid  October I was on it for a year and went from 120lbs to 153lbs I have 3 kids and have never had a weight problem. I joined a gym  at the end of october and was working out 4-5 days a week  for 2 hours and also watching my diet.  Then right before Thanks Giving I had my gall bladder out so I did't start working out again until last week.  I've lost at the most 2lbs . My biggest question is....is there anyone out there that can tell me their experience after getting off of it and how long did it take to lose the weight if any? Its very discouraging  that I have'nt hardly lost any weight sad .Thanks any hope would be great :-) .....Jessica

mekkie
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   Posted 1/20/2006 3:26 AM (GMT -6)   
hI i have been off zoloft for 2 months now and my weight has not moved at all...the only thing i seem to of lost is water retention so im not so zwollen any more but still not losing the excess weight.I`ve been on another forum about zoloft and weight gain for the last 2 months on this site but they see to of locked it again because there was to many posts.So i hope you dont mind me joining this one.
Did any of you suffer bad withdrawal when you stopped taking zoloft its 2 months now for me and just when i thought every thing was getting beter i started having the mood swings again.Would be happy to hear any advice or any one that can relate to this.

mekkie

jessicaanne
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   Posted 1/20/2006 8:04 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Els and thank you for the reply and the advice your a true inspiration thats incrediable how much weight you lost. I'm starting to realize that along with working out I'm also gonna have to start following a stricter diet then hopefully I'll start seeing results :-). I guess I was just more less expecting the weight to just fall off lol.... without a whole lot of effort..Jessica

jessicaanne
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   Posted 1/20/2006 8:44 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Mekkie I also posted on that one at the beginning of it and have read most of them I'm glad you joined this one :-)..I noticed some withdrawals at first mostly mood swings the seem to have subsided now except for the severe pms and thats why I was put on it. i'm trying to control the moods as much as I can realizing its the pms not the husband and kids that causing the moods.Hopefully it wil all come back together for all of us within time. And the weight will just disappear :-)...Jessica

els
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   Posted 1/20/2006 10:34 AM (GMT -6)   

Jessicaanne, You are most welcome, I hope that you are able to meet your weight loss goals.  Give it time and be patient.  It will happen. tongue

Mekkie, When I went off of the Zoloft I also had some side effects for about 3 weeks that went away.  If you have been off the Zoloft for 2 months and are still have problems I would suggest maybe speaking to your doctor about this.... The Zoloft shouldnt be in your system any longer.  Please keep us informed of how you are doing and come back any time!

~elisha


nivram
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   Posted 1/25/2006 1:32 PM (GMT -6)   
confused  els I was  just wondering how long it took you to lose the weight by cutting out sugars and eating wheat breads and brown rice?  Our cousin just ordered a book on this deit and I remember reading your post on this.  My 18 year old daughter has gained over 20 pounds from being on zoloft, and is having a very hard time losing it just as Mekkie has stated in her post.  She has also been off then med since the first week in October.  I'm anxioulsy awaiting your reply on this.  thank you!

nivram
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   Posted 1/25/2006 1:34 PM (GMT -6)   
els, she has been off the med since the beginning of November not October.

els
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   Posted 1/26/2006 11:06 AM (GMT -6)   

Hi Nivram, Sorry it took me so long to get back to you. Once I started eating like this and cut out sugars and starches it took about 8-10 weeks before I noticed any weight coming off.  Then I lost about 1-2 pounds a week after that.  It took about a year and a half to lose all the weight once I changed my diet.  I think it is important to note that I have been on an antidepressant during this whole time too.  I was on Luvox and just recently changed to Effexor XR about 2 months ago.  I went to the doctor yesterday and have lost another 6 pounds that I didn't even realize.  So I really happy about that, doctor scales always weight heavy.  I made homemade macaroni and cheese last night with whole wheat pasta and it turned it really good, I couldn't even tell a difference.

I hope that this answers your question.  ~elisha


nivram
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   Posted 1/26/2006 11:43 PM (GMT -6)   
:-)  Els, thank you so mauch for your reply to my post!  The support on these forums are great!!!!  We are working hard on this for we have a trip coming up in two months, and a prom in tree montns and her graduation in four months, so you can what an important year this is for her!  Did or do you do alot of excersing along with cutting out the whites?  She has started doing work out that concentrate on the abs, but it is her stomach and hips that really gained alot of the weight.  I have learned that this is where weight that you store form sugar is put on.  When you say cut out all sugars do you mean anything with sugar or so you just kinda watch what you eat and try to be sure it lower in sugar?  I'm so searching for the right diet.  She has been doing a calorie count but not seeing any difference, just as she did when she was on the zoloft!  Thank you again for responding it was great to read your post.  I look forward to any other words of wisdom or advice! yeah

nivram
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   Posted 1/26/2006 11:49 PM (GMT -6)   
eyes  I just went back and read your first post, which I should of in the first place.  Sorry for some of the stupid questions, just my eagerness I guess.  That is really great that you are still losing, you must be so proud of your self!!!  My hat goes off to you and a big Minnesota pat on the back!!  I hope your feeling well and thank you again for your help and posts! 

els
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   Posted 1/27/2006 9:37 AM (GMT -6)   

Hi Nivram,

That is perfectly alright.  Actually I did do some exercising, walking, sit ups (on good days :-) ) and light weights, nothing really too strenuous so as not to aggravate my MS.  You are right and most of the weight I gain was in the stomach, hips and legs which is the hardest place to get it off.  I have noticed that some people are stating that this diet was from a book and they have ordered it or whatever, like the South Beach diet or Adkins.  I wanted to note that I didn't follow these diets, some of the principles of the changes of eating that I made may of been similar to these diets but as an individual person you have to find a plan and eating habits that you can stick with not just for 6-8 weeks for the weight to come off but for long term.  I was able to do that.  I did cut out all whites, no potatoes, no white bread, no sugar on flour products.  The bread has been the biggest change that I made though and watching labels to make sure that it is multigrain and not refined flour, sometimes just plain wheat bread can be deceiving and is still made with flour.  Anyway, most any recipes that has sugar as an ingredient can be substituted for Splenda and you really cant tell a difference. I watch my portions even though sometimes when it is something I really, really like I over do, and try to drink a lot of water.  There are studies out that are saying that more than 2 diet sodas a day can make people gain weight.  So I recently cut back on that, I love Diet Sprite.  

I hope that she has a GREAT senior year!  With so much coming up she shouldn't have to worry about her weight...... much luck to you both!

~elisha

 

 


jessicaanne
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   Posted 1/27/2006 2:14 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Nivram I've been going to the gym and have talked to the personal trainer there and she says that you can do all the sit ups in the world and its not going to get rid of the fat on the stomach it only tightens the muscles under the fat. In order to lose the fat you need to burn it off through cardio and weights tell your daughter to try jogging, eliptical something that gets your heart pumping I have the tae bo workout videos and they burn as more calories in a 30 minute workout then running on the treadmill. There is a site where you can look up calories and what you burn doing different activities maybe it can help yiour daughter some :-) its....www.caloriesperhour.com Hope some of this will help....Jessica :-)

cliche SAHM
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   Posted 1/27/2006 6:02 PM (GMT -6)   
Is zoloft the only one that seems to cause everyone to gain weight?
 
I was on zoloft for 2 years.  I gained about 25 pounds over those two years, and have not been able to lose it easily.  Maybe because I'm older?  (Well, not OLD... 41)  Lots of diet change, lots of exercise and lots of time.  I still haven't lost it all, but I'm not so motivated right now!
 
It's like that zoloft made a type of super-resistant-fat or something.

jessicaanne
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   Posted 1/27/2006 10:45 PM (GMT -6)   
   Cliche.....
I agree seems like the fat is pretty stubborn and does'nt want to go anywhere lol....how long have you been off of the zoloft?

cliche SAHM
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   Posted 1/28/2006 11:33 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello to you too.  I actually so relieved to have found this board - - lots of good information here.
 
After I quit Zoloft about a year and a half ago, my depression was more managable, but hadn't gone away.  But I was no longer sinking down nearly as far as I had during my ppd, so I thought I could deal with it, and for a while I could.
 
I only really worked on getting my physical "shape" (which is now round) back to a healthy weight for about 6 months, and found taking off 20 pounds to be excruciatingly hard work - way harder than it should have been.  I got so upset at not being able to get rid of the extra 10 or so pounds that I just stopped.  I was miserable having to moniter every mouthful and exercise an hour every day or not make any progress.  Then, I sort of became unable to let myself work out... too much other stuff to get done that never seemed to get done.  It was like I couldn't let myself have that time to myself until my "work" was done.  (One of my triggers that let us know that my depression was worsening again.)  So now my weight is back up, and I'm trying just to eat a little healthier.  Hopefully I'll find a new medication will get me back on track.  I'm having some trouble with the prozac, which bums me out.

nivram
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   Posted 1/28/2006 9:54 PM (GMT -6)   
:-)  Jessica, thank you so much for your post, I hope the others read your post, for they are have also been struggling with this weight thing!  I jsut bought her a tae bo Dvd last week and she did do it twice this week and also a denise Austin video.  I find the days that she works out her spitits seem to be better.  Have you been losing weight through this?  I will share your info and the web sight with her!  Thank you again and we do appreciate your help!  Keep in touch!  By the way was the trainer fimilar with antidepressdsent weight gain?  The medical doctors really don't seem to understand about the stubberness of trying to lose the weight after your off the meds. :-)

Jules22871
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   Posted 1/29/2006 4:30 AM (GMT -6)   
I have went back and forth for a few days on wheter or not to post this, but here goes. I hope i don't make anyone mad or break any rules.
I was put on Zoloft after our wreck in September 2004. Between the Zoloft and the fact that I was completely immobile, I packed on the weight. Since i couldn't sleep good(still don't do that,lol) I have seen a lot of tv commercials. The one that interested me most was for Relacore. It boasts being able to get rid of stubborn belly fat and is a mood enhancer. I finally asked my doc about it in Novemeber. He said let's give it a try. As of right now I am off the Zoloft and I have lost 34 lbs. As for the depression, yes I still have it. Is it unmanagable, most of the time no. I also take Elavil, but I was taking that with the Zoloft before I started the Relacore. My hubby says that I am actually easier to get along with now then before the Relacore.
Is it a cure all? By no means it is not. Does it help me? Yes it does. Will it help you? I am not sure. I just wanted to put another option out there.
Motorcycle wreck 8-27-2004, 119 fx from right hip down to ankle, 9 surgeries so far.  I am Thankful to God that I am alive and still have my leg.
 
Ones who say it cannot be done should stop interupting those that are doing it.


Amelia
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   Posted 2/7/2006 8:10 AM (GMT -6)   
Stillrecovering,

Wow! You are a lucky person for sure! I'm wondering, have you noticed whether the Relacore really targets the stomach area? I've seen those advertisements too and always just thought that it was another gimmick. After 2.5 years on zoloft, I slowly tapered off and was completely off last September. Over the course of 4-6 weeks, I initially lost about 10-12 pounds. The zoloft had made me really swollen, and the initial weight loss clearly made a difference. Before zoloft, I had always weighed about 125-130 pounds. After zoloft, I was about 163lbs. The 30 pound weight gain made a huge difference and lots of people commented on my gain. You see, I'd always had a great figure and at 31, people thought it was weird to see me all of a sudden so over my usual weight (I swear, the weight gain all happened in about a 6-8 month period).

So I've lost some weight and am down to around 150lbs. This makes me happy. However, I'm getting married in 6 months and would really like to lose those extra pounds... ESPECIALLY the ones in the stomach area. I know that it's not possible to lose weight in specific "spots", but my stomach just looks weird now. Any more information on your experience with Relacore would be great.

Thanks for your story. You are a blessed person. Hi Nivram and Mekkie...I remember you two from the other forum!

jessicaanne
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   Posted 2/7/2006 12:38 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi everyone after reading the post about relacore I decided maybe its time I look into taking something too since this fat won't budge I read about relacore  and it sounded great but I have fat everywhere lol not just my belly. So I went to GNC a health store and talked to a woman there about the different pills. I chose one called VPX REDLINE suppose to be a fat incinerator it was a little expensive $55.00 for a month supply but if I don't like the results I can return it within 30 days for a full refund and I also got a gold card from gnc so  I can save 20% every month on it or anything else I chose . Anyhow I started taking it on Sunday and so far I lost 2 pounds could be water weight she said it would make me lose that too but right now I'll take anything since the scale has'nt budged in I don't know how long.  I also go to the gym 4-5 times a week and I started a food log  gonna try to keep my calories low. If  any one is gonna start taking something instead of going to  target,walmart,etc try a health store they have alot more info and they can tell you which ones people have liked and had results and which ones have'nt. ...Jessica

jessicaanne
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   Posted 2/7/2006 12:49 PM (GMT -6)   
I was also reading Woman's Day magazine in the gym yesterday they had a diet in there they said more of a lifestyle change then a diet. They talked about how getting enough calcium in your body everyday through low fat dairy breaks down belly fat alot faster and also explain the importance in eating enough lean protein because it takes your body 3-4 times the amount of calories to digest protein as it does to digest carbs so I stocked up on some some low fat yogurt low fat chocolate milk cottage cheese fsh I'm willing to try anything at this point .
And another thing I was on zoloft for severe pms (hated everyone horrible moods etc) I was telling the lady at gnc this and she told she also suffered that and the week before her period she drinks chocolate soy milk she said it has some kind of chemical in it that evens out your horomones so maybe next month I'll give it a try she also said there are so many natural things you can take to treat depression,pms,etc. So maybe you guys could go talk to someone at one of your health stores and might have the answers your looking for and find a way to help you specific needs :-) Hope some of my rambling helps lol ....Jessica

Jules22871
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   Posted 2/9/2006 3:26 AM (GMT -6)   
Amelia, I am having great results with Relacore. And yes, it is getting rid of my belly fat. I have went from a very tight size 18 to a good fitting 12. I had to have a fitting to get my leg brace resized. They can't resize it, I have lost 7" off of my right thigh!!! I have to get a whole new brace! I buy mine from Walmart for 18.00 and i get 120 capsules. I have lost 3 more lbs since I first posted on this thread. I am seeing significant changes in my belly, butt and upper thighs. I have also made some diet changes, but not enough that I would be seeing these results in this short of time. Hope this helps!!!
Motorcycle wreck 8-27-2004, 119 fx from right hip down to ankle, 9 surgeries so far.  I am Thankful to God that I am alive and still have my leg.
 
Ones who say it cannot be done should stop interupting those that are doing it.


ALLYBOOBOO
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   Posted 2/13/2006 8:22 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey guys!! i am part of another forum on this site and just came across this one. I am 22 yrs old and i was on zoloft for about 18 months and gained anywhere from 30-35 lbs. on the drug. i stopped taking zoloft Nov. 3 2005. so i have been off for over 3 months. i went to the doctor last week and discovered that i lost 5 lbs, but then i weighed myself yesterday and i gained some back appartently or maybe the scale was off or something, i just don't understand. i thought about taking relacore but i am so scared to put anything else in my body! i promised myself after i quit taking zoloft that i would not put anything else in my body! i don't know what to do and all i want is a time frame of when this nightmare might be over. my life has been flipped upside down from this. i have everyone breathing down my neck about my weight gain because i have always been skinny. someone else said it on this thread that they gained the weight within 6-8 months. Me too! last may, of 2005 i weighed 115 and recently have been maintaining 135lbs. so because i gained the weight in about 6-8months am i going to have to wait that long to see results? i am so frustrated and just want some answers and support!!

nivram
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   Posted 2/14/2006 8:00 AM (GMT -6)   
yeah  AllyBooBoo, did you see the post I put yesterday on the other site?  My daughter has been doing the South Beach Diet for a week along with excersise she started the week or so before.  This is the first deit  she has really seen any results from.  I do beleive its because you cut out all sugars and bad carbs.  She is still on Phase 1, yesterday it was one week.  She has lost 7lbs, a total of 12lbs altogether since going off in November.  She as you know from me posting on the other site stayed at a 5lb loss also and could not budge a weight loss after that!  Its hard for her, but she getting thru it!  I have read that you can not target a certain part of your body to lose weight, but you also read that carb and sugar weight go to your stomach and this is the gain that everyone seems to see from the zoloft!  What do you think??  Hope this helps! :-)

ALLYBOOBOO
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   Posted 2/15/2006 3:06 PM (GMT -6)   
Nivram...Thank you for info. but i don't think the south beach diet is healthy at all. carbs and sugars are essential to the body for energy and with my hectic schedule running around all day i need all the energy i can get. i would pass out if i did the south beach diet. plus i think instead of cutting out carbs, you should switch to only grains like one women on here was saying. cut out all the whites and eat whole wheats and grains instead. i am not trying to discourage you or hillarie, i am simply saying that the south beach diet is not for me. i have actually got in touch with a nutritionist and i know you went to see one but i am really hoping that i can get some info. if i do i will share!! i really hope that Hillarie finds much success with her dieting and exercise!!!

Amelia
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   Posted 2/16/2006 8:41 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi all! Like Allybooboo, I'm trying to stay clear of putting anything else weird into my body. Still, I'm tempted by the idea of Relacore. If anyone else tries it and sees results, please let us know! In the meantime, I'm trying a "no white diet" and it seems to be working! The idea is that you can eat all things, but that you try to cut out things that are made with refined flour and sugar (like white pasta, white bread, potatoes, sugar). It's a great diet because it actually forces you to eat healthy food--you're allowed pasta and bread, as long as it's made with real wheat or grains. I've been eating wonderful meals over the past week and I've lost 2 pounds (this was after staying at a 4 or 5 month standstill of just having lost 10 pounds after getting off of zoloft). Before zoloft, my original weight was always between 125 and 130. After zoloft, I quickly gained over 30 pounds. I think that at my most, I weight 163lbs. Now I'm down to about 149-150lbs.

I believe that in order for a diet to work, a person must be able to eat healthy food and not feel starved or craving for things. With this "no white diet", I can eat almost anything. That said, my belly is not shrinking that much and it depresses me confused because I'm getting married in a few months and want to look good. As I said before, I was always thin. There will be people at my wedding whom I haven't seen that much and I'm concerned that they will notice the weight gain. So once again, if anyone has any tips for BELLY FAT I am all ears!!!

Thanks and good luck to all!
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