And welcome to the HealingWell Depression forum. I have found that walking is good exercise for losing weight. I try to cross country ski in the winter too. Hope to learn to snowshoe this winter. Also using light weights can help. It gives you good muscle tone and muscle does burn body fat. I must recommend talking to your doctor or a dietician would be good so that you can monitor your calorie intake. and eat proper kinds of foods. I chose to eat a lot of fresh fruit, it keeps the cravings down for sweets. Drink a lot of water too, that is always good. It keeps you hydrated. But the best thing that I have found is walking as much as I can. If you don't have a scenic place to walk, walk around the mall. I try to do little things like park far away so I have to walk more to get there. Little things do add up.
I too take abilify, but I didn't notice any weight gain, but I take adderall too and that curbs the apetite. But I wouldn't give up my abilify for anything so I understand you wanting to combat the weight gain.
I use to watch an exercise show called Body Electric. It was good for muscle toning and aerobics type. But not too strenous. I did it for years and had good results. I don't know if it is on anymore. Do you have a treadmill? That helps a lot too.
There are programs such as Nutrisystem. I tried that but everything was soy products. And the food wasn't that good. You would think that would help me lose wieght, just from not eating the food. Whatever you do, don't starve yourself. When you do that your body goes into survival mode and holds on to every calorie. I highly recommend eating a good breakfast and then eat 4 to 5 more times (small portions) thoughout the day. This helps to keep your blood sugars and motabolism in order.
There will be others on with good solutions for you I am sure. I am just going off of the top of my head. And that isn't very much to work with. lol...
I hope that you have a good day and I am glad that the abilify works well for you. Take care, keep on posting.
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