How long does it take to lose steroid weight?

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   Posted 1/5/2015 7:59 PM (GMT -6)   
There was no forum for dermatomyositis which is what I'm diagnosed with, but its quite similar to lupus so I figured post it here. I was diagnosed on October 1st and was put on 40mg of steroids everyday for 3 months I'm now tapering down by 5mg a month. I wasn't gaining weight at first, but I weighed myself just before Christmas, and saw I had gone from 12 stone 7 pounds to 13 stone 4 pounds. This was traumatic for me as I've always had problems with my weight in only 16 and I've had a lot of mental problems relating to weight very insecure and that kind of thing. I'm now on 25mg a day and i weighed myself today because I thought id start loosing, but I've gained another 4 pounds! I've been eating as healthy as I can, and walking as much as possible I should be off the steroids by April. But how long will it take for swelling to go down and lose the weight its really getting me down.. Please help?
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   Posted 1/5/2015 8:46 PM (GMT -6)   
Some people loose it quickly, with others it takes time. Just keep eating healthy, getting some exercise, and drinking plenty of water and it shouldn't take too long.
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   Posted 1/12/2015 12:22 PM (GMT -6)   
I have done three rounds of steroids each time for about six weeks... I usually feel myself about three to four weeks later. I try to watch while on them and get in exercise and weights when I can. I know why can't the side effect be losing weight.. Just once!!
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