I get really, really hungry on steroids, too. Even on a little I still have cravings. But I get really bloated on big doses (like 40-60 mg).
If I've tapered too much I know it within a day. Others mention they have to taper really, really slowly.
That's great about your weight loss, I know it is not easy. good luck!
49 year old female attorney, diagnosed UC/pancolitis 1985, no surgery but much suffering.
Asacol/5ASA maintenance for 20+ years, usually 3 pills 2x day.
tapering OFF prednisone from lingering flare;
August 2008 sought care of naturopathic doctor. Tested gluten intolerant and started gluten-free, soy-free, etc. diet which resolved flare. Also Replete probiotic, DGL (licorice root, slippery elm), Permeability Factors. Slow-release iron and B-12 shots for severe anemia.