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06-14-2010, 11:18 AM
ugh- I have a horrible case of poison ivy and the dr put me on 15 days of prednisone. I noticed a 2lb wt gain this morning, yet I have not changed my eating habits. I am hoping this is just fluid??? Anyone else every experience this? I just started Friday and have many mroe days of the medicine.

06-14-2010, 12:55 PM
I was on that 3 yrs ago and ended up gaining as well. Thankfully I dropped 15 lbs in a week before taking it because of the illness but then the steroids made the weight come back on pretty fast. I think you'll find most people gain weight on it, but don't worry you aren't taking it for an extended amount of time so you shouldn't gain much. After your through with the treatment maybe up your workout for a few days and it'll flush you out.

06-25-2010, 01:00 AM
pred makes you retain like crazy; the first 2 times I was on it I managed to also pork on 30lbs in 5 weeks. The third time though I was bound and determined I would NOT gain weight. (I gave myself 10lbs leeway mentally due to fluid retention and the buffalo hump/moon face) I did Carb Addict's diet. I Only gained like 2lbs and it came right off.

The key to not gaining with steroids is watching carbs! Bigtime! The steroids make your insulin go crazy so if you don't go high protein low carb during this period you will be eating massive amounts of food; it makes youc rave like crazy.

I remember for my bedtime snack one night I had 6 hotdogs, fully dressed, in the bun. One another night I couldn't sleep (insomnia due to the pred) and ate 1.5lbs of smoked gouda with a steak knife sitting in front of the computer. I wish that was a typo. Anyhow, take care and watch those carbs!!!