Originally Posted by aninguh
I am a 31 year old guy and weigh somewhere around 225 pounds (checked last 5 months back). Will check the currect weight soon. In short, Obese...
I am on Antidepressants (150 mg VenlaFlaxine, 500 mg Depakote and 100 mg Quitepine SR) for since last 14 years and have been pretty stable over the last 8 years. I am been overweight since adolescent and recently decided to loose some weight.. So started walking and jogging a bit. Forgot to tell, I also have Hypothyroidism. I take 75 mg Eltroxin for it.
My question is will I be able to lose weight ? I am hoping I can. What do you guys think ?
Hi, I take antidepressants (venlafaxine) and have hypothyroidism too. I don't know about the other meds you mentioned but ven won't affect your weight and if your hypo is stabilised, neither will that affect your weight loss attempts.
You should ask your doc about the other meds or look them up on wikipeida. I do know that some meds cause weight gain but i don't know about those two.
Ok so with regards to go about losing weight, the walking and jogging is good. A great start but try to remember that the general consensus is that weightloss is 80% diet and 20% exercise. So while the exercise is good for your general fitness, and will help with weightloss on a couple of fronts, you can't rely on only that to do the work. Resistance exercise is a good idea because it builds muscle which speeds up your metabolism but this also means you will probably notice an increase in appetite as well. Don't worry.
With regard to your diet a few things that i live by are keeping a detailed food diary. Measuring everything with measuring cups spoons and scales so that you know exactly what you are eating and can adjust your intake accordingly. You will have to eat less as you lose weight.
Second, try to eat only at meal times. And in between just fruit or something healthy if you are genuinely hungry.
Try to resist eating from boredom.
If you eat for emotional reasons, you will need to try to make better choices or resist. And try to resolve your emotional problems sooner rather than later. I find that finding someone to talk to, preferably a counsellor, relieves my distress the quickest, if i am unable to work it out myself.
Try to improve the nutritional quality of the food you eat. If you are a junk food eater, try to change this and start cooking your own food. Include more fruit and vegetables. Learn how to cook better.
Salty foods makes you retain water and if you get yourself some scales, the readout will fluctuate significantly on a daily basis. Learn not to stake too much emotion on a daily readout.
Consider your food weaknesses, if you have any. I mean are you out of control with some foods? If so, try limiting them strictly to certain times and certain amounts. I've just about totally quit refined sugar foods because i can't control them.
Don't try to restrict your food too severely. Its better to lose slowly. You've more chance of keeping the weight off permanently.
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