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You can still lose weight while taking Prednisone

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Old 04-28-2012, 10:32 AM   #1
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Wink You can still lose weight while taking Prednisone

I have Crohns disease and I had a really bad flare about 3 weeks ago. As usual my Dr. put me back on Prednisone (40mgs. daily) urggg!
I had been trying to get my motivation back at the time to lose weight- so I was bummed. I decided I would fight this hunger and not give into it. Anyone who has taken higher doses of the "dred pred" knows full well you could eat the corner off a barn while on this. So after 3 weeks now I weighed this morning and I lost 5 Lbs. in 3 weeks!!!
Now I gotta tell you I am thrilled! I personally believe my actual weight loss may be more than that but it is not showing up on the scale, I'll tell you why- Prednisone makes you retain water. I have noticed in my limbs they are sore touchy when I'm showering, so I know I have excess water there. Also my clothes are looser more so than a 5 Lb. loss.
What I have been doing is instead of eating 3 meals a day- I have had 6 small meals a day. I count calories. After 7:00 at night I don't eat anything else. (That is hard)
It can be done- Prednisone and weight loss. I feel strong this morning, like I took that hunger and beat it down- took control over it! I had to share, I know that there are several out there who also have to take this medication.
I am now doing the drop down dose. After my coloscopy next week (jeze) I get to come back off it...I hope
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Old 04-28-2012, 11:12 AM   #2
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Good work! I had to take an injection of steroid on Monday and I puffed up like a balloon and had headaches all week. Feeling better today! Hope you are too and congrats on kicking foods ***.
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Old 04-28-2012, 01:14 PM   #3
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I've found that (for me, at least)that I can only sanely and comfortably lose weight on Prednisone if I'm eating low-carb. Low-carb not only decreasese my prednisone-fueled-"rabid"- hunger, it also reduces water retention (because low-carb diets do result in the body holding on to less water, because less water is needed to process a low-carb diet).

Prednisone hunger is my worst enemy. I feel like a caged, starved animal - so anything that can mitigate the hunger is a godsend. Only a diet high in fiber (bulk) and low in digestible carbs does that for me.

I can lose weight on a high-carb diet on prednisone, but it's of the white-knuckled, pure intense willpower variety. I have to cut calories much more drastically than on low-carb, and it takes absolutely every ounce of attention, will, and inner fortitude to stay on plan unless I'm drastically cutting carbs, drinking a lot of fluids, and eating lots and lots of nonstartchy veggies and other low-calorie, high bulk foods.

I have to "outsmart" the prednisone hunger.
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WOW, CONGRATS! You must have incredible willpower!!!! You go girl!

I gained 30 pounds on 60mg. I was so thirsty and hungry all the time. -- I had lupus tho, that attacked my joins and I was bed ridden for months and that really hindered my exercise and made me feel depressed. So I don't know if part of the prednisone weight gain was due to a depression of being un-mobile and eating for comfort.

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Old 04-28-2012, 06:15 PM   #5
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Thank you!
Kaplods- I adore carbs!! This is such a problem with me. I'm like a kicking screaming child trying to avoid them. I agree with you- I am going to check out low carb "diets" I HATE the word diet- and really try this:
your quote: I'm drastically cutting carbs, drinking a lot of fluids, and eating lots and lots of nonstartchy veggies and other low-calorie, high bulk foods.
Thank you for the encouraging words sweet ladies!


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Great job! It's such a challenge not to gain on Prednisone.

I hope your flare up calms down soon and that your colonoscopy goes well!
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Great job! It's such a challenge not to gain on Prednisone.

I hope your flare up calms down soon and that your colonoscopy goes well!
Thank you! I do feel much better
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HI goal4girl,

Good job , I am also sailing on same boat. for a month i didn't touch carbs and gluten foods. this helped me to loss 8 pounds in a month. past 3 weeks i am stuck at 133 or 134 scale . I am also having flare in my keens and wrists this is little obstacle in my exercise routine. but still keep dieting, keep motivating and reward your self.
more over keep smiling.
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