Almost everyone who takes antidepressants gains at least 15 pounds. Add mood stabilizers to the mix of medications and weight can shoot up by 75 pounds or more. This is not a new side effect. Patients and their psychiatrists have been dealing with this unpleasant, unwanted and unneeded side effect for a decade or more. Yet a scan of articles about weight gain reveals pitifully little information on how to lose the weight. Stopping the medication is not an option, although oftentimes weight is lost quite rapidly when medication is not longer required.
The weight-loss advice given in medical articles and physician offices is no different than advice given to anyone who has to lose weight regardless of what caused it to be gained: Stop eating junk food, eat more vegetables and fish, eat less red meat, drink water, and exercise.
One of my clients told me the following story. "My therapist gave me a diet sheet that looked like something his mother might have followed 40...
Recently, I received an email from a man who described his wife's frustration at her weight gain. She had worked very hard at losing weight a few years earlier but had gained it back and more after her physician put her on antidepressant medication for her fibromyalgia. What caused their distress was the doctor's attitude toward her obesity. According to the husband, the doctor saw her as just one more "fat patient" in his office and had neither the time nor the patience to help her regain her formerly thin body. When the woman complained that the medication made her hungry all the time, the doctor responded by saying she ought to exert more self-discipline.
Anyone who is obese has a right to be disturbed and angry when the doctor sees only a "fat patient" instead of someone who needs understanding and help in dealing with the reasons behind the overeating.
Unfortunately, the time to uncover the causes for the obesity and support weight- loss efforts is...
It’s beginning to be that time of year when spring is beginning to show up. While we’re excited to see the trees starting to bud out in parts of the nation, that also means those pesky weight-loss ads encouraging everyone to be swimsuit-ready for summer are right around the corner.
But do you need to drop lots of weight to be healthy? Two recent studies add to the research base supporting the concept that dropping 5-10 percent of your body weight can go a long way in the health department. For a person who weighs 200 pounds, a five-percent weight loss is 10 pounds. A 10-percent loss would be 20 pounds.
One of these studies looked at obstructive sleep apnea, which is considered a chronic progressive disease that increases the risk of cardiovascular issues. A group of participants who were moderately obese and who had mild sleep apnea took part in this six-year study. At the start of the study, participants either received supervision on diet and exercise or only basic...
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