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...
As most of you know my oldest daughter Melina had acid reflux as an infant and outgrew it. Most of my recent blogs have been about our youngest refluxer Ella and her journey with this painful disease. Unfortunately Ella's twin sister Ava has also started to have some symptoms of reflux and her physician recently placed her on medication as well.
Ava is pretty tiny to begin with and this bout with stomach pain has really been hard to watch. She just does not have a lot of reserves should she skip a few meals due to stomach aches. Obviously this is very concerning to myself and my husband.
Last week we decided that in addition to the mediations we needed to take a more proactive role in maintaining Ava's weight. We pulled all of the reflux triggers from her diet and started doing more calorically dense meals. Smaller and more frequent feedings have also helped her immensely.
We have also added a supplement called DuoCal to Ava's diet and switched her back to whole m...
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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