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4/9/14 8:20 P

Hey guys. I haven't been tracking my nutrition on this site for a long time. I usually get at least 75g of protein in, I'm not sure about the fiber. I think these drugs have effected my endocrine system for sure.

Rina - I'm sorry you're dealing with the med weight gain too. What makes me mad is that I thought for sure once I got off the med, I would lose the weight pretty fast and that hasn't happened yet. It's not fair for anyone to put in the hard work to be healthy and end up fat anyways.

I'm going to keep going and hope that it's just a plateau. If I have any success, I'll probably make another post.

4/7/14 7:45 P

It is really difficult to comment on your food intake; your nutrition tracker is not current.
Are you tracking someplace else??

I agree with the others about giving your body time to adjust.
Weight maintenance may be the best option for now.
When I plug in your info---I get a calorie range of about 1900-2100

Are you getting at least 75 grams of protein daily?
Are you getting at least 30 grams of fiber daily?

To give more helpful tips---it would be nice to see your current nutrition and food choices.

your SP Registered Dietitian

EXOTEC Posts: 3,327
4/7/14 12:33 P

Give yourself some time for your body to get back on a more balanced foundation. Even though you're off the meds, it may take a while for all its effects to clear from your metabolism, especially if it altered your endocrine system (which I wouldn't be surprised).

I checked your Nutrition Tracker... but there's only one day's listing there, from December. But, if you're still eating that way - it was pretty much nothing but pasta and rice. The daily total said something like 250 carbs.
Despite alternate recommendations, you don't need that quantity of carbs even if you're doing heavy exercise. You should look up a member by the name of RUSSELL_40. He's been able to do some amazing things for his health on his dietary plan, and he is/used to be (?) much into power training, too. He has sensible insights which might be useful to you.

Meanwhile, don't get too frustrated. Just keep on a good and healthy program and be patient. Your body's trying to come back to you. Give it time.

NIRERIN Posts: 13,444
4/7/14 8:31 A

"The first time I quit this med, I lost about 16 pounds in 2 weeks doing this same routine, so it's a mystery to me why the weigh isn't coming off now especially since I weigh more now."
16 lbs in 2 weeks is what basically amounts to a fluke. it's not normal or reasonable to expect. sure it might have happened once, but it's not something you should be expecting every time. you were younger the last time [it amazing the funny things that happen when we're young] and the meds has has less of a chance to wreak havoc. odds are that when you started the last time, your starting weight was a little high due to some water retention, which is why it came off so quickly. think eating a lot of salty foods before you got off the meds and then cutting them out when you cut out the meds.

4/7/14 7:17 A

That class of drugs is notorious for causing not only weight gain, but metabolic damage. I've been on Zyprexa, Geodon, and Abilify. Gained 70 pounds on Zyprexa, 80 on Geodon,, and now I'm on the Abilify and have gained 10 but cannot lose no matter what I do. I completely understand and feel your pain.

I've been Sparking for nearly six months. The best I've done is to be down six pounds. Then I get my menstrual cycle and gain four back. They stick. I bust butt and manage to get to down to six lost and then the cycle repeats. It's completely and utterly frustrating to put in the effort and not see results. I'm way behind my Spark line on the weight chart. It just bounces up and down.

I wish I had recommendations for you, but I am in the same boat. I don't think the same rules apply when medications wreak havoc on us. This class is just awful for that, but I can't function without them.

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4/7/14 2:19 A

You wanna know my suggestion? Try to relax. Worry = stress and stress is known to cause a person to hold on to weight! Everyone has stages where the weight plateaus or even gain a little. It doesn't meant that there is anything wrong. Over time you will look at this and wonder why you were worried, however, had you continued to under-eat, you would have had cause to worry!

Kris :-)

4/7/14 2:09 A

Thanks...I heard that before but I figured it was only bad if you were eating like 1100 calories a day. I'm going to stay at 2700 calories but based on the results of the last 2 weeks at roughly that amount of calories, I'm worried that the damage has been done and there isn't any way to fix it. My body used to function 100x better.

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4/6/14 10:57 P

This link will explain about eating too few calories:


4/6/14 10:38 P

Hey, thanks for the responses. SP says I should be eating ~2700 calories a day. I'm 28 and 5'8. This is the 2nd time I've been off this medication, insomnia got me stuck on it a 2nd time but this time the sleep problems seem to be gone for good. The first time I quit this med, I lost about 16 pounds in 2 weeks doing this same routine, so it's a mystery to me why the weigh isn't coming off now especially since I weigh more now. I have been weighing myself first thing when I wake up on the same scale.

Also, I've heard it can take a long time for results to show up but personally I always used to be able to lose 20-30 pounds in a month and keep it off if I just worked hard. I just don't get what happened now. I

I don't really like going to doctors so I haven't asked a doctor about it, because I'm 99% sure they will not have a solution. They barely know anything about the toxic side effects of these "medications" but they give them out anyway like it's no big deal.

Doesn't it make sense scientifically that the more calories you burn and the less you eat, the more weight you should lose? I don't see how the math adds up that I can't lose weight. I'm going to try to stay at around 2700 calories and exercise less but scientifically that approach doesn't make sense to me. It seems like running like you're training for a marathon, and eating healthy, would make you lose weight, especially if you were at an "obese" BF% at the start? I'm really upset about this, it sucks.

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4/6/14 10:13 P

What range has SP given you? Without knowing your age or height, I would guess that 1500-2000 is not enough calories for you. Have you put all your exercise etc. into SP for them to work out what your calorie range should be? If not, I would be inclined to start there.

" I can bench 300 but I look like I can only bench 150. I hate it, it's like years of hard work going to absolutely nothing."

It doesn't really matter what others THINK you can bench, the fact is you can bench an impressive amount of weight. That means that your years of hard work IS PAYING OFF!!!


ALGEBRAGIRL Posts: 1,925
4/6/14 5:52 P

What does your doctor say?

NIRERIN Posts: 13,444
4/6/14 5:35 P

it can take six weeks for results to show up on the scale. and that's doing just one thing. if you've upped your exercise, cut your calories, raised your calories and taken pills, especially all within the past month then your poor body has no clue what is going on. it needs a little time to figure out what the program is so that it knows to keep enough of what you need on hand instead of keeping everything just in case. it's retaining water from all the exercise and you might not be giving it enough time to recover between workouts. and the 1500-2000 cals looks pretty low to me, especially if you were eating 3000-4000 cals a day before and now you're working out more than you did then. the more things that you change and the more quickly you do it the harder it can be to see results. you need to pick your poison and give it time to see results.
and this might be stupid, but are you weighing yourself only first thing in the morning, after going to the bathroom but before ingesting anything? and on the same scale? because that's the easiest way to see changes in weight.

4/6/14 5:02 P

Hey everyone. I've been big into fitness for about 12 years now. I got misdiagnosed as bipolar and needing medication and started taking Zyprexa. It made me gain 70 pounds. It took a long time to get off this med because the withdrawals are terrible and cause insomnia, but I finally made it. I was determined to lose the weight once I stopped.

From the day I quit the med, I've been running 3-5 miles a day, 6 days a week, weight training about 2-3 days a week (I used to lift almost every day but toned it down to focus on fat loss), and keeping a diet of 1500-2000 calories. The thing is, I've been doing this for a month straight now and haven't lost any weight. I'm scared I might be permanently fat. Before I got on this medication, I could eat 3000-4000 calories a day, I couldn't even run a mile, and I was only 170 pounds. Now I'm 230. It makes no sense.

I'm desperate in need of some kind of advice to kick my metabolism back up. Ability-wise, I'm in the best shape of my life but I look like I don't even work out. I can bench 300 but I look like I can only bench 150. I hate it, it's like years of hard work going to absolutely nothing.

I tried taking a fat burner before cardio and this did not work. I also tried reverse dieting (increasing calories) and this didn't work either. It's like the weight just sticks no matter what. There's gotta be some way to recover from the damage. I'd really appreciate any advice :)

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