weight loss


Question by  StanG (44)

How do I lose weight while on antidepressants?

I really need the antidepressants but I really need to lose weight.


Answer by  diane23 (1167)

Get extra exercise, aim for at least 30-45 minutes of cardiovascular exercise such as jogging, running, or bicycling, three to four times a week. If you think the antidepressants are causing you to gain weight, talk to your doctor about possibly switching to a different prescription. Everyone reacts differently to medications so taking another brand might help.


Answer by  Lily16 (73)

I have the same problem. I joined Weight Watchers and than started a limited exercise program of walking about a mile 3 times a week. Watching what I eat and doing the exercise is working albeit very slowly. The most important thing I do is to attend meetings without fail. It works.


Answer by  mcymom (67)

Increasing your activity level (exercising) will both elevate your mood and speed up your metabolism. Work some additional activity into your day, even some walking will help.


Answer by  reddeb96701 (494)

Just pick a good health diet and stick to it as best you can. Some antidepressants such as Prozac will help with wieght loss.


Answer by  John (9008)

Weight gain is a very common side effect for many anti-depressants. You will have a harder time losing weight while taking them, but it is not impossible! You just have to be even more careful about what you eat and get in a lot of exercise.


Answer by  Latin4 (11170)

I don't think antidepressants have anything to do with weight loss. If you stay away from rice, pasta, fried foods, sweets and drink plenty of water you should be okay. Stick with the fruits, veg and every once in a while you can have some pretzels or mico popcorn.

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