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Hi Everyone. I've been on antidepressants for many years now (yikes...about 20 years) with periodic med changes (Prozac, Wellbutrin, Lexapro) and attempts to go off of them. I didn't take them when I was pregnant or nursing ( three times ) and I have gone off of them for months at a time, but always end up back on them when my depression feels overwhelming. Currently I'm on Lexapro, 20 mg. I've gained about 15 pounds since I started taking Lexapro a year ago. I'm on day 27 of my first Whole30 today, and although I haven't weighed myself, my clothes aren't feeling any looser, and I don't think I look any different. I love the food, love the lack of stress about what to eat, and love the other non-scale victories, like less joint pain and better sleep. I'm wondering if I will ever be able to lose weight while I'm on this drug. I'm also wondering if I'll ever be able to go off of it...and if so, is it possible that diet could actually work to alleviate depression? Just wondering if anyone else has experience with any of this.
Just wanted to share my slow-and-steady-wins-the-race success story with everyone — especially those of you who are struggling or might be slow to see results. Today is Day 45 of my second Whole30. (I did my first one last summer.) It's been the FIRST day I've felt tiger blood. I don't plan to stop today or anytime soon. My body has been through a lot, and it needs the time to heal. Plus, I don't ever want to return to my old lifestyle. I've been slow to lose weight, and I've been slow to feel better. This has been disheartening, because so many Whole30 success stories are all, "Holy cow, I lost 18 pounds in 30 days and I feel like I want to climb a mountain!" I haven't felt any of that. While I feel so much more at peace with the food I'm putting into my body, I've been craving results — many of which are just now appearing. I lost six pounds in the first month, and given the amount of weight I need to lose (more than 60 pounds), that's not much at all. My energy has been really low. I haven't been "sleeping the sleep of the righteous." Despite following the plan to a T, I've wondered every day if I'm doing something wrong. But, in the past couple of days, things have started to pick up. And today, holy crap, I FEEL IT. I wish I would have been nicer and more patient with myself in the last month. I spent a lot of time feeling hopeless. Given my context, I think I just needed more time. I had a two-and-a-half-year bout with antidepressants, which completely wrecked my metabolism. Last year when I was on antidepressants, I did a Whole30 and lost zero weight. This year, I'm completely off of them, and my body is just now getting into the mode where it wants to burn fat. If you're on antidepressants and struggling to lose, it could be the antidepressants. It was for me. If you're interested in getting off them, work with your doctor to develop a very careful tapering plan. Coming off them was pure torture, but it's one of the best decisions I've ever made. Anyway, maybe I will be brave enough to share pictures in a couple of months, but for now, hang in there. For some of us, results are slower to come. That sucks, and it ain't fair, but it's OK.