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Re: prozac weight gain

Posted by Elizabeth on March 28, 1999, at 5:20:01

In reply to Re: prozac weight gain, posted by Cindy on March 25, 1999, at 20:07:36

I didn't gain weight when I was taking Prozac (I took it for three years). I didn't even regain the weight I had lost while depressed.

Nardil was a different story; I went from being 15 lbs underweight to 55 lbs overweight. I'd never had weight problems before in my life (this is the only med that's ever made me gain significnt amounts of weight), so I didn't even notice what was happening until I just couldn't fit into my pants anymore.

After that fiasco was over, I didn't try to make drastic lifestyle changes like exercising vigorously and eating only sugar-free, fat-free foods. Rather, I moderated. I ate chicken and turkey sandwiches instead of hamburgers, fruit instead of ice cream, and so on. I looked for low-fat foods that I liked, and I kept a list of them. I started walking places instead of taking public transit. Now I'm back to my "ideal" weight. Maybe it would have taken less time (this took me about a year) if I'd gone on a hard core diet and fitness kick, but I think that this way, I'm less likely to gain it back. And perhaps more importantly, I didn't stress about it, I just took my time and eventually I prevailed.

Anyway, my point is, you don't have to go on some kind of rigorous diet and exercise regimen to lose weight. Good luck with it, eh?




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