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Re: Damn Weight Gain

Posted by katie on July 25, 1999, at 17:53:21

In reply to Re: Damn Weight Gain, posted by Elizabeth on July 20, 1999, at 14:37:23

> I've got a q about this: *has* anyone tried any weight loss strategies (in addition to diet and exercise or changing meds) with success?
> I've heard rumors about a number of over-the-counter "food supplements" (i.e. unregulated drugs!) but I don't know which of these claims can be substantiated.

***************I've heard good and bad news about supplements. I tryed one with "thermogenic herbs" and didn't notice any effect on weight loss. Just making myself stay on a strict diet and exercise plan is about the only way I can lose weight. Those diet shakes to me are just that...shakes. Hell, I could have a milkshake and eat 3 regular meals. To me drinking a meal is TOTALLY different than eating one.
Since taking lithium I have gained weight, but I'm not going to put all of the blame on a drug. I haven't been trying real hard to lose the pounds. When I do finally get motivated, I should be able to lose this extra baggage. I was successful while on the lithium last year and lost 20 pounds on "Weight Watchers" It's a really sound program and they require you to exercise only 20 minutes a day. That's really not that much, plus you can eat pretty well considering it's supposed to be a "diet".

When it comes to changing meds to help you lose weight...think about it first. The topamax was supposed to make me lose weight, but instead the other side effects outnumbered lithium's and I didn't lose any weight and had to get back on the lithium. It's been my experience that you can't put too much stock in a drug for use in weight loss. I don't feel that popping a pill can change your personality enough to create a super person who can conquer everything life throws at him. Don't get me wrong I need my meds to get through the day, but I will always believe that it is within us as humans to create our own destiny and that we ultimately control the course our life takes. Whether that course is to quit smoking, stop drinking, losing weight or just being happy. God I think wants us to have faith, not only in Him, but in ourselves.

Sorry about the long-windedness, but I just wanted to make my point. Thanks for listening,





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