Posted by Kathy99 on April 15, 2001, at 16:44:08
In reply to Re: Weight gain and SSRIs-metabolism?, posted by Dubya on April 15, 2001, at 16:23:26
> Well, I am guessing that cravings for carbohydrates like junk food, pasta or bread increase. Another theory would be, that metabolism slows down?
That may be, that carbohydrate "craving" may be greater, but you'd still need to overeat to gain extra weight. Carbohydrates have only half the calories of fat, so cravings for bread are preferable to cravings for cheese!
I looked up articles on Medline about this and saw one study that suggested that it wasn't the medication that may be the "cause" of weight gain, but the cure for depression itself.
I also wonder why a person accustomed to being slim wouldn't be on their guard when gaining weight. Some people on this forum mention weight gains of 30-40 lbs.! That's quite a lot of extra calories! (an extra 3500 kcals = 1 lb. fat)