The Antidepressant Diet

The connection between carbohydrates, serotonin, and antidepressant weight gain

Binge Eating

I am currently on Celexa for depressive symptoms and to treat my binge eating disorder. I love it and find my cravings and binge eating have greatly decreased since starting the medication. The key for me is outlining a healthy eating plan and tracking my nutrition and fitness online. Good luck to everyone!

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Weight gain fron antidep

When I started antidep I was 40 years old and at 5'6' never weighed more than 122 in my life. I was a solid runner and huge hiker. Within a year I had gained 25 lbs. I was constantly starving. I ate foods that I had never eaten before. It was like my whole system changed on me. I felt awful and wasn't able to keep up my exercise. I was embarrassed for people to see me as it looked like I had no will power. I never regained that body nor the way I used to eat and exercise. I should have just waited the depression out as it would have eventually gone away. My life changed the day I started those meds. The meds never did work properly either. So here I sit fatter than ever as my whole system changed and even though I am no longer on the meds, I have never been able to go back. I still overeat and am hungry all the time. I hate this body and who I 've become.

intractable weight gain

I am so sorry that your side effects from the meds have lasted so long. Are you unable to go back to exercising the way you did ? And are you craving carbohydrates? Have you been following a high protein diet? If you have attempted to lose weight by cutting out carbs, then you may be depleting your brain of serotonin, making you more vulnerable to depression and your muscles depleted of energy as well. Or do you think you metabolism was changed by the medication? One hopes that physicians are aware of these side effects from antidepressants and give the help and support to their patients that they need. If I can be of any help, privately, please reach me through our face book( serotonin power diet) or web page, serotonin power diet .com

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Judith Wurtman, Ph.D., is the co-author of The Serotonin Power Diet and the founder of a Harvard University hospital weight-loss facility.

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