Persons taking antidepressants often complain of weight gain. At least 25% reported that they had gained weight while on the medication and this somehow added more injury to the present situation. In cases like this, doctors would recommend a change in the prescription, consultation with a dietician, and to increase activity levels like doing exercise and another thing that can boost one’s metabolism.
Experts often state that losing weight is just eating less and shedding the calories by exercising however many individuals practice this simple formula but still no significant weight loss was seen, or they have reached a plateau where their exercise routine and eating fewer calories does not give the once useful results. In this article, we will explore on ways how to lose that extra weight.
- The scale does not show it
It is normal for the scale to not move for a few days or weeks at a time but that does not mean that you are not losing fat. Body weight is affected by food consumption, hormones, and liquid intake. Another possibility is that you are gaining muscle while losing the fat. Muscle is much denser than fat. Experts recommended using an alternative measurement to gauge your progress. For instance, measure your waist circumference or your body fat percentage.
- Unaware of the calories of the food you are taking
Depression can make a person eat a lot or not eat at all. Eating while on the verge of an emotional meltdown, many people are unaware of the ingredients and the calories of the food that they consume. Research shows that keeping a food diary or taking a picture of your diet can help an individual to lose weight than those who do not consistently. According to Deborah Serani Psy.D., “Evidence, in fact, suggests that while serotonergic changes from antidepressants aid in reducing depressive symptoms, they actually aggravate weight gain by increasing carbohydrate cravings as well as other metabolic changes.”
- Less protein intake
Protein is the most vital nutrient needed for weight loss. Intake of protein at 25-30% of calories can increase metabolism by 80-100 calories per day which can limit your intake few calories per day. Protein can also reduce cravings and binge eating due to its effect on the appetite-regulating hormone, ghrelin. “Avoid eating protein at dinnertime if your medications make you snack all evening,” Judith J. Wurtman Ph.D. says. It is highly recommended to load up on the protein intake during breakfast to lessen food cravings throughout the day.
- Choose Whole Food.
Choose healthy food choices. Consume a large number of fruits and green leafy vegetables. These foods are better in nutrients and rich in fiber which in effect lessens hunger pangs. Remember that processed foods tagged as health food are not that healthy. Stick to fresh, organic and whole single-ingredient food.
- Not Lifting Weights
Another recommendation when losing weight is to lift weights or any resistance training. This type of exercise aids in maintaining muscle mass as well as preventing metabolic slowdown. Your goal, after all, is to look skinny and toned and not skinny fat.
- Not Doing Cardio Exercises
Cardio exercise is still the most effective way to improve one’s health and in burning belly fat and harmful visceral fat that engulfs and surrounds body organs.
Losing weight does not happen overnight. This will entail a lot of patience, perseverance, and effort regarding disciplining oneself in controlling appetite and choosing the right foods to eat. Try to consult your doctor once you observed that your medications are responsible for that extra pounds you are gaining. Do not take weight loss pills without your doctor’s authorization. Lastly, antidepressants are proven to manage depression effectively. If weight gain is your problem, there are many ways to put this at bay without compromising your drug intake. Sylvia R. Karasu M.D. explains that “Weight gain can occur in both the short and long term and may interfere with treatment compliance.” She adds that, “Clinicians should monitor patients carefully for weight-related and metabolic changes, as well as educate patients regarding healthy lifestyle choices of diet and exercise.”