It’s been awhile since I talked about medication and anxiety, etc. Here are a few posts to give some background:
Medications and Weight – the brief history of starting prozac because of my postpartum anxiety.
Positive Thinking, Positive Change – The post where I talk about gaining 10 pounds when I increased the dosage of prozac and trying a different medication.
Keto Background – The post where I decided to try the keto diet in order to lose the weight.
What was so frustrating about gaining 10 pounds on prozac last year was that I was still working out. I was still counting my calories. I did some research and it seems like prozac in particular, changes the metabolism in your brain. There are some theories that it might cause insulin resistance, as well. I read through a bunch of online medical journals and reports and articles. Some of which I understood–a lot was over my head. But there was definitely evidence of prozac causing weird shifts in your metabolism and WHAT you crave.
I know that when I increased the dosage from the minimal I was craving sugar and carbs like mad. I went back down to 10mg and the cravings decreased. I went on the keto diet and lost some weight in the beginning and then the weight loss stopped.
“It has been observed that Prozac and weight gain go hand in hand, especially in women. (source)”
I mean, none of this is news to me, really. I’ve had a history of depression my whole life and I’ve tried a bunch of different medications over 20+ years. I had bad experiences with Paxil, Effexor (40 pound weight gain), Celexa (15 pound gain), Zoloft, Lexapro, Wellbutrin (the best one,that never caused weight gain). I know that antidepressants can cause weight gain. Which is why I try and be more diligent–keep counting my calories and keep working out.
I’ve been doing okay lately with my anxiety and at my last therapy session my doctor “cleared” me of having a “clinical mental health issue.” They don’t say cured. 😉 I’m not cured, I will always struggle with anxiety, but I am using the tools I learned to try and manage it. Which is why I thought maybe it’s time to stop the prozac, see how I manage without it and HOPEFULLY finally lose the weight.
It’s been pretty frustrating this year that I didn’t lose a lot of weight doing the keto diet. Especially following a bunch of keto people on Instagram and seeing drastic weight changes for people doing the diet. It felt like my body adapted really quickly to doing keto and then just STOPPED losing weight. No matter what I did. It wasn’t even a slow weight loss…it just stopped.
It takes about a month for prozac to be completely out of my system. But I’m ready to try and see if it helps me with weight loss. It’s been a struggle the last few months to stay committed to keto when I’m not seeing results.
Finally, you might want to check out this podcast about metabolism. It was really interesting and informative!
Good for you for trying all available options and researching everything-I have always admired your tenacity and persistence-and am happy there is better control now.
Thanks! We’ll see how it goes
It is always fascinating to me how differently people can react to the same nutritional plan – frustrating sometimes, but interesting. I hope that taking a break from the meds brings you the desired results!
It’s definitely interesting! It just goes to show you that there is not ONE MAGIC DIET for everyone. Every body is different and some people respond really well to certain things, others don’t.
I hope getting the meds out of your system will help you out. Keto is too hard for me. I don’t do well with really low carbs. Lower is better, but not that low LOL.
I actually did ok. The thing with keto is that you are eating higher fats so you aren’t hungry like you are on a traditional low carb diet. I didn’t mind that part! But yes, it IS hard to be that low.
Just found you’re posts and I’m in the Exact same place! It’s been 4 weeks on keto and I have lost 0 lbs. I would love to know if getting off Prozac helped at all
yes, but my weight gain was dose dependent, so if I reduce prozac, I don’t gain weight.