metabolism

Diet Changes

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)”

Ugh!

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!

Yo-Yo Dieting

There are a few celebrities that seem to always be in the news for their weight loss and gain. The first two that come to my mind are Oprah and Kirstie Alley. It seems like every time I’m standing in line at the grocery store the tabloids are full of unflattering photos of celebrities gaining weight, paparazzi photos of them eating in public, embarrassing bikini shots.


Sometimes I wonder if Oprah is more famous for her weight struggles than for being an iconic TV host.

Recently, Kirstie Alley lost 100 pounds because of being on the show Dancing With the Stars and eating an organic diet.  She said, “There was nothing positive about being fat.” She used to weigh around 230 pounds, now 100 pounds lighter she’s showing off her body:

I’ve always thought that Kirstie Alley is a gorgeous woman–even when she weighs a little more. She has nice curves, enviable curves. I think she looks amazing in that latest photo! Good for her! I really hope that she’s done yo-yo dieting and that this time she’ll keep it off.

I understand why diet companies (Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig, Nutrisystem, etc) want celebrities as their spokespeople. They are recognizable and well-liked. The problem is that some of these celebrities rarely keep the weight off. They are constantly on diets, going up and down, up and down, instead of just making a commitment to real change.

Do you relate to these celebrities who yo-yo diet? Do you yo-yo diet?

Studies show that two-thirds of dieters regain more weight within four or five years than they initially lost the first time. It’s a sad statistic and I’m trying my damndest to NOT become a statistic.

Constant yo-yo dieting makes it harder to keep the weight off because when body mass decreases by 10 percent or more, it ends up slowing down your metabolism. Going on and off diets also changes other aspects of your physiology, such as increasing hunger hormones and making it difficult to lose the weight the second time around. As this article states, yo-yo dieting is an  “unlivable eating plan” with consequences.

I wish there was a real celebrity that has lost weight without yo-yo dieting and has kept it off by maintaining their healthy habits. Is there anyone out there? For the life of me I can’t think of one. I wish there was this kind of spokesperson out there to encourage people in their efforts.

I’ve written about dieting in the past. I stated that it was a lifestyle change, not a temporary fix that is maintainable without the hard work. So stop dieting, stop yo-yoing up and down. You’ll feel better for it. Be a success story!

Avoiding the Yo-Yo

  • Address the emotional aspect. This is the hardest part for me. The emotional eating, the stress eating, the eating to feel better are all detrimental to keeping it off. It’s a slippery slope once the emotional monster rears it’s ugly head. Therapy helps me. Talking to friends helps. Writing gets it all out.
  • Is your goal realistic? If you are 5’4 you might never weigh 110 pounds. Try making a realistic, achievable goal. When I was 250+ pounds I knew that I would never weigh 120 pounds but I knew I could do 150. And I did.
  • Find a program that works in the LONG RUN–Weight Watchers, counting calories, whichever fits you best. It needs to be a program that you will stick to. If you need the support of a group, take advantage of that.
  • Exercise. At least4-5 days a week. And I’m not talking mild exercise. Really work up a sweat and get your metabolism going! Make exercise a part of your life, make it something you LIKE and will continue doing.

And finally: don’t QUIT once you get to that goal weight. The work continues. It will continue forever and that’s okay. Don’t be discouraged or overwhelmed. Just tell yourself that it’s all part of life: maintaining the loss is now part of your norm.

QUESTION: Are you a yo-yo dieter? What steps are you taking to stop the cycle?