On antidepressants. Need to lose weight. How to get started?
January 15, 2008 4:28 PM Subscribe
I'm taking SSRIs. I've experienced significant weight gain while on them and am now trying to work it off. How to get started?
posted by anonymous to health & fitness (13 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
I need assistance with physical fitness and getting back into optimal shape while on Celexa/SSRIs.
I'm male, 28, 6'3 and currently 255 lbs. I started taking Celexa in June 2007 (started on Lexapro, switched over to Celexa over cost issues) to help treat severe anxiety and regular panic attacks.
On the mental front, the combination of SSRIs and therapy have worked wonders. I feel like a new person. But before I started taking Celexa, I weighed 220 lbs. That means I gained 35 lbs. in a little over six months.
The problem is that, once I started taking SSRIs, I lost interest in working out. While before I'd go running on 3 mile runs at least 4x a week and go to the gym 3x weekly, I simply stopped working out for six months or so. In addition, Celexa really f'd with my head in regard to hunger. I could eat a huge meal - a footlong sub, a few slices of pizza, a Chipotle burrito and be hungry two hours later.
Combine the lack of exercise, the overeating and the metabolic changes that came with going on SSRIs and, bam, I gained a ton of weight.
Now I want to work on losing it and getting back to where I was before (and, hopefully, lose even more weight and build more muscle). I'm consciously eating healthily and forcing myself to work out daily. Accepting my current weight isn't an option; I looked damn good before and don't want to resign myself to looking like a premature John Goodman.
But the big question... has anyone been in this situation and managed to do it successfully? Or if you haven't, if advice can be offered?