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Mental and Fat

Discussion in 'Health and wellbeing' started by historicallass, Feb 6, 2011.

  1. historicallass

    historicallass New commenter


    <hr style="color:#d1d1e1;background-color:#d1d1e1;" /> Hi All,

    This is not a positive thread


    I have been diagnosed with clinical depression for almost 3 years. I
    have had long times off work. I am now at the stage I handle stuff
    reasonably. I am a teacher and to everyone on the outside I seem normal.


    I have only been on plan since NYE

    Being fat is part of me, and I am fighting it. My anti depressant is
    know to slow the metabolism and lead to weight gain. I drink heavily
    once a week for an escape and I am scared I cannot maintain a loss, or
    get to my interim target of 12st. Has anyone else been in a similar
    place? HL x
     
  2. historicallass

    historicallass New commenter


    <hr style="color:#d1d1e1;background-color:#d1d1e1;" /> Hi All,

    This is not a positive thread


    I have been diagnosed with clinical depression for almost 3 years. I
    have had long times off work. I am now at the stage I handle stuff
    reasonably. I am a teacher and to everyone on the outside I seem normal.


    I have only been on plan since NYE

    Being fat is part of me, and I am fighting it. My anti depressant is
    know to slow the metabolism and lead to weight gain. I drink heavily
    once a week for an escape and I am scared I cannot maintain a loss, or
    get to my interim target of 12st. Has anyone else been in a similar
    place? HL x
     
  3. harsh-but-fair

    harsh-but-fair Senior commenter

    You do know that alcohol is a depressant and fattening, don't you?
     
  4. Torey

    Torey Occasional commenter

    If you are over weight your GP due to medication they can offer support. I'd also get some help to stop drinking. Isn't it advised not to with your medication?
     
  5. When I suffered from depression and anxiety I was prescribed Dosulepin, which was brilliant apart from making me pile on weight and having "DO NOT DRINK ALCOHOL WITH THIS MEDICATION" plastered all over the packet.
    If yours is the same - or indeed most of the tricyclics - there isn't anything your GP can give you to mitigate the increase in appetite, although you could try twisting their arm for Alli or similar. But you really shouldn't drink with antidepressants if for no better reason than it makes no sense to take a depressant with an antidepressant! The anxiety that persists for a while after a bender is probably not helpng your nerves either.
    And if none of that persuades you, just look at the calories it contributes - 700 calories in one bottle of wine. From iVillage:
    "One beer every night adds 1,036 additional calories per week, or 15 pounds to your stomach per year. No wonder they call it a beer belly. Three glasses of dry wine a week will cost you 318 calories, or an additional three miles on the treadmill just to walk off the extra calories."

     
  6. Since when is being fat "part of" anyone? It can be a long-term situation, one you got used to and made excuses for, but it is actually reversible.
     

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