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I have been working out for 2 weeks now. I do weights and cardio 3 days a week and just cardio 2 days a week, an hour a day. So far, no change. The scale hasn't moved and my clothes aren't showing any loss. My pdoc thinks my weight gain has come from the Lamictal, which Im going off of and am currently at 50 mg. My tdoc said it may take until Im completely off the Lamictal for the weight to start coming off. I have 2 more weeks! It's so unmotivating to continue working so hard to accomplish nothing. Anyone have any advice, or have any of you actually lost weight while on meds that cause weight gain.

Oh, and I have 70 lbs to lose!!

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I have lost 12.6 pounds on a strict diet (I explained it in a previous thread if you want details). I started the diet Oct 24th I believe.

I tried exercise and healthy foods and just continued to gain to the point of obesity. I really think it's all about the diet and exercise is more of a bonus. Carbs and fats are not your friend.

Lamictal is normally weight neutral and I would put my money on lithium being your problem.

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Dittos on the Lithium.

My neice was on Seroquel (100mgs X 2 daily) and gained a killer amount of weight in a year. But since it worked well to stabilize her when nothing else did, it was the best thing for her.

When at the beginning of the school year it started crapping out on her and it was either move her to an AC or up her Seroquel, it was decided that Lamictal would be the better choice. Even with all the risks involved. Because her weight was fast approaching diabetes danger point and any more would be really risking it. (She's only 9 and is an Ultradian rapid cycler)

She's up to 200mgs of Lamictal a day in one dose in the PM and she's doing really well on it. Although we may have to up it to an additional 50mg in the AM after xmas break. (she's hitting a growth spurt) She's not gained (or lost) any weight, she's merely growing into the weight she already had. Her moods are fairly stable now that she's reached a maintenance dose and everything is pretty much hunky dory.

Then again, she is an HFA, Bipolar, nine-year pre-pubescent girl.

So YMMV.

Considerably.

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  • 4 weeks later...

I've lost 19.5 pounds now on my medically supervised, strict as hell, low carb/low fat/low cal diet. I'm losing much slower than regular clients who aren't on all these crazy meds, about 2-2.5 pounds a week instead of the 4-5 pounds others are losing.

In my opinion, using all 3 methods of diet at once, plus exercise is most effective. I really wasn't doing well on my own. I need the supervision and accountability.

Without the medical supervision, I wouldn't go below 1200 calories a day though. It's not impossible, just hard as hell. ;)

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