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Since I started on Wellbutrin and Depakote, I shaved about 800 calories off my daily intake.

The 2 days before I started, I ate nothing (emotional reasons...was hospitalized. Don't have ED)

And since then, I've been eating very light for 95% of meals. I only cheated once. I've switched back to a more or less ovo-lacto vegetarian diet since more options have become available other than freakin tofu (hellishly allergic to it).

So I'm eating less AND eating healthier. Since I started, I estimate that I have reduced my total caloric intake over the past 19 days by approximately 16,000+ calories.

According to commonly accepted math, that means I should have LOST around 4.6 pounds.

Only I haven't lost a single fucking pound. Not an ounce. Not an iota.

And I'm getting more and more stretch marks.

;) I can't even fucking look at myself in the mirror anymore without wanting to break it.

:) I hate my life.

:) Fucking disgusting fat failure.

When in shape, I normally barely fit into an A cup. Now I'm a C cup. It's all fucking fat. I'm disgusting. If I wasn't amazingly good in bed, my boyfriend probably would've dumped me a long time ago. I don't know how he can even fucking stand to look at me. Almost 2 years and he still doesn't tell me he loves me

...but that's a thread for another time.

Even when I do things right, I fail.

Shouldn't I be used to this by now?

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You aren't doing anything wrong. Depakote did that to me too. I blew up like a balloon. 10 pounds in the first week. It was extreme.

Most people say it levels off though. I had other issues with it too, so I had to quit so I don't know how easy it is to lose that initial weight after your body adjusts. I know people who take it and are losing weight through diet and exercise, but I don't know if they had that initial blow up effect you and I had.

Maybe some longterm users will have some better advice. Low carb/low glycemic is definitely going to be the best way to eat.

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You aren't doing anything wrong. Depakote did that to me too. I blew up like a balloon. 10 pounds in the first week. It was extreme.

Most people say it levels off though. I had other issues with it too, so I had to quit so I don't know how easy it is to lose that initial weight after your body adjusts. I know people who take it and are losing weight through diet and exercise, but I don't know if they had that initial blow up effect you and I had.

Maybe some longterm users will have some better advice. Low carb/low glycemic is definitely going to be the best way to eat.

But I wasn't even a healthy weight when I started. I am not even 5'4" (161cm) and I almost weigh 200 lbs (90kg) My "normal" weight is about 140 lbs (64kg)

If I am burning more calories than I take in.... then....wtf?

By what mechanism does the Depakote make you gain weight? Does it fuck with your metabolism? Make you hold water? Fool your endocrine system?

Scary.

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BTDT with depakote, but it wasn't as bad as seroquel for weight gain. What I believe is the fucking-with-metabolism. I can freakin' starve myself, and not lose weight. Have you had your thyroid checked? It probably won't *affect* it, but if you were hypo without knowing it, the synthroid might help.

I'm trying to incorporate more exercise in as I can. Hell, may not lose the weight, but maybe it'll shift into more muscles. My father's family gave me broad shoulders and broad hips (I'm 5'!), so even thin I look like a linebacker.

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