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Does anyone else feel that way?

 

And do you think that the feeling of hunger triggers the metabolism to slow down like it would if we were *actually* hungry?

 

I've been on that new fasting diet for a while now, and while I am losing some weight, it's not as much as I used to lose on any diet. On the other hand it's supposed to be really good for things like blood pressure, risk of diabetes and heart disease, so I'm probably going to stay on it either way, as it doesn't trigger any old bad eating habits for me.

 

What do you guys do to avoid gaining like crazy? (I'm 40 pounds + above my old weight)

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What do you guys do to avoid gaining like crazy?  Good question!  

I'm taking 30 mg of Ability and find the scale slowly creeping up Ib by Ib.  I realized I had to restrict my calorie intake in order to slowly lose the extra weight.  

 

I now purchase more fruit and vegetables; a lot of fruit.  I tend to feel hungry even after a meal b/c of the meds I'm on.  Snacking on fruit and drinking lots of water has helped.

 

Clarice, are you drinking lots of liquid?  I found it helps me feel satiated.  Good luck with your weight loss goals.  

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I gained about 50% of my body weight on Abilify (I was pretty small, but ended up a tad overweight anyway).

 

The hunger! I cannot make that make sense to people when I explain why I gained weight. It was REALLY intense and hard to ignore. I don't know why else I gained that much weight! I'd just get these REALLY bad cravings for the worst shit imaginable and just go with it because I couldn't ignore it! 

 

That being said, I managed to lose 15lbs once on Abilify, but I gained it right back. Took a LOT of willpower to do even that. Like, A LOT. It was almost as hard as quitting smoking, to me anyway. Changing eating habits is difficult and I had the same poor ones for the two years I was on Abilify. Just started eating like crazy and also not thinking of the consequences.

 

How I lost that fifteen pounds was through a fairly decent diet and counting calories, but I quickly got carried away with it, figured it would be better for my health if I STOPPED THAT and ended up gaining it all back.

 

Good luck. I found it incredibly difficult to avoid weight gain on that med. Losing it was torture because I was ALWAYS hungry and felt like I was starving all the time when I should have gotten used to doing the diet the RIGHT way initially. That shit is HARD.

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I'm taking abilify at the moment, I don't think it's affected my eating patterns

However if you wish to drop a few pounds intermittent fasting and exercise is probably the best way to do so ;)

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I use a site called myfitnesspal to log everything I eat; that keeps me accountable so I don't snack throughout the day. I've managed to lose 40 of the about 60-80 pounds I gained from Seroquel and Zoloft. I don't know how effective it would have been for me to use when I was taking those meds that increased my appetite; had I logged everything daily, I may not have gained as much, in retrospect.

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I've gained 30 lbs while on 30 mg of Abilify. I'm pretty choked about it. So, since I've been stable for a while, we are lowering my Abilify hopefully back down to 12 mg, in the hope that the weight gain will stop. 

 

Abilify causes me to sleep like 12 hours a night and to crave sugar. That's definitely why I've gained so much weight. The craving for sugar and the hunger is intense, and painful. 

 

Good luck with your weight loss goal! :)

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Fortunately my weight hasn't been affected by being on Abilify.  To help lose weight maybe cut out all sugary drinks and as much sugar as possible (I know it is hard to cut it ALL out, but some will most likely make you feel less deprived).  Aside from the cake I just had, I usually don't eat much sugar and artificial sweeteners, and concentrate on protein, vegetables, and fruit.  That is helping me lose a little weight.

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The funny thing is I managed to gain all this on relatively normal, healthy food. Just waaay too much of it. Like a lot of you said I found the hunger painful and impossible to ignore.

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The funny thing is I managed to gain all this on relatively normal, healthy food. Just waaay too much of it. Like a lot of you said I found the hunger painful and impossible to ignore.

 

Have you heard of naltrexone?  I was put on it to control my appetite, which was like a huge craving of everything every day.  It is a med for smokers to help stop smoking, or alcoholics to help stop drinking, but it also works to help get food cravings under control.  Maybe you can bring this up with your pdoc.

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If you are fasting, it slows down weight loss. If you don't eat *x* number of calories per day, your body thinks it is starving, and starts to conserve calories. I forget what the minimum amount of calories you must consume is, but you might find it on a WeightWatcher's site.

 

If you mean you were fasting, and haven't been able to on Abilify, sorry for misunderstanding. But fasting does slow down weight loss, anyway.

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I forget what the minimum amount of calories you must consume is

 

It really depends on the person and activity level, but I am pretty sure it is about 1200 calories/day. 

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Well, I know that fasting in itself slows weight loss down, but fasting once in a while and still eating *some* calories on those days doesn't, I think. I've lost 2 kilos in a week, and I feel really good. I have a lot more energy. But my doctor knows what I'm doing, so no worries.

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