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Hi Everyone!

  So I switched from Ritalin to Adderall about a year ago to control the symptoms of my obnoxious ADD, and it works really well to help me kind of, quiet my manic mind enough to feel motivated and capable to start and finish whatever I'm working on. Great med, The only problem is that I have lost a pretty intense amount of weight since I started taking it, and it doesn't seem to be getting much better.  Did anyone else have this problem with adderall for so long? Any suggestions?

Thanks!

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I lost weight on every stimulant I was on, both the immediate release & the extended release. Even the non-abrasive stimulant Strattera.

 

Every single one killed my appetite, and I could never seem to maintain the weight I had either. And honestly, it's pretty typical for stims.

 

My advice, is to not plan big meals. If you are anything like me; (1) you aren't hungry to eat it anyway, and (2) if you force yourself to eat it will make you sick. If anything, eat smaller meals throughout the day. And when you have the very short feeling of physical hunger rumble (but not I'm hungry rumble) grab a small amount of food like some apple sauce, yogurt, or even a bag of chips.

 

Usually, the loss of appetite or just plain don't recognize hunger (*raises hand* this one was mine) tends to even out but not go away altogether. The longest actual stimulant I was on was Ritalin and it never went away completely, but it did eventually come to the point where I could eat small meals and not become overindulged with a piece of corn. As well, where I could keep my weight at a (almost) normal BMI for my body.

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Yep,  I work out small,really high calorie meals .  I keep the stuff in the fridge and a list of suggestions pinned to the front of the fridge.

 

If I don't keep that list there then my mind goes blank and I just forget that I have options.  The tough thing is to get the fruit and veges component up because they tend to be low calorie and fill you up ; so I juice lots of them and mix in cream and greek yoghurt.

 

Little pastries are great and creamy pasta sauces and almost anything french.   I have to be careful that things are quick to prepare otherwise by the time I get to eat them I feel sated with the smell and just want to dump them in the bin !

 

A kindly dietitian helped me develop recipes and she loved it because everyone she sees needs to lose weight.   

Oh,  lots of cheese, pork crackling and roast chicken skin.

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I lost a good 40 lbs in a few months while taking Adderall.  For me, it was a welcome change as I was overweight.  I really only ate when I needed the energy.  If you're trying to stay away from losing too much weight, grazing throughout the day and eating a couple of solid meals might be a better strategy.  

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Cyproheptadine 4mg twice a day works actually very welll at stimulating the appetite when on ADHD medications which suppress the appetite.

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I would do anything to have this problem... I'm on 60 mg of Dexedrine and very obese.

I did lose a lot of weight when I first started Adderall, but a few years ago, I took Parnate and it put a ton of weight on me and I haven't been able to lose it since.

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2 hours ago, mikl_pls said:

I would do anything to have this problem... I'm on 60 mg of Dexedrine and very obese.

I did lose a lot of weight when I first started Adderall, but a few years ago, I took Parnate and it put a ton of weight on me and I haven't been able to lose it since.

Im at 90mg dextroamp. a day, but sometimes take more, sometimes less. I legit lose my appetite for 4-5 days at a time during periods of >90mg daily (i.e. final exam week, training at work, etc.) I seriously do wonder sometimes how my body physically keeps going after days of no sustenance. During binges I rely on vitamins to supplement the lack of solid food and nutrients I get during these periods. I wonder if you could also take phentermine in combination with your other stimulant meds, even though I know you have used it before, maybe give it another go round

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14 hours ago, mmaryland said:

Cyproheptadine 4mg twice a day works actually very welll at stimulating the appetite when on ADHD medications which suppress the appetite.

There are several meal replacement shakes on the market. I use those if I can't muster eating a meal. I found the appetite suppression gets less over a year or so.

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You might want to consider protein or meal replacement shakes during the day while your medication is still in effect.   If you are on instant release Adderall, that can make it easier to squeeze in  a mid-day meal.  If you are in a state where MJ is legal it might be an option as long as you don't consume enough to counteract the stimulant.  

  I've been wanting to give soylant a try just because of the name.  

The price below is for 12.. 
 

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24 minutes ago, Velvet Elvis said:

You might want to consider protein or meal replacement shakes during the day while your medication is still in effect.   If you are on instant release Adderall, that can make it easier to squeeze in  a mid-day meal.  If you are in a state where MJ is legal it might be an option as long as you don't consume enough to counteract the stimulant.  

  I've been wanting to give soylant a try just because of the name.  

The price below is for 12.. 
 

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I tried that before I found it was gmo.  Should have read the details beforehand. 

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1 minute ago, Velvet Elvis said:

GMOs are harmless.  

 

Not when Monsanto conveniently adds the Epicyte gene to widely-consumed foods such as GMO grown gown, that when GMOs are definitely considered harmful. What function does Epicyte serve other than preventing pregnancy and the formation functional, fertile male sperm

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17 minutes ago, Velvet Elvis said:

GMOs are harmless.  

 

You are free to consume whatever you want.  Gmos are poison, do your research.  

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54 minutes ago, gb84 said:

You are free to consume whatever you want.  Gmos are poison, do your research.  

All broccoli, brussels sprouts and cabbage are GMOs. 

We have been genetically modifying plants since we started cross breeding.  

Yeah, Monsanto can be scummy, but that's the result of the lack of government regulation, not any fault in the tool itself.  Genetic modification is a tool.  You don't blame a tool when someone uses it in a harmful way.

The scientific consensus on the safety of GMOs is just as strong as that for climate change and vaccine safety.   

Here is a decent rundown:

https://www.skepticalraptor.com/skepticalraptorblog.php/the-solid-gmo-scientific-consensus/

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1 hour ago, Velvet Elvis said:

All broccoli, brussels sprouts and cabbage are GMOs. 

We have been genetically modifying plants since we started cross breeding.  

Yeah, Monsanto can be scummy, but that's the result of the lack of government regulation, not any fault in the tool itself.  Genetic modification is a tool.  You don't blame a tool when someone uses it in a harmful way.

The scientific consensus on the safety of GMOs is just as strong as that for climate change and vaccine safety.   

Here is a decent rundown:

https://www.skepticalraptor.com/skepticalraptorblog.php/the-solid-gmo-scientific-consensus/

Dear Jesus lord, protector of all that is holy, deliver me from ignorance... 

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there are some non-GM meal replacement shakes available if that is your thing, and if you have time you can make your own

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On 12/18/2018 at 6:19 PM, Velvet Elvis said:

I've been wanting to give soylant a try just because of the name.  

My brother, who isn’t on any meds, and doesn’t have an eating disorder, just terrible eating habits and the metabolism of a greyhound, likes Soylent pretty well, though I think he said the original flavor is pretty unappealing.

I drink Vega One shakes, which are a powder, and vegan, although I mix them with milk because I find them utterly horrid if made with water. I like the chocolate. My problem is just that I forget to eat. I think it’s some sort of autism thing. I don’t get hunger pangs. 

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Soylent is great. Work is often too busy for lunch. It’s handy to just drink one during meetings. In terms of taste, it is much less vile than most other meal replacement drinks. Less sweet. Never tried original, but the other flavors I’ve had seemed fine.

the powder is cheaper than the rtd. Doesn’t taste as good however.

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I personally like the taste of Soylent, it tastes like "cereal" and milk, but kinda less sweet. That's just me though.

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