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The Connection Between Antidepressants And Weight Loss

The link between depression and weight loss has a considerable amount of scholarship behind it. People who are depressed often lurch into unhealthy habits of all kinds, one of which is binge eating, and another of which is cessation of exercise. Taken together, these two changes can lead to an unhealthy level of weight gain.

The question becomes whether antidepressants and weight loss have a connection beyond the elimination of the depression and the changes in behavior. Whether or not that connection exists, eliminating depression is a helpful step that can increase your quality of life substantially.

Antidepressants help you correct the symptoms of your depression. This helps you correct the issues with your appetite so that you can get your weight under control. Some people refer to depression as a sickness, and they are correct. If you are depressed, you do not lack motivation, and you are not lazy. You might come across that way to others, but those are just the symptoms of your problem. Many of the people who think that depression is not an illness are going to think that you are crazy when you begin to seek treatment and make your life more palatable.

Quite a few antidepressants treat depression, panic disorders and anxiety. Because gaining weight is one of the most common symptoms of depression, the connection between antidepressants and weight loss appears to be a strong one, and a medication like Paxil or Wellbutrin corrects the depression symptoms. When those symptoms go away with the medication, the hunger pushing your weight vanishes as well, and the result is a loss in weight.

For some people, antidepressants affect your weight more than others. If you find that your weight loss skyrockets to an unhealthy level, it is important to check in with your physician to demonstrate your concern. Antidepressants do work on the brain. However, they also led to diarrhea, leading to malabsorption of nutrients in the stomach, and you lose calories — and lose weight in the process.

About 30 days ago, I began a prescription for Wellbutrin. The results have been amazing! I already have clothes looser than they were before I started this medicine. Wellbutrin also controls my sense of depression, but I still experience some blues now and then. My physician told me to add Paxil to my morning routine. He asked me about my appetite, because Paxil cuts appetite in some people.

Another way to lose weight is to make sure you get plenty of sleep. My doctor prescribed 100 mg of Trazadone for me. That made it easy to go to sleep, but I would still wake up at night. I have insomnia that is significant. For effective weight loss, you need proper sleep levels.

Weight loss does not occur with everyone on antidepressants. Instead, about 10 percent of people who take them notice an appetite drop. Sometimes it is temporary, but some people have this as a permanent side effect while they are taking the drug. Antidepressants and weight loss have many health benefits for you.

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    Health Diet Tips To Keep Myself Skinny And Healthy? I am 115lbs and I am 13. I was wondering if anyone had any health tips to keep myself healthy.

    I was looking into this diet where I would start with eating protein and gradually work my way into eating my fruits and vegetables. Does anyone know what this diet is called?

    (Please, No comments with additude. Any other comments will be appreciated. Thanks so much!)
    Also, I don’t want to be on a diet plan (Such as Weight Watchers). Thanks!

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      Water

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    How Can I Get Healthy? -Health Tips? This year, I made it a point to become healthy. I have lost some weight and got rid of some acne.

    I really want to be healthy, and make sure that I look healthy.

    Can you give me some all over health tips?
    Im a teen girl by the way.

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      Hey,

      The best advice I can give you is exercise daily and eat well. Eat at least 5 portions of fruit or vegetables a day. Try to cut out as much sugar and snacks as you can manage. Drink plenty of water. Exercise for about 30 minutes a day, remember this does not have to be running a million miles and lifting 10 ton weights. Walking is an excellent form of exercise and is great because you can walk briskly around shops whilst looking at really cute outfits!

      I hope this helps!

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    • Hg
    • December 23, 2013
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    Do These Health Tips Actually Work? 1 apple / day – no doctor
    1 lemon / day – no fat
    1 cup of milk / day – no bone problems
    3 ltrs water / day – no diseases…

    Also what are some losing weight health tips?

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      No, these health ‘tips’ are actually myths. It’s all very healthy to do that, but no.

      To lose weight, all you can really do is exercise more and eat healthy and try to keep your calories at around 1600 a day. It’s good to drink homemade lemonade that tastes pretty sour and not sweetened very much- it’s good for your metabolism. Tea is good, fruits and vegetables are good. It’s a great time to get active because it’s summer and you’ll sweat more, which is awesome for your body to flush out toxins and such. I like making fruit smoothies and adding spinach or kale (you can’t taste it and it’s so good for your body- not to mention filling). When you snack during the day, only snack on ‘raw’ foods like fruits and vegetables, or maybe a few almonds.

      Good luck!

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    • David
    • December 23, 2013
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    What Are Some Basic Tips To Give To Kids About Staying Healthy? I’m trying to teach my 6 year old nephew how to stay healthy. I need tips from eating right, to being active and maintaining hygiene. Any health tips you expect a 6 yr old kid to understand.

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      You should tell them to eat lots of smaller meals and to eat slowly so that their bodies are more able to recognize when they are full. Also its important to drink lots of water and fruit juice rather than soda. Try and encourage him to stay away from junk food and eat fruit or something healthy when he wants a snack. Also teach him to be active, that playing sports and running around is good for you as well as fun. Also teach him the basics of hygiene like showering daily and brushing his teeth 3 times a day. Try and make it all fun for him though, as kids respond more to things that they find enjoyable.

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    I’m Trying To Loose Weight, What Are Some Health Tips? I’m making a modeling portfolio, and I know I need to be slimmer. What are some health tips, such as eating veggies, and colors to dress in the make you look slimmer? What is skinny for height 5’8″? I am Indian (India) & German and I have blue eyes.

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      Unfortunately there are no easy ways to permanently lose weight and most people who lose weight regain it all.

      A vegetarian or vegan diet for the rest of your life might perhaps be a good option as very few vegetarians or vegans are overweight.

      If you want a life changing permanent weight loss you need to follow a maintenance diet for the rest of your life after you reach your target weight with one of the many diets you can choose from.

      You can see further details in a web search for “how to lose weight and keep it off”.

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