The Connection Between Antidepressants and Weight Loss

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.

Rob Lagana

Coach and Founder at Lagana Fitness
Coach Rob Lagana, Fitness Coach, Elite Nutritionist, and Stress Reduction Therapist

Rob Lagana is a former top male competitive bodybuilder who has achieved numerous athletic accomplishments during his career.

Perhaps the greatest learning experience that Rob Lagana has met, was living with ocular albinism. Several vision problems have occurred
with ocular albinism and has left him legally blind. He really learned how to harness the deep energy it takes to be body / movement aware and through this energy has developed a healing ability which he then learned to use in practice with a Japanese healing system called Usui Reiki.Rob overcomes daily tasks and practices to complete his goals
through determination, hard work and a positive mindset.


Rob Lagana also received his IFBB Nutrition certificate, S.M.A.R.T certificate from Dave Palumbo, and LSF Life Solutions Foundation Whole Food Nutrition certificate. Rob Lagana also have 2 decades of experience in coaching clients for weight loss, wellness and contest prep.. He is certified through NASM (National Academy of Sports Medicine).Rob is also Poliquin Group Bio Signature Level 1 and 2 practitioner and overall brings a holistic approach to helping clients reach their goals.

Besides his athletic and coaching experience, he is also a Reiki Master practitioner.Stress is the number one cause of inflammation of the body. This disrupts, cortisol, insulin, brain chemicals and
much more..Reiki has been a natural and effective way of reducing stress, which promotes overall healing in the body.

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