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Old 05-29-2014, 07:59 AM   #1
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I need to go back to low carb but

I am so hungry all the time!!! I was 142 pounds and went to 122. Now I am up to 151. I am 5'3". I have GOT to get this weight off!!! I look and see what everyone has to eat here, and I couldn't eat that small amount. I feel like I would starve to death.

I am on a new anti-depressent, so that is part of it.

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Old 05-29-2014, 08:04 AM   #2
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Old 05-29-2014, 08:07 AM   #3
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Well, I was also having stomach problems so I wasn't eating much. I had no desire. Now that I am feeling better, I want to eat.
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Old 05-29-2014, 08:29 AM   #4
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Eat! Don't worry what everyone else is eating. Your appetite will probably decrease over time, naturally. Just eat! Eat Atkins allowed foods and get started already!
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Old 05-29-2014, 08:31 AM   #5
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The antidepressant could very likely be the culprit. Those can cause tremendous weight gain and mess with your circadian rhythm. I know I ballooned up on them as a teen and have been battling metabolic issues ever since. It was like my antidepressant pulled the trigger on prior, less exacerbated inherited issues with my body.

I'd look into getting that adjusted or trying a different medication if you can. Also, are you sleeping well? That can have a huge impact on our bodies, too, when it comes to hunger/ satiety/weight loss/general stress management.
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Old 05-29-2014, 08:37 AM   #6
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Eat as much as you want. Determine your carb level, eat adequate protein, add fat to satiety. Make the foods you eat healthy, whole, organic/pastured and nutrient dense. Eat a good variety of veggies (colorful, deeply green, sulfurous, etc). When you meet your body's nutritional needs you'll satisfy your hunger.

You never need to feel ravenous, eat when you are hungry. Your appetite will adjust and you will lose weight.
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Old 05-29-2014, 08:50 AM   #7
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The antidepressant could very likely be the culprit. Those can cause tremendous weight gain and mess with your circadian rhythm. I know I ballooned up on them as a teen and have been battling metabolic issues ever since. It was like my antidepressant pulled the trigger on prior, less exacerbated inherited issues with my body.

I'd look into getting that adjusted or trying a different medication if you can. Also, are you sleeping well? That can have a huge impact on our bodies, too, when it comes to hunger/ satiety/weight loss/general stress management.
This. I firmly believe that you must take this medication into account. Saying NK will work if you just do it right, in this case, may not be true at all. Ask anyone who's been on ADs. I never ever had a weight issue before I started on them 10 years ago, and now it's a huge struggle to lose weight.

I would definitely check with your doctor.
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Old 05-29-2014, 01:01 PM   #8
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I eat alot. My calories are usually 1800-2500. In fact, I need to cut back a little for bikini season. Post a menu if someone hasn't already suggested that.

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I am so hungry all the time!!! I was 142 pounds and went to 122. Now I am up to 151. I am 5'3". I have GOT to get this weight off!!! I look and see what everyone has to eat here, and I couldn't eat that small amount. I feel like I would starve to death.

I am on a new anti-depressent, so that is part of it.

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Old 05-29-2014, 01:33 PM   #9
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You say you want to get back to low carb, so that would mean you aren't on it now. I am way more hungry when eating carbs. Low carb controls my appetite a lot. Maybe think about doing the two week induction and see how you feel then.
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Old 05-29-2014, 03:43 PM   #10
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You say you want to get back to low carb, so that would mean you aren't on it now. I am way more hungry when eating carbs. Low carb controls my appetite a lot. Maybe think about doing the two week induction and see how you feel then.
I agree with this - low carb can be very effective to control appetite!
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Old 05-29-2014, 03:47 PM   #11
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Maybe you could post a typical day's menu for us? After a few days of HFLC your wild appetite should be diminishing. Carbs are sneaky...
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Old 05-29-2014, 03:51 PM   #12
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believe me...you wont be hungry...but if u r...eat....the cravings will subside
I too have some potty issues...I just chalk it up to toxins leaving my body
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Old 05-29-2014, 05:23 PM   #13
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Everyone is right about the anti-depression medication- they can play merry havoc with your weight. That said, low carb high fat diets are very good for the depression and anxiety spectrum disorders. You may find that you can reduce your meds if you eat low carb. This, of course, should only be done with your doctor's help. You might also want to discuss other possible meds but that can be a rollercoaster you don't want to deal with right now.

I have to agree that eating low carb is far more filling than high carb. I was always hungry and completely obsessed with food prior to changing. That said... if you've just come off of a period where you weren't eating enough for your body to be happy, it's natural for it to suddenly want to replace the calories and nutrition it needs.

Like everyone else has said, start changing your diet to low carb and don't worry about the calories for now. After a month start to slowly reduce your calories according to what a low carb calculator suggests and you feel comfortable with. See if you can maintain this and if you run into troubles, consider talking to your doctor about the meds.

I wish you the best of luck!
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Old 05-29-2014, 05:28 PM   #14
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Wow oceanlover66 you sound almost exactly like me...stats and all. I did Induction faithfully for 2 weeks and was in ketosis most of the time. I wasn't hungry like you, but I didn't lose 1 pound. It was so disheartening. This has always worked perfectly for me. Not sure if it's just harder to lose weight now that I'm 45 or if there's a medical reason. I'm on thyroid meds and asked my dr for labs to make sure nothing needs tweaked. I got back on these boards for encouragement and yours is the first post I read. It's good to know I'm not alone
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Old 05-29-2014, 07:10 PM   #15
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I'm 45 and hypothyroid, was on an antidepressant all through my weight loss, and did manage to do it, finish it, and keep it all off. I am not going to tell you it's easy, because I think you have to wipe the backboard clean of all your previous efforts--act as though this is your first try and don't assume anything is going to work the same way it did many years ago. I look at it this way. Whatever I did years ago didn't actually work, because I didn't ever get to this current goal weight and I sure didn't stay where I had gotten. So why would I want to do that again?

The two biggest things I had to accept and embrace, that were different from the previous time, were: no, I can't just eat as much as I could or would because it's low-carb. I have to watch portions and calories. And it ends up I am actually satisfied on way less food than I ever thought possible and it's fine.
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Old 05-29-2014, 10:27 PM   #16
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Different anti-depressants have different side effects. Please talk to your doctor that the one you are on has caused unwanted weight gain. There may be another that will work just as well or better without the weight gain side effect.
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Old 05-30-2014, 08:49 AM   #17
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I have been on many AD meds in the past. Effexor was one of them, but it made me gain a ton of weight with that one. The one I am on now seems to work well. Again, it is the weight gain. Other AD's didn't agree with me.

I am glad to know I am not alone in this. I am so saddened by the weight I have put on. I know I have to get back on low carb and just do it. This is a great board for encouragement, and I appreciate each and every one of your responses.

So back to LCing we go.
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Old 05-30-2014, 09:09 AM   #18
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Here is my idea, Go into your kitchen and throw away any crackers, bread cake candy etc.... Then go to the grocery store and by bacon, sausage(no carbs type) eggs and two or three fatty meats(skin on chicken) and approved list vegetables, full fat cheese, butter, mayo, olive oil and coconut oil. Pork rinds for breading oven chicken and snacks. I have recently found dried sea weed snacks in these little packages in the Asian section which are great to pop into your mouth with no carbs. very high in nutrients too...gives you something to pop into your mouth when you are looking into the pantry.
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I am so hungry all the time!!! I was 142 pounds and went to 122. Now I am up to 151. I am 5'3". I have GOT to get this weight off!!! I look and see what everyone has to eat here, and I couldn't eat that small amount. I feel like I would starve to death.

I am on a new anti-depressent, so that is part of it.

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