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    Gaining weight from psychiatric medicine

    So for the past 2 month I've been on invega, latuda, depakote, and klonopin. I have gained 10 lbs /4% bf on the drugs. I've been out of the mental hospital for 2 weeks now, and have tried restricting calories, but even then I seem to keep on gaining alittle weight. I was wondering if there's anyone on here who has to take medication for mental illness. My avatar was me two months ago, and now I'm at about 15 - 16% bf, as before I was 11%. I'd also like to mention that I have hyperthyroidism from the meds, and if this is the reason for my weight gain. I liked being where I was 2 months ago, because I like being fit and lean, but now I'm stuck with wondering how I can get around the side effects of my meds, and where I can be confident to start exercising cardio again to get back to 10 - 12%bf. currently I'm just eating 1700 calories with little to no exercise.

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    its always calories in vs calories out, you are eating too much.
    There is always someone less fortunate, with real hunger, with real adversity, who made something of themselves. What is your excuse?

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    Yeah, I did eat quite a bit within the 2 months, they feed you like a king in those mental hospitals. Well I'll start doing some cardio with restricting my calories better to lose the fat. Maybe the meds aren't as much a factor to my bf% as I think

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    Drugs affect weight by decreasing your calorie expenditure and increasing your appetite. So it's no different than if you weren't on them; eat less and exercise more to fight the effects.

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    I was on medication that may have contributed to my weight gain. It was prescribed for back pain, but I know some of the drugs I was on are used for mental health issues as well. I assume the weight gain is caused by changing hormone levels, because most psychiatric drugs interact with brain chemicals and receptors, but you will notice a lot of them state weight gain and weight loss both as possible side effects. If this is the case then I can only assume, in the people that gain weight, the effects reduce your TDEE and therefore you would either need to eat less or burn more calories to counter the effect of the drugs.

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    Cool yeah I think that's exactly the case. I'll try out 1700 calories with HIIT/400 cal burn and see how my body reacts for the next month.

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    Lots of ignorance on this thread

    Talk about an eye roll. All of the "experts" on this thread saying it's all about calories in and calories out when someone is on psychiatric medication.

    Nothing could be further from the truth! Psychopharmaceuticals not only effect your appetite, but they also change your metabolism.

    Quit all of the shaming based on your ignorance. I have the highest respect for those on psychopharmaceuticals who are working out and becoming their best selves.

    To all those who think they're such experts here, do some research before spewing your ignorance.
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    Originally Posted by bigtig1165 View Post
    Talk about an eye roll. All of the "experts" on this thread saying it's all about calories in and calories out when someone is on psychiatric medication.

    Nothing could be further from the truth! Psychopharmaceuticals not only effect your appetite, but they also change your metabolism.

    Quit all of the shaming based on your ignorance. I have the highest respect for those on psychopharmaceuticals who are working out and becoming their best selves.

    To all those who think they're such experts here, do some research before spewing your ignorance.
    It’s interesting that you would accuse others of ignorance, while responding to people who posted over 5 years ago.

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