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Old 06-09-2002, 04:38 PM   #1
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depression/overweight

I am currently in the Navy, and for the first time in my life I have for some reason become completely depressed. I have no idea why, no tragic events, no bad experiences, nothing. It is one the worst feelings I have ever felt. I have talked to the Chaplain and have tried to get out and be social but as soon as I'm back alone, it hits again. My point is, as a result, I have gained 50 pounds in just five months. The motivation I once had to lose it, is gone. I have knocked myself completely out of body/fat standards for the Navy, and have ended up on the FEP (fitness enhancement program) aka: Mandatory PT. The workouts that onced worked so well for me, seems to do nothing. I have lost vitually nothing. I used to be able to lose it with no problem. So I finally gave in the pill craze and tried Chitisan. Can anyone give me some good info on that because it doesn't seem to be doing a whole lot. I am about to try the Xenodrine, but I had a fried who took it about a year ago and it gave him massive mood swings. GNC said that is a result of the Ephedrine. I was encouraged to try the new Xenodrine, w/o the Ephedrine but I want to get some info from those who have tried it. And perhaps someone has any info on the relationship between the depression and extreme quick overweightness. It seems all I want to do now is eat. Even when I'm not hungry, I feel like I have to eat. I have never felt this disgusting and helpless in my life.

 
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Old 06-13-2002, 06:36 AM   #2
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Re: depression/overweight

Sorry I don't have any info about the supplements you mentioned, but I did want to reply.

Have you talked to your doctor about your depression? Depression and weightloss/gain are such an evil cycle, I KNOW! You get depressed and gain weight, then you're depressed BECAUSE you've gaine weight - it's vicious.

I would urge you to talk to your doctor about possible depression meds. Even a low dosage may help you. I have been on Celexa for about 8 weeks now due to a mild case of post-partum depression, and it has just started kicking in for me the past week or so. I am able to start losing weight now because I am no longer so down in the dumps. I have lost 11 pounds in the past month, and know I couldn't have done it in the depressed state I was in.

Don't feel weird or ashamed to ask for help about depression. It is ALOT more common than you might imagine, and millions of Americans (including many you probably know!) are being treated w/ depression meds these days!

Just my 2 cents and good luck to you!

 
Old 06-15-2002, 08:59 PM   #3
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Re: depression/overweight

I also suffer from depression and I am overweight. The biggest thing I learned is that carbohydrates affect the serotonin levels in your brain. Serotonin in the brain is the main cause of depression. Other than encouraging you to see your doctor about medication (I'm on Effexor and I love it!), I would recommend limiting your carbohydrate intake. In order to lose weight, you should have only 6 servings of starches a day. Each serving of starch is 80 calories. So an example is if you eat a bagel, that usually has about 300 calories, so you would count it as 4 starches. Limit your carbs and you should start to feel a little better, and lose weight!

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