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I was only on Zoloft for 6 months, but I put on 10 pounds. I've been off the Zoloft for a year now (as of Oct 1) and despite lifting weights 2-3 times a week and doing cardio for 45-60 minutes 5-6 times a week, I've only lost about 2-3 pounds. (I have a heart-rate monitor and I work out in a specific zone that maximizes fat burn and weight loss... have done fitness tests and have consulted professionals. I run 8-9 minute miles and compete in triathlons... usually finish in the top 20%. So I'm pretty active.)

Mind you, I lost 30 pounds without a problem 3 years ago. This darn 10 pounds I've been trying to lose is incredibly stubborn. I'll lose several pounds and then it will come right back.

I just turned 40, but I refuse to believe that my metabolism is different because of my age.

I'm determined to keep trying to lose this weight and I've promised to let everyone know when that happens.

Good luck...

Yes, it is very frustrating. I was on Zoloft for about 5 years. I gained 30 lbs. I have since switch to Wellbrutrin XL 150mg. It has reduced my appetite greatly. Also has improved my sex drive. I'm working on boosting my metabolism through good vitamins and jogging.
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Quote from sickofeffexor:

CarrieLynn, when you lost the 30 pounds how did you do it? So at that time you weren't on any ADs?

I was only on 1 AD -- Zoloft -- for 6 months total (from April 2003 through September 2003). I gained the 10 pounds around month 4-5... can't remember exactly, but it seemed to happen really quickly.

When I lost the 30 pounds about 3 years ago, I did it mostly through exercise, but I did watch what I ate some. It took me a year and I lost at a very steady pace. Sometimes I would plateau for a month or two, but then I'd drop 5 pounds all at once. I remember thinking it was frustrating because it seemed like it took a long time.

When I gained the 10 pounds on Zoloft, I went back to this weight loss program that was very successful for me before. I have been trying for exactly a year now. But it's not working the same as before. I know I'm exercising at the same rate (actually more this time) when I lost the 30 pounds (have been comparing my exercise logs from then and now). I don't know how I compare with the diet because I didn't keep notes on that. I am trying to eat healthy but I overdo it occasionally -- but I immediately go back to eating healthy. I just feel like something is different, that I can't even eat a cookie without sabotaging all the work I'm doing. This is not the way I was before when I lost the 30 pounds.

Anyway, I don't mean to sound negative because I've read that other people have been able to lose weight after going off AD's. It could be that I'm eating more than I did before... you know how that can creep up on you! I'll have to start keeping a food journal I guess. I'm going to keep trying and I'll definitely report when I lose the 10 pounds.