“Have you heard the latest on antidepressant weight loss?”
Now the makers of Wellbutrin are getting the word out on their antidepressant weight loss study. Oh great! The drug companies now want to get in on the weight loss market!
The problem with using antidepressant drugs for weight loss (besides that the drugs haven’t been approved for this usage by the Food and Drug Administration) is that they come with nasty side effects. Adderal, for instance, can cause insomnia, aggression and heart problems, while Topamax can cause hyperventilation and fatigue.
Wellbutrin comes with a black box warning that it can increase suicidal tendencies in children and adolescents.
Why do we want drug companies to tell us that we can spend $100-200 a month on a drug that comes with a suicidal warning to help us lose weight?
Well, let me save everyone the $100-200 a month and the nasty side effects and give a million dollar tip...
You lose weight by eating less and exercising more! (It's true, not all calories are created equal so I'll share some help below. Keep reading.) Find a fun fitness activity and train yourself to see exercise as pleasure - not pain. Work out three to five times a week. (Circuit training burns up to 400 calories per hour! Why not grab your iPod and enjoy yourself getting slimmer?) Vary your exercise routine to develop different muscles. Muscles burn more calories than fat, even at rest. (So, having more muscle helps you burn fat while sitting! That's why those muscular athletes can enjoy the occasional treat and not gain.)
I wonder what my fitness coach Tom would say about the drug companies trying to confuse the public even more on what burns fat and promoting antidepressant weight loss. (Tom preaches that 97% of fat loss supplements are a waste of money! His words..."97% of all supplements are a total waste of money! You are being lied to and ripped off by crooked companies that don't give a (bleep) about your health and well-being.")
The study on the antidepressant weight loss was done on people who DID NOT suffer from depression. I wonder why they never published results on depression sufferers and weight loss?
One woman wrote: “I was on Wellbutrin and other medications and did not see any weight loss. In fact, I have gained a lot of weight by using Nortryptoline and Paxil.”
Before you consider using an antidepressant, weight loss can happen like it did for me coming out of depression - without any drugs!
I highly recommend Tom's book.
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