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Old 11-13-10, 08:35 PM   #1
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In the last 6-8 months, I've ballooned in size. In 11th/12th grade I was around 118-125 pounds. During first year of college, I got up to 140lb, then dropped back down to 120 in second year. Now I am beginning my third, and after 6 months of being on a mood stabilizer and anti-depressant, I've ballooned up to 165lb. I'm barely 5'2", so I've gotten very, very heavy.

I feel gross. I tried dieting, and because I have celiac, if I cut out carbs altogether, my bloodsugar plummets and I end up bingeing on rotten candy or chocolate and other fat-adders. I've tried cutting back calories down to 1400, hasn't done a thing. Tried dieting and exercise, went to the gym and would burn a minimum of 300 calories a time 3 times a week for over a month, didn't lose A POUND.

It's gotten to the point where I'm obsessed. Not even with food, not even with losing weight, but about how fat I feel. I know I need to lose weight. It's gotten to the point where I buy groceries, and I don't even want to cook because I know if I do, I'll eat, and eating means I'll keep getting fat.

I don't know what to do. Nothing else is working, and I can't stand looking like this anymore..
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i can relate to how your feeling, i have suffered from a weight problem for over the last 12 years, i was thin until i fell pregnant and had my son when i was 17, after which i gain weight quite rapidly even though i hadnt changed my eating habits. i discovered i had PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome) after some test. anyway over the years i tried many excerise and diet routines, none really worked which just depressed me which made me eat more very bad cycle. anyway last year when i was pregnant i had gestational diabetes and let me tell you it was a blessing in disguise as it made me learn about food and how to eat and i lost weight while pregnant and became the healthiest id been in years all without excerise as i was on almost complete bed rest for other pregancy complications. i went on a low GI diet, i switched from sugar to sweetner, soda to either water or diet soda i.e coke zero. potato to sweet potato, white bread to wholegrain bread. i started counting the carbs i was taking in not the calories.they are carbs in just about everything we eat, i think if i remember correctly 15grams of carbs =1 serve of carbs. i ate 6 small meals through the day instead of 3 large ones. i was told by my dietian that i was to eat 1-2 serves of carbs at breakfast and lunch and 2-3 serves at dinner , i would snack on food that contained no or very little carbs between my 3 main meals. such as eggs, cheese , vegies (except corn and beans and potato)or if i was very hungry i would have piece of fruit. if you have a craving for something sweet try having some fruit instead of chocolate or lollies but if you do want to have treat lollies are much more satisfing that chocolate. before you start any diet of course you should always conslut your doctor. maybe go and see a dietian. you reallly just have to change the way you look at food and the types of food you eat... anyway i hope that helped but im not sure thats the type of advice your looking for. good luck i hope that you find something that works for you. oh and remember your beautiful no matter what size or shape you are. take care

oh and excerise because its good for the heart, even just walking or cleaning
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I think a lot of my bingeing behaviour just has to do with my depression and probably the medication I'm on. Both of them are pretty much making me gain weight like a monster, it's really irritating.

I guess it's gotten to the point where I feel like my weight is the only thing I can really have any control over.
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This book by Julia is about food and mood, and I found it very helpful. It details the causes of overweight, and dicusses the benefits of amino acids in curbing cravings, I found that part really helpful.
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In the last 6-8 months, I've ballooned in size. In 11th/12th grade I was around 118-125 pounds. During first year of college, I got up to 140lb, then dropped back down to 120 in second year. Now I am beginning my third, and after 6 months of being on a mood stabilizer and anti-depressant, I've ballooned up to 165lb. I'm barely 5'2", so I've gotten very, very heavy.

I feel gross. I tried dieting, and because I have celiac, if I cut out carbs altogether, my bloodsugar plummets and I end up bingeing on rotten candy or chocolate and other fat-adders. I've tried cutting back calories down to 1400, hasn't done a thing. Tried dieting and exercise, went to the gym and would burn a minimum of 300 calories a time 3 times a week for over a month, didn't lose A POUND.

It's gotten to the point where I'm obsessed. Not even with food, not even with losing weight, but about how fat I feel. I know I need to lose weight. It's gotten to the point where I buy groceries, and I don't even want to cook because I know if I do, I'll eat, and eating means I'll keep getting fat.

I don't know what to do. Nothing else is working, and I can't stand looking like this anymore..
Hi Picimader! Nice to meet you. Have much of the same problem as you have. I am about 5"2 and when I went on the Anti-depressant Effexor I went from 135 pounds to 200 pounds. I had no clue that it was the anti-depressant that made me gain that weight. I hated being fat. I went to the gym for hours to work out. One time I spend 5 hours at the gym. Went to the weight room, treadmill and then went to the swimming pool. Anyway, I didn't lose any weight after all my effort. I got fed up and went to the doctor. Anyway, the doctor (in all her wisdom) told me to eat less and exercise more. YOU GOT TO BE FRIGGIN JOKING ME. I was doing that!

I gave up on the doctor I needed help and I hated myself so much, I decided to join a Weight Loss Clinic. I was so embarrassed to have to ask for help to get rid of this weight! But I just had too. At the weight loss clinic they found something out. I had another problem. They called it a "Fatty Liver" and they sad they could help me get rid of the weight. So, it cost me about $3000.00 and took about 6 months but I lost my weight to 143 pounds. Felt so good. Quit the clinic, too expensive. Anyway, I gained back another 30 pounds a year later.

Later my sister told me it was the EFFexor that made me gain weight we fought about it, because I liked being on Effexor, anyway, I decided I have to lose this weight. I was over 173 pounds. I decided to go off of Effexor within 6 months my weight dropped off to 143 pounds, again.

So, getting depressed cost me over $3000.00 if you can believe me. I really liked being on Effexor I felt at peace, slept well at night. I liked how I was feeling. Now I'm skinny again but I'm depressed. I'm like between a rock in a hard place with all this. I should be on anti-depressants right now but I'm fighting it. Don't know what to do.

But I understand you're struggle, completely.
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Hey, I binge eat too, and also a celiac. I just went off of gluten and lactose back around a month ago. My binging was REALLY bad when I was eating that stuff, but, because the cravings are so intense because of my blood sugar dropping, I too always get massive cravings for sugars and other carbs. It's insane.. when will it end!

Do you binge because of emotional/stress issues? If not, it could very likely be vitamin/mineral deficiency making you go towards food. Especially if you are celiac, have you gotten all of your bloodwork?

You might also benefit from getting your thyroid checked, another very common autoimmune disorder in celiacs..

I've been a binge eater for all of my life... Some things that have helped me a bit:
Eat lots of raw dark leafy greens. Try green smoothies! They will vanish your cravings, and the fruit in it might help your blood sugar. So helpful

If your medication (antidepressants?) is making you gain weight, and in turn making you MORE depressed... you might want to reconsider, or switch meds?
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i overeat when stressed/sad and its always unhealthy stuff and i gone up a clothing size which upsets me but then i still eat
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Hey, I binge eat too, and also a celiac. I just went off of gluten and lactose back around a month ago. My binging was REALLY bad when I was eating that stuff, but, because the cravings are so intense because of my blood sugar dropping, I too always get massive cravings for sugars and other carbs. It's insane.. when will it end!

Do you binge because of emotional/stress issues? If not, it could very likely be vitamin/mineral deficiency making you go towards food. Especially if you are celiac, have you gotten all of your bloodwork?

You might also benefit from getting your thyroid checked, another very common autoimmune disorder in celiacs..

I've been a binge eater for all of my life... Some things that have helped me a bit:
Eat lots of raw dark leafy greens. Try green smoothies! They will vanish your cravings, and the fruit in it might help your blood sugar. So helpful

If your medication (antidepressants?) is making you gain weight, and in turn making you MORE depressed... you might want to reconsider, or switch meds?


I've had food issues my whole life. When I was young I was always very heavy, I never really enjoyed being active after we moved out of the country, so I was always in the top percentile. I was very thin in grade 9-12, because I was a lot more active, and they thought then I was dairy intolerant, so I lost a lot of weight from that. During grade 11 and twelve I was "mildly" bulimic, I was never very far underweight, but I would purge if I binged, and overexercise every time I ate. No one knows about that but my boyfriend.

When I got to university I found out I was celiac, and actually gained weight after I stopped eating wheat. :( It's gotten to the point where I want to re-teach my body to be used to purging so I have a shot at losing some damn weight. I've been exercising heavily and regularly, but nothing's helping. I'm too poor to just subsist on veggies and fruit, or I would.

I just feel trapped. And fat. It's not a good combination.
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