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5 Things To Do Today If Medications Are Putting On The Pounds?

What Can You Do If Medications Are Putting On the Pounds?

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Insatiable Appetite-Weight Gain Mental Health Humor cartoon- by Chato Stewart Over-Medicated
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Recovery is a process and one that takes a lot of hard work!  A road with many hills and valleys; with many twists and turns.  Weight gain and weight management have to be part of the recovery process.  Healing the mind has to include the whole body! Mind, body, and soul approach…it’s a concept that I didn’t fully appreciate until I started on my road to recovery.  Along the way, I thought I was getting it, till a relapse back to the old way.

Here are 5 Things To Do Today If Medications Are Putting On the Pounds.  Each point has helped me along the way: please learn from my errors and share your own successes (failures we can learn from also), please share yours below in the comments.

  1. Talk to the Doctor about weight gain: If you get any prescription, one question should be if the medication causes weight gain. Talk with your doctor about other methods to reach your goal or other medications that have a natural weight effect.  You may not have a choice, you might have to try it to figure out what your body is going to do, but, at least, you can make an informed decision.

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  1. Watch Your Weight! If you are starting a prescription medication or tweaking your meds–weigh you.  Write it on the bottle on the new medication and if you see a spike in the weight: 5lbs or more, talk to your doctor. (DO NOT STOP TAKING AY MEDICATION UNLESS INSTRUCTED TO BY YOUR MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL.)


  1. GO GREEN! This one was so hard for me, but start eating healthy, or healthier. One of the best ways is to go green or add salads or fresh greens into your diet till it becomes a lifestyle.

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  1. Cut out the Sugar; If you’re big like me, sugary sweets can be a threat to health and wellness and waistline. One bite of a cookie and I can crave sugar for days.  About 4 years or more ago, I started out small and slowly cut down on my soda drinking.  Normally would drink a 2 ltr. with every meal.  Once I got off soda, I felt so much better and my moods seemed to be a bit more stable.   Years later, I can’t even sip a soda, it tastes like acid.  I drink water and add a little crystal light flavor.

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  1. Exercise! I’m not talking about going to a gym. But try and add movement into every day.  Walk around the office, take the stairs instead of the elevator.  Invest in a Step Tracker to follow your progress and to keep you motivated.  The more I move that better I feel.  Go outside for a short walk around the block or even around the house or someday I can only walk to the mailbox and back.

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We all understand weight gain might be unavoidable with our medications to help manage our symptoms.  Nevertheless, we can take proactive steps to gain some control over weight gain.  Talking to your doctor is a primary step, eating healthy, and being active.  A very important key that connects them all is support from family, loved ones, and peers.

I want you to share your story with me, I know there are many who are fighting that same weight battle I am. I also know that many are very successful.

What have you done to cure the munchies or the monster that is a voracious appetite?

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5 Things To Do Today If Medications Are Putting On The Pounds?

Chato Stewart

Chato Stewart has a mission, to draw and use humor as a positive tool to live, to cope with the debilitating effects symptoms of mental illness. Chato Stewart is a Mental Health Hero and Advocate. Recovery Peer Specialist board-certified in Florida. Chato is the artist behind the cartoons series Mental Health Humor, Over-Medicated, and The Family Stew - seen here in his blog posts. The cartoons are drawn from his personal experience of living with bipolar disorder (and other labels). [email protected]

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Stewart, C. (2017). 5 Things To Do Today If Medications Are Putting On The Pounds?. Psych Central. Retrieved on July 16, 2020, from


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