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Stop Blaming Medication For Being Fat

I was on Wellbutrin for over two years, and not that it made me skinny but, it’s more or less speed. But, I made a conservative effort to wean myself off, and it took months but, I was successful and now, I feel thick. I’m not necessarily fat, but just thick heavy, and I do think my metabolism changed, and probably my behavior, after quitting the medication but that’s not an excuse.

I can not rely on medication to keep my weight down. I fought hard to get off my antidepressant, so now I need to fight harder to prove to my body that I don’t need any form of medication to be in shape. If anything, that can be a prime motivator to keep my weight down.

Over a decade ago, I gained 20 pounds on lithium, and I recall telling my psychiatrist that I’d rather be skinny and crazy, than fat and sane, and I meant it. Now, it’s the antithesis where I had a medication that made it easier to maintain my weight, and now I don’t have it and my body is changing. Side effects from medication are difficult.  Whether it’s a weight gain, or weight lose, you never want your medication to determine your lifestyle.  It’s your lifestyle that determines your weight.

So, no excuses. I’ll make the necessary adjustments to my life to make sure I’m not relying on any medication to dictate my weight, and do what I can to avoid blaming by heaviness on a removal of a medication.

Ah… to the gymbo!

Stop Blaming Medication For Being Fat

Erica Loberg

Erica Loberg was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA. She attended Columbia University in New York and graduated with a BA in English. She is a published poet and author of Inside the Insane, Screaming at the Void, What Men Should Know About Women, What Women Should Know About Men, Diamonds From The Rough and Undressed.

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Loberg, E. (2018). Stop Blaming Medication For Being Fat. Psych Central. Retrieved on May 26, 2019, from


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