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Isabella72

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Help with starting
« on: May 23, 2017, 10:16:55 PM »
Hello!
I am new to this forum, and have a question about the program. I learned about The Serotonin Power Diet after doing plenty of research on antidepressants, and weight gain. I am currently taking Wellbutrin 300mg, and Pristiq 50mg. Prior to taking Pristiq, I was on Cipralex 10mg in addition to Wellbutrin 300mg. Even though it was a low dosage, I gained close to 25lbs due to increased food cravings, and appetite. However, during a 9-10 month period, I was only on the Wellbutrin, which helped me to lose close to 50lbs! I was feeling so good about myself, and my confidence had increased. I also could wear so many different, and beautiful outfits that are currently now sitting in my closet, wishing, hoping that I can one day wear again soon.
I am very frustrated with the weight gain, and notice a lot of the weight gain is around my waist and hips. I know that this is due to the medications. My birthday is July 1, and I was hoping to be down to my goal weight by then but I have been struggling to even lose 5lbs a month!
I came across The Serotonin Power Diet, and felt a glimmer of hope especially after reading many success stories. I haven't received the book yet but have been trying to learn the program from the information that I find online. However, there are important bits, and pieces of information that I don't have to help me be successful such as measurements, portions, etc. I am wondering if anyone can lay out the program for me, at least Phase 1 & 2 until I receive a copy of the book. Also, I am dealing with post-concussion symptoms, and unable to due any strenuous exercise although I am able to walk. I would love to get back into strength training but I'm afraid that I may set myself back if I push myself in this direction. What is the daily or weekly recommendations (time, and type) on exercise?
I am really hoping that I will see progress made for the last few weeks of May, and the month of June. I really want to feel good in my body, and stop feeling uncomfortable, upset and bothered by my weight gain. It's especially hard with the warmer weather as this means less clothing to hide under. This program is my only hope as nothing else seems to be working.
Thank you so much for your help.

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Re: Help with starting
« Reply #1 on: May 31, 2017, 11:32:51 PM »
Hello and welcome - and our apologies for the delay in replying to your post. 

First of all, thank you for writing to us and we're thrilled you've found us.  yes, many people indeed have had success with our program to stop cravings, feel satisfied with the food they eat, lose weight, and feel good about themselves in many ways. 

I hear you on the weight gain being really frustrating - and something you want to change.  You sounds really motivated which is wonderful.  It's great to have a goal in mind (your birthday) to further motivate you.  Just a couple of suggestions - in addition to a certain number of pounds of weight loss, how about coming up with other goals you want to aim for by July 1, such as:
- sitting down to eat meals and snacks (rather than eating in the car, in front of the fridge or tv, etc.)
- taking time to plan your weekly and daily meals by, for example, doing food shopping for the week and portioning out your meals and snacks the day before or that morning of what you're going to eat all day
- Calling a family member of friend who energizes you just to say "hi" every day - staying connected is a real support even if you're not talking about weight loss, etc. - just reach out to loved ones!
- doing whatever form of exercise that feels good to you no matter how gentle at least 30 min a day (I'm sorry to hear about your concussion so definitely take it easy and ask your doctor for guidelines)
- you can come up with other goals!

By now you've probably received the book and I hope you're off to a good start - keep us posted!