SSRIs and Turning the Fat Ship Around

Answered on April 17, 2014
Created April 17, 2014 at 5:35 PM

Hello all. I've been a fairly strict low-carb paleo disciple for about a decade and have done very well on it. Just over a year ago I started taking an SSRI (Celexa) and it seems to have f***ed my metabolism beyond repair. The first 6 months were fine - I was working out and maintaining my usual 5'9" 170 lb fairly lean body composition. From months 6 to 9 I rapidly accumulated abdominal fat and gained 15 to 20 lbs in three months. I chalked it up to straying a bit from my paleo ways over the summer and figured I could shed it all pretty quickly by tightening up the diet (as usual). No amount of dietary strictness or HIIT/resistance training made a difference. I kept gaining. I stopped the drug completely in March and have topped out at 194 lbs. My recent blood labs are all great and within excellent paleo ranges. Under the supervision of a naturopath and dietician with a paleo bent, I've been trying to get my old self back. Here's what I've been doing over the past month:

  • Relatively low carb (50-100g) / high protein and fat paleo (to deal with insulin).
  • 8 hours sleep in a pitch black room (to deal with seratonin, growth hormone, and cortisol).
  • B12 shots (I'm a little low).
  • Rhodeola (to reduce cortisol).
  • Lemon water and an herbal naturopathic treatment (liver support).
  • Digestive enzymes and bitters (suspected poor digestion).
  • Cut caffeine.
  • HIIT and/or weight training as usual 3 to 5 days a week.

My questions are: Any idea why I'm stuck? Is there anything else I should be doing / not doing?



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on April 17, 2014
at 09:27 PM

If you want to lose weight and are already following a energy sufficient (not excess) diet then one of the best complimentary things you can do is some HIIT (High Intensity Training).

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