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Meds and loss of appetite

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Created August 30, 2011 at 11:36 PM

My husband and I just started eating Paleo 2 weeks ago and are really enjoying it so far. I've lost 5 pounds and am feeling much better all around, however I know I'm not taking in nearly enough calories. I take Adderall for ADHD and it completely wrecks my appetite. I generally take in less than 1,000 calories a day; all made up of veg, meat, and fruits, but am still overweight (5'5 180) after reading through the blog today I've really realized how much more I need to be eating to really reap the benefits of this diet. Eventually, I'd like to start weaning off the meds, but until then; does anyone have any tips for getting more food in throughout the day?

UPDATE So, I've been doing some more reading and am even more worried/confused. A lot of what I've read says that if you don't feel hungry, don't eat, but how am I supposed to tell the difference with the medicine interfering?

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on November 09, 2011
at 04:46 PM

I agree, you need to let your doctor know your meds are having this much impact on your eating--he/she can offer other options.

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on November 09, 2011
at 04:42 PM

Kristina, coconut milk contains oil but if you want more go for it. You could also consider using heavy cream in your coffee and use as much as tastes good to you since you're trying to add nutrition. Use plenty of butter on your vegetables and try to add a snack of nuts if you like them.

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on October 26, 2011
at 02:08 PM

Short saturated fats to be precise.

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on September 28, 2011
at 02:27 PM

Coconut oil contains Lauric acid which is a medium chain saturated fatty acid (and is used clinically to treat viral infections) and it is very resistant to the oxidation damage of heat. It inhibits the liver's formation of fat and works with the thyroid promoting energy usage rather than storage. The shorter chain fatty acids in coconut oil allows them to be metabolized without the carnitine transport system (which promotes the oxidation of unsaturated fats) therefore protecting the body from oxidative damage and free radicals. Yay for saturated fats!

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on August 31, 2011
at 12:41 AM

why/how does coconut oil increase weight loss? really interested in this!

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on August 31, 2011
at 12:28 AM

Thanks! I've been using coconut milk in my coffee; should I add the oil too?

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at 12:09 AM

+1 for this question, I was actually just thinking the very same thing! I started a new medication a few weeks ago; my appetite has decreased and I think it's causing my workouts to suffer :(

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on September 28, 2011
at 11:47 AM

I also take meds for ADHD that suppresses my appetite as well. Thinking about eating first thing in the morning makes me sick with or without meds.

I add a tbls of coconut oil and a little cream in my coffee and around 10am I drink warm water with another tbls of coconut oil with cinnamon. I make a light lunch; roast beef wraps with laughing cow cheese wrapped around veggies that I eat around 2-3pm if I remember...I get so wrapped up in things I forget. Supper is around 7; we usually eat some kind of meat with veggies??? I CrossFit 4-5 x a week in the mornings and not eating has not affected my performance. I tried to force myself to eat a couple of times and it just made me sick to my stomach.

If I am hungry I eat if not then I don't, this works well for me??? I do find myself eating more on the weekends probably mostly out of boredom.

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on August 31, 2011
at 02:14 AM

Talk to your doctor about alternative medications. There are others for ADHD, and I do not believe all of them have this side effect.

Also, though, calculate your basic metabolic rate to determine how many calories you need to just exist. I believe for women it is something like this, assuming you're around 30 years old, and using this formula:

655 + ( 4.35 x weight in pounds ) + ( 4.7 x height in inches ) - ( 4.7 x age in years )

That puts you somewhere between 1300 - 1400 calories a day.

So if you can get to 1300 I wouldn't worry. Especially if you're trying to LOSE weight. Now, when you get your body weight about where you want it to be you may have to revisit this question. But that is a much better problem to have!

As for energy-dense eating? Hard to get much better than nuts. Especially macadamias.

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on November 09, 2011
at 04:46 PM

I agree, you need to let your doctor know your meds are having this much impact on your eating--he/she can offer other options.

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on August 31, 2011
at 01:48 AM

I'm taking ADD meds too. It's definitely helpful to eat BEFORE you take them. I wake up early (6ish usually), so I have time to eat breakfast before I take the meds. I try to wait about an hour after I eat, because I find that taking them on a full stomach makes me nauseated. I tend not to eat lunch even without meds, but if I wanted to, I would not be hungry enough to eat until about 4 pm on this schedule.

Because I take the medication pretty early, by dinnertime the appetite suppression has fully worn off and I can eat a normal dinner. In fact I used to just IF through breakfast as well as lunch, but eating a ton of food at dinner didn't feel good so I stopped that. I don't take Adderall though and I hear that it has the strongest appetite suppressing effect. Basically, the thing that helps me the most is to take them fairly early in the day if you can work your schedule around that. But maybe you're already doing that?

I think that the whole "listen to your body" thing is a little different if you are on a drug that effects your appetite so strongly like the ADD meds do. In fact I try to have a few days every week where I don't take them, just so I don't become disconnected from my true hunger signals and stop being able to gauge satiety and hunger properly. Maybe that sounds weird, but it works for me.

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on August 31, 2011
at 12:37 AM

I think the general "rules" for taking ADHD meds apply: Try to eat before/with your pill. Set reminders on your phone so you'll remember to eat.

Maybe have portioned coconut flakes, avocado, nuts, or nut butter on hand for quick, dense sources of calories. Just make sure not to overdo them :)

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on August 31, 2011
at 05:53 AM

At this point--given that you are overweight--I would view the appetite-suppressing effect of Adderall as a distinct advantage...

In other words, I would not suggest that you make any special effort to up your calorie intake.

I would focus on protein more than you otherwise might so that most or all weight lost is fat (this is obviously an ideal time to lift weights)...

Remember, you are consuming ample amounts of fat on a daily basis--your own bodyfat.

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on August 31, 2011
at 12:05 AM

I used to take Vyvanse for ADD, but since going Paleo I don't even need it!

Do you drink coffee? If so, start stirring in a tablespoon of coconut oil in it. You'll really start dropping weight when you introduce coconut oil.

E3127c595ddd7b5badf7ea8e42f058d6

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on August 31, 2011
at 12:41 AM

why/how does coconut oil increase weight loss? really interested in this!

4053633587abf4b09c637f307ca8b2c6

(261)

on September 28, 2011
at 02:27 PM

Coconut oil contains Lauric acid which is a medium chain saturated fatty acid (and is used clinically to treat viral infections) and it is very resistant to the oxidation damage of heat. It inhibits the liver's formation of fat and works with the thyroid promoting energy usage rather than storage. The shorter chain fatty acids in coconut oil allows them to be metabolized without the carnitine transport system (which promotes the oxidation of unsaturated fats) therefore protecting the body from oxidative damage and free radicals. Yay for saturated fats!

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on October 26, 2011
at 02:08 PM

Short saturated fats to be precise.

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