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Drug  Induced Weight  Gain Solutions

By Jim Harper – Author of How to Get Off Psychoactive Drugs Safely

Losing weight that is caused by antidepressants or antipsychotic medication is completely different than normal dieting or other weight loss programs.

If you have already tried losing weight with exercise and a restriction of calories and you have not been able to lose weight, read on.

If you have not tried exercise and a good diet with a reduction in calories, I highly recommend you try that first. Exercise and a reduction of calories may be all you need.

DRUG INDUCED WEIGHT  gain, specifically  from antidepressants and antipsychotic  medication  is common. There are estimates that 25% of all people taking an antidepressant will at some time during treatment experience antidepressant induced weight gain. Sometimes the weight gain does not start until the antidepressant is being reduced. Side effects from antidepressants may not begin until the drug is being reduced and weight gain when you start reducing the antidepressant can occur.

I was not able to find verifiable statistics with antipsychotic medication, but with the incidence of diabetes being extremely high and other factors commonly seen with prolonged antipsychotic medication usage, the numbers should be as high or higher for weight gain when an antipsychotic medication is used.

There are a number of factors associated with the drug induced weight gain and when most or all of these factors are addressed, weight loss might begin.

One reason of drug induced weight gain - These drugs activate a gene in our cells called the JNK gene. The activation of this gene is what leads to insulin resistance first and eventually the weight gain starts. The drugs also cause the body to change in other areas as well, which ultimately leads to weight gain.

The concept of this weight loss approach is to:

  • Reduce the over activation of the JNK gene and JNK enzymes

  • Correct insulin resistance

  • Bring back to balance other areas of the body that will be thrown off due to the insulin resistance and the overly expressed JNK gene and JNK enzymes.

Not everyone will lose weight with my recommendations but at the least you should start to feel much better during this process.

What to Expect

You should first notice an improvement in mood, fatigue and other undesirable symptoms should start to fade and become tolerable.

The weight gain usually stops after 4 weeks of this program.

Weight loss usually begins around week 5 or 6.

You have likely tried reducing calories and exercising and the weight gain would not stop. This is normal with drug induced weight gain. We have had many aerobics instructors experience weight gain while taking antidepressants, and even with a restricted calorie intake and 6 hours each day of extreme exercise, the weight kept piling on.

If you are consuming a high amount of calories each day for your body size and you do not exercise, this weight loss approach will likely stop the weight gain but you should not expect any weight loss. The recommendations below, being followed exactly, should allow a good diet and exercise to actually work.

The recommendations for men and women are slightly different. We list what women should do first and just below we describe what men should do. Below the men’s section you will find hints on foods to avoid as well as foods to eat.

Women

Probiotic For Women

Take 1 Probiotic For Women each afternoon. Take with a little yogurt. You will only need 1 bottle of this probiotic. If you staying on the antidepressant or antipsychotic you will likely need to take this probiotic every 6 months or the weight gain will return.

Take 3 JNK Capsules mid-morning - Take with a little yogurt. The JNK Capsules were formulated to help reduce the over activation of the JNK gene and JNK enzymes. The JNK, when over activated will cause weight gain for most individuals. Antidepressants as well as antipsychotics will over activate the JNK’s. The JNK Capsules are a very different supplement. If you have fatigue or just feel dull during the daytime you will likely feel a good lift in energy and mental brightness. If you are more prone to anxiety you will likely experience a reduction of the anxiety.

Digestive Enzymes – The digestive enzyme we are recommending is not your everyday digestive enzyme. This digestive enzyme formula is supplied in a chewable tablet with a cherry flavor. Chew 2 tablets 30-minutes before each meal, 3 times a day. This will help with the breakdown of veggies, fats, carbohydrates, lactose and quite a bit more. There is one enzyme created in our body that can create anxiety and sensitivities to foods by forcing the brain to convert too much of one amino acid. This digestive enzyme will help balance this area of concern. If you also suffer from constipation, gas or bloating, usually by day 3 these symptoms are corrected.

Garcinia Cambogia – I do not view Garcinia Cambogia as a weight loss supplement as many dieters do. This supplement will assist with weight loss if you are insulin resistant and it may help curb your appetite a little. In the case of drug induced weight gain, helping reverse insulin resistance will be where the benefit comes from.

You may have read about Garcinia Cambogia or seen the Dr Oz TV show where he recommended this supplement for weight loss. We have spent several months investigating this supplement to ensure it did not interact with medications and to verify it actually helps with weight loss.

We have not seen any supplement/drug interactions and this supplement does work for weight loss when the exact source of the ingredient is used that was shown on the Dr Oz show. The Garcinia Cambogia we recommend is from the exact same source that was used for Dr Oz. The same company that made the Garcinia Cambogia for Dr Oz makes the one we recommend.

Take 2 veggie capsules 30-minutes before breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Micellized Vitamin D3 – Women, more than men, will benefit from vitamin D3 for weight loss. A study with 1,631 people was conducted with vitamin D3 and obesity and the relationship of insulin resistance was investigated. The vitamin D3 was exceptionally helpful with women but only slightly with men. Men will benefit from vitamin D3 as well but not likely for weight loss.

Micellized Vitamin D3 is a liquid D3 that is water soluble instead of fat soluble as most D3’s are found. The micellized D3 comes as a very small particle which allows a much higher absorption rate. You will have between 2 to 5 fold higher absorption with micellized Vitamin D3.

1 drop of this D3 provides 400iu. You will receive 600 servings per bottle of Micellized Vitamin D3.

Neuro Genetic Solutions offers the supplements above as a package with a substantial discount. Included in package:

Probiotic For Women - 1 bottle (60 day supply taking 1 a day)

JNK Capsules – 1 bottle (30 day supply when taking 3 a day)

Digestive Enzymes – 1 bottle (30 day supply when taking 2 before 3 daily meals)

Garcinia Cambogia – 2 bottles (33 day supply when taking 2 capsules before 3 daily meals)

Micellized Vitamin D3 – 1 bottle (150 day supply when taking 4 drops per day of 400iu per drop)

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Optional For Women

Cal Mag D3 Plus (15% of women that take calcium will lose weight. There is a catch to this. It needs to be the right type of calcium and your intestinal tract needs to be in good shape for this to work. Until you take the probiotic for 3 to 4 weeks the calcium will not help.) Calcium requires available vitamin D3 for absorption. Include 1 drop of Micellized Vitamin D3 with this calcium supplement for fantastic results.

Magnesium Glycinate - Much the same as the calcium, until you handle the gut your body will not be able to absorb much magnesium. Wait 3 to 4 weeks before trying magnesium.

Men

JNK Diet Probiotic

Take 1 JNK Diet Probiotic each afternoon. Take with a little yogurt. If you plan on staying on the medication you will likely need to take this probiotic again in 6 months.

Take 3 JNK Capsules mid-morning - Take with a little yogurt

Digestive Enzymes – The digestive enzyme we are recommending is not your everyday digestive enzyme. This enzyme is supplied in a chewable tablet with a cherry flavor. Chew 2 tablets 30-minutes before each meal, 3 times a day. This will help with the breakdown of veggies, fats, carbohydrates, lactose and quite a bit more. There is one enzyme created in our body that can create anxiety and sensitivities to foods due to forcing the brain to convert too much of one amino acid. This digestive enzyme will help balance this area of concern. If you also suffer from constipation, gas or bloating, usually by day 3 these symptoms are corrected.

Garcinia Cambogia – You may have read about Garcinia Cambogia or seen the Dr Oz TV show where he recommended this supplement for weight loss. We have spent several months investigating this supplement to ensure it did not interact with medications and to verify it actually helps with weight loss.

We have not seen any supplement/drug interactions and this supplement does work for weight loss when the exact supplement is used that was shown on the Dr Oz show. The Garcinia Cambogia we recommend is from the exact same source that was used for Dr Oz. The same company that made that Garcinia Cambogia makes the one we recommend.

Take 2 veggie capsules 30-minutes before breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Neuro Genetic Solutions offers the supplements above as a package with a substantial discount. Included in package:

JNK Diet Probiotic - 1 bottle (60 day supply taking 1 a day)

JNK Capsules – 1 bottle (30 day supply when taking 3 a day)

Digestive Enzymes – 1 bottle (30 day supply when taking 2 before 3 daily meals)

Garcinia Cambogia – 2 bottles (33 day supply when taking 2 capsules before 3 daily meals)

Click Here for package at Neuro Genetic Solutions This package is marked down from $276 to $138

Foods to avoid:

First a Don't: If you are still taking a medication do not abruptly change your diet. An extreme diet change can create problems with the drug metabolism and create drug side effects.

Try to eliminate as much refined sugar as possible from your daily diet.

Start eliminating canned foods and packaged foods with preservatives. The preservatives in the foods are adding to the difficulty of weight loss. The preservatives also activate the JNK gene and JNK enzymes you are trying to balance.

Avoid frozen fish. If your grocery store sells fresh fish that they froze, ask them if they have used any preservatives on the fish. Avoid if they have. Look at the label of all pre-packaged fish and if the label shows any additive you should avoid.

Avoid white bread

Avoid fast food restaurants unless you know the meal is free of preservatives.

You really need to look at the label on foods and even the trusted Subway sandwich you may be having for lunch. Subway has been using a chemical in their breads called Azodiacarbonamide. This chemical is used when making yoga mats and the rubber soles of shoes.

Coke is removing a chemical found in flame retardants that they put in Gatorade.

Foods to Eat

Again, don't go wild and change your diet drastically.

Broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables are good for us but if you are taking any medications they will likely cause the drug to metabolize too fast and you will feel withdrawal side effects, without reducing the medication. The side effect is usually anxiety.

Drink 2 glasses of fresh lemon water a day. Take 1 lemon and cut it in half. Squeeze the lemons juice into 10 ounces of water and drink. Do this twice a day. The lemon water will help clean up the gallbladder and this will help fats move through the body better.

You need to eat! Make sure to have 3 meals a day and ideally a snack between breakfast and lunch and one more snack between lunch and dinner.

Balance the protein, fats and carbs.

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