Sure, here are some ideas on how that could be done.Do you think it is possible to lose weight while taking zyprexa?
Well, you can try toughing out the cravings and sacrifice a little for weight management or loss. Although I havent been on Zypreza I have been on risperdal that would make me eat like a pig. One way I worked on eating and losing bodyfat at the same time without exercise is to follow six small meals a day to help optimize maximum fat loss and stabilize blood sugar. If you still find losing weight difficult I would switch to Geodon or some other antipsychotic that is weight neutral.Do you think it is possible to lose weight while taking zyprexa? The main reason i take it is because it helps me sleep but the unsatisfiable hunger is difficult to control. I am managing to eat healthy food but i still crave junk food.
Zyprexa does produce a noticeable drugged feeling till you get used to it, but I didn't find it at all effective as a sleep aid. Once you get used to it that nasty drugged feeling goes away....an antipsychotic for sleep seems a bit, well, extreme.
Are you on it purely for sleep? or does it just help with that in addition to bipolar, schizophrenia or something else that it's indicated to treat? If it's purely for sleep I would definitely consider trying something else.Do you think it is possible to lose weight while taking zyprexa? The main reason i take it is because it helps me sleep but the unsatisfiable hunger is difficult to control. I am managing to eat healthy food but i still crave junk food.
That's right, Zyprexa can switch the body's primary fuel supply over from carbohydrates to fat, so the result is that sugar builds up in your body at higher rates than normal. A low sugar /refined carb diet may help this.The way to lose wieght while taking zyprexa is to eat a high fiber, high protein, low carbohydrate, low fat diet. Lots of salad with fat free dressing, vegatable dip made from fat free sour cream, etc.
Also, the problem with Zyprexa, even more than increased appetite from H1 and 5-HT2A antagonism is its effect on body's metabolism.
See, normally the body uses glucose as its main source of energy, then, when glucose reserves are used up (1-2 days), it uses fat, and after they are used up (weeks) it begins to burn proteins and eventually death occurs.
With zyprexa in particular, the body ceases to use glucose as its main source of energy and begins to use fat instead. This is not a good thing, since the glucose stays in the bloodstream, hyperglycemia occurs and the body produces more insulin to try and make the glucose enter the cells, but since cells use fat instead of glucose the glucose stays in the bloodstream and more and more insulin is produced and the body becomes resistant to it. There is when the risk of diabetes goes up and up.
This effect, plus the increase in appetite make zyprexa one of the worst meds in terms of metabolic effects.