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PostPosted: Wed Jul 21, 2010 9:48 am 
I started Medifast a week ago, which is a "fast" in the true sense of the word, as it is an 800-1000 calorie/day diet. I logged in every bite I ate and was at a 7000+ calorie deficit for the week (a pound = 3500cal). Most people lose 5+ lbs the first week with water weight included. I lost less than one pound. I'm seriously scared the the Sub has something to do with it. I honestly can think of no other explaination.


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Hi Lilly,

I don't know if there have been any studies regarding suboxone specifically or opiates in general and weight gain. The one thing that came to mind when I read your post was a possible thyroid condition. That would probably impact your ability to lose weight. There may also be other medical reasons for your inability to lose weight, but keep in mind I'm no doctor.

I understand the frustration over the difficulty in losing weight. I was thin all my life until about 6 or 7 years ago (I'm 45 now) - before my addiction to opiates, so I can't personally blame it on them. In fact in the first two or three months after I started suboxone I actually lost about 20 pounds without doing anything differently. I've since gained it back, but I blame that on my lack of a regular exercise program.

It's my opinion that you should consider ruling out any possible medical problems.

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I've had a similar problem, I've posted about it a few times, but I wanted to let you know your not alone. I have always maintained a healthy and normal weight that is except the past year :(
Once I started subs I didn't notice a difference it wasn't until I started noticing my pants were too tight that I actually went out and bought a scale to monitor my weight. Straight away I noticed I had put on several pounds and I quickly put the scale in the very, very back of my closet where I couldn't see it, lol.
I took suboxone for 18 months and I gained about 30 pounds. I'm 5'9, 35 years old and I've always weighed somewhere between 130-150, two months before stopping subs I weighed 174 pounds and it sucked! I began a strict diet the last two months because it was making me feel even more depressed and unattractive. It was an out right struggle! to lose one pound. I fought so hard, stayed hungry the entire time. I'm the type of person that can normally drop 10 pounds quick, just by eating less and drinking lots of water, that did not work. It's been a fight! Sheer will power. I am currently at 159, I only stopped the subs six days ago so most of it I managed to do while on the subs.
You can lose the weight, it's just harder. For me the hardest part was increased appetite and sweet tooth!!


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Hi Lilly,

I am sorry to hear that you are struggling with your weight loss. I know how depressing it is to be overweight. I have already posted some comments about my struggles with weight gain in another thread so I am going to copy and paste some of it. I apologize if you have already read my post to this, and if you have just skip through it to my last remarks. Sub affects everyone differently and I have heard some people gain weight while others lose it. It is hard to feel good about yourself if you are overweight, especially when you are making so many good life changes while on SUB.

" I gained at least 20 pounds when taking opiates, and considering I had cancer, that was huge because most people lose weight. Since I have been stable on Sub, I started losing the weight. I drank a ton of water and also went to the gym 4 or 5 times a week. I would also go in the sauna to sweat out all the remaining toxins and water weight and it helped tremendously.
The other thing that really helped me lose the weight, was going on a high protein diet and dropped all white sugar and white flour. That made a HUGE difference! I could not believe how fast the weight came off when I stopped eating that. I know most good dieticians recommend not to eat anything with white sugar or white four but it is really difficult to do. Almost all processed foods contain both. I also am really surprised at how much better I feel since I stopped eating both of those things. My energy level is SO much better and even my mood is better. White sugar and white flour are really poison to the human body and not digested well and can cause your metabolism to really slow down. I know the more of it we eat though, the more our bodies crave it. It is almost an addiction in itself. It is really difficult NOT to eat though because you have to change your diet so much, and it does take a long time to adjust. Now if I eat even white bread, I can gain weight from just a couple of pieces of toast, it's amazing and then I really feel rotten for the rest of the day since my body is no longer used to it.
Just a thought. If you are able to, try it and I promise you will notice a huge difference in as little as a week.
oh - just one more hint. I know it may be difficult to live without white sugar, but artifical sweetners such as aspartime, nutrasweet, etc, are even worse than white sugar. I will try and find the article I just read about dieters trying to lose weight and switching from sugar to artificial sweeteners and they gained even more weight than people that stuck to white sugar. Another really good weight loss aid is green tea. I do not really know why, but it is!"

Hope some of this is helpful, I know how depressing weight gain can be expecially if you are used to being thin.

Let me know if you have any other questions or cooking suggestions.
Ginger


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Wow. I've lost a fair amount since I was put on 78 days ago. :o I think it is because sub knocks my appetite to the curb. I know it is unhealthy but some days I eat maybe twice a day. I've added in some health shakes to help nutrition issues.

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I attended 18 months of suboxone, I get about 30 pounds. I am 5'9, 35 years old, I have been somewhere in the trade-off between 130-150, two months before the submarine to stop my weight 174 pounds, it sucked! I started a strict diet in the past two months, because it makes me feel more depressed and unattractive. This is an outright power struggle! Lose a pound.

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I have gained about 40 pounds since i started taking suboxone in 2008. the doctors are telling me i should be loosing weight. i exercise and everything! i can't loose this weight for shit but if i try to get off the subs i loose weight drastically. i've tried many times to get off this medication and it just doesn't work for me. I would love to stay on it for the rest of my life but my husband HATES that im on it. can anyone help? suggestions?


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Id really have your thyroid checked out. seriously.

My doc explained to me that, full blown opiates (morphine, diluad, etc) SLOW your thyroid function/metabolism in general. but for very few it speeds it up.
then, lets say you start suboxone therapy, and the oposite can ring true.

FOR ME, I gained a whole shit load of wieght on methadone,,,,,, and since starting suboxone, 15 mos ago, Ive lost about 50 pounds. Yes, thats alot, but its like 4 pounds a month. it has come off really slow, and I havent really changed my diet or excersise, anything.

Thats why I asked the dr. about it. Also, methadone, makes some people "retain fluid" so I think that happened with me.

The dr. told me he has helped some people with Rx's for thyroid issues, while on suboxone.

So I think its really about getting to the 'root' of the problem.

hope that helps :wink:

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beautifullybroken wrote:
I've had a similar problem, I've posted about it a few times, but I wanted to let you know your not alone. I have always maintained a healthy and normal weight that is except the past year :(
Once I started subs I didn't notice a difference it wasn't until I started noticing my pants were too tight that I actually went out and bought a scale to monitor my weight. Straight away I noticed I had put on several pounds and I quickly put the scale in the very, very back of my closet where I couldn't see it, lol.
I took suboxone for 18 months and I gained about 30 pounds. I'm 5'9, 35 years old and I've always weighed somewhere between 130-150, two months before stopping subs I weighed 174 pounds and it sucked! I began a strict diet the last two months because it was making me feel even more depressed and unattractive. It was an out right struggle! to lose one pound. I fought so hard, stayed hungry the entire time. I'm the type of person that can normally drop 10 pounds quick, just by eating less and drinking lots of water, that did not work. It's been a fight! Sheer will power. I am currently at 159, I only stopped the subs six days ago so most of it I managed to do while on the subs.
You can lose the weight, it's just harder. For me the hardest part was increased appetite and sweet tooth!!


Your story sounds exactly like mine. only that i was 5'1 and 90 pounds when i started taking suboxone 4 years ago and now im 130 i have tried diets and everything but my sweet tooth is worst than EVER! Ive tried exercising and dieting and it doesn't work for me. the only time i loose weight is when i stop taking my subs. Because i don't eat at all. If i don't eat i drastically lose weight

You make me feel sooo much better that im not the only going through it and i thank you for that :)


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