Anxiety issues and wanting to eat more on Medifast?

  • 673 days ago

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    I have issues for generalized anxiety ( I am on Paxil for it) this week my anxiety is off the charts for no apparent reason, and I have noticed I am extremely physically hungry. I have been on the program for 14 weeks & lost 36lbs so far, and I rarely feel physically hungry, not just craving something yummy to eat, it is growling stomach and all. I was wondering if anyone else with anxiety issues has noticed when your anxiety is out of control does it make you feel hungry, I was wondering if it makes you burn more calories for some crazy reason & that's why I am feel hungry.

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  • 672 days ago

    If your anxiety is causing your heart to race then yes, it could explain your hunger. Also, if your not sleeping well because of the anxiety that will make a huge difference. I found my tired days were always my hungriest days..

    Read chapter 17 in Dr. A's book for a great explanation of how sleep is tied to weight loss..

    Are you in Portland? Me too!.

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  • 666 days ago

    Thanks for the info, I will look that chapter up in the book, and I am in Gresham Or..

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  • 657 days ago

    What is this Dr A's book I have seen this mentiond a few times? Was wondering about it..

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  • 657 days ago

    It's called Dr. A's Habits of Health. He is basically the Medifast guru. I found some of the book really helpful, others have, too..

    As far as the anxiety goes, I notice that when I'm anxious (which is more often than not on this program), I want to eat whether I'm physically hungry or not. Sometimes my stomach is in knots and I guess I could mistake that for physical hunger. It's really hard when you're used to soothing yourself with food and have that taken away..

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  • 649 days ago

    Yes it is hard when your use to soothing yourself with foods, when my anxiety is off the charts, I use to turn to a huge bowl of fake mashed potatoes or mac & cheese, I almost did last night but I talked myself out of it, so that was a huge success for me.

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  • 644 days ago

    I read the diet book from Dr. Daniel Amen, "The Amen Solution". Having anxiety disorder that was worsened by Prozac, I went off everything and took his suggestion for GABA and 5HTP. For the first time in years, I am relatively normal. No crying, racing heartbeat, mood swings, etc. So I swear by this treatment for myself..

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  • 644 days ago

    Good for you, Gresham!.

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  • 641 days ago

    My anxiety doesn't make me hungrier, but it definitely affected the cravings in the early days. That's much better now. However, my anxiety is actually.

    Much.

    Worse now that I'm not self-medicating with food. I've have to actual medicate with medication. Funny how that works..

    But you know what? Getting that under control has started to make the dieting easier overall. I fell off the wagon Saturday and gave in to cravings for pasta, only to throw it out because I found after a few bites I didn't want it anymore. It was just the IDEA of comfort food that grabbed me. Helped me discover I may actually survive maintenance when the time comes, and deal with anxiety entirely differently in the future, rather than feeding it. So now I'm not only losing weight, but also dealing with the emotional triggers better..

    Good luck!.

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  • 581 days ago

    Some days, yes, but I know it's all in my head. I used to take 20mg of Lexapro every day, and was able to get off of it two years ago because I realized that working out was much more effective for me. Now, whenever I start feeling anxious (or anxious and "hungry") I know I need to work out. So I hit the weights a little harder, or walk the dog a little faster, or turn up the iPod and dance around like a fool. Changing my diet helped, too (this was prior to MF, but soon into the start of my weight loss journey), but exercise is now my Lexapro. And on those days when I am feeling anxious and hungry and exercise for whatever reason doesn't help? I just push through it, drink some water, love on my doggies and tell myself I'm stronger than a silly ol' panic attack. ;-).

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