I Lost Weight Despite Medication for Schizoaffective Disorder
Thursday, September 6 2018 Elizabeth Caudy
I lost 20 pounds while on a medication for schizoaffective disorder that is infamous for causing weight gain ("Schizoaffective Disorder Medications: Types, Side Effects"). Here's how I did it.
I was very nervous about my annual physical two days ago. But when I got weighed, I realized I had lost 20 pounds since my last physical. I knew I had lost weight because I had gone down two jeans sizes, but I didn't realize how the pounds had added up.
Then, when my doctor came in, the first thing he said was, "You're getting healthier by the year. You quit smoking and now you're losing weight."
That made me feel really good.
I'm Losing Weight on a Medication for Schizoaffective Disorder
Avoiding Sugar on a Medication for Schizoaffective Disorder
I think my biggest driver for losing weight was cutting out sugared sodas. I started drinking diet sodas. Back when I quit smoking in 2012 (which is very hard to do even without schizoaffective disorder), I started drinking a lot of regular cherry Cokes to curb the craving for cigarettes. You could say I got addicted to cherry Coke. I was drinking three cans a day for a few years. But, over the past year, I started drinking cherry Coke Zero along with other diet sodas. I also stopped so much soda in general and started drinking a lot of water ("Trying to Lose Weight While On a Schizophrenia Medication").
Sometimes I let myself have a regular soda as a treat and I refuse to make myself feel bad about it. I occasionally indulge in other sweets, too--I love ice cream and chocolate. Around Easter, I ate lots of Cadbury Creme Eggs. But, again, I refuse to make myself feel bad about it.
Schizoaffective Disorder and Exercise
It's no secret that exercise is good for your mental health. So, I've been walking a lot over the past year. All that walking helped me to lose weight, too.
I've found that having a walking buddy makes a big difference. I go on a long walk with my mom almost every Friday night, and I try to go for a long walk with my husband every week, too. My friend Casey and I are planning on walking together as well.
I do walk alone, but I don't enjoy it as much. It is a good way to get out of the apartment, though, especially because my schizoaffective disorder causes me to isolate.
I know that, technically, with the exercise and cutting down on sugar, I have been doing a lot to lose weight. But it feels as though I lost weight without doing much of anything. I've come to love the taste of diet soda, plus I still let myself have a treat every now and then. But I didn't do anything major like join Weight Watchers. It almost feels like I lost weight by accident. Still, I'm very happy with the weight loss.