The Weight Loss Thread

@LouiseG @SkinnyMe We talked about starting a weight loss thread recently, so here it is.

I will start - I am currently trying to get to the weight I was before I started Geodon - my short-term weight loss goal is 219 pounds. I am down a total of 63 pounds from my all-time high of 319 when I was on Abilify. I currently weigh 256 pounds (down 12 pounds from when I started Zyprexa in the middle of March). I still have 37 pounds to lose to get to my short-term goal.

I track my food intake on - as long as I am less active, I stay between 1200-1400 calories per day. Once I start working, Sparkpeople says I can eat 1200-1550 calories and still lose 2 pounds a week. It was a bit labor intensive to track at first, but now I have my favorite foods in a separate list, and I have food groupings so I can log a meal with one click. It takes me about ten minutes to log a week’s worth of food ahead of time. It’s worth it.

I have a collapsed disc in my lumbar spine and can’t do exercise that is intense enough to burn calories, so it’s essential that I stick to my calorie range. I walk slowly with a cane, and I hate yoga. I’d rather have a low calorie range. It’s working so far.

My long-term weight loss goal is 180 pounds, the weight I was before I started taking anti-psychotics. I will have lost 100 pounds once I hit 219, my short-term goal. My plan is to maintain that for 3 - 6 months before starting the next phase of weight loss. I think I can do it.

Anyone else want to join the weight loss thread? I thought it would be good for encouragement and to help us stay on track. Tell me your goals and what you’re doing.


I’m trying to lose weight again too. This time I’m not looking at the weighing scales though. I’m just going to judge weight loss by my looks.

I’m eating less than 2000 calories a day (my target is 1900) which is enough for me to lose weight.

The weighing scales has always been my downfall. When it stops decreasing I lose the will to continue dieting.


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I don’t like the weighing scales and they don’t like me either lol
I would like to join this thread and get ideas to lose weight too. I’m trying to lose 15 pounds that I gained since I been on seroquel.
My doctor weighs me every month so I don’t get on the scales at home, plus I can tell when I’m losing and gaining by my appearance and clothes.
I weigh 130 pounds and really want to get down to my normal 115.
My husband hates it that I gained this weight so much he actually went to both my doctors and tried to have my meds changed.
But they wouldn’t do it.
I went back to being vegetarian a week ago.
And hoping and praying it will come off this time. Because being over weight has a stigma as bad as being schizophrenic. Or at least in my part of the woods it is.
Hoping I’ll reach my goal by August that’s 5 pounds a month for 3 months.
My husband gives me very mixed signals because once I start losing weight he wants to buy 5 bags of chips when we go to the store (chips are my downfall) but at the very same time doesn’t like me being over weight.
Can’t figure that out.
But I’m going to do this for me this time and no one else and looking forward to having support on here


@Shmookitty that’s absolutely incredible work you have done so far and are continuing to do. Seriously, pat yourself on the back, that’s an incredible feat and extremely encouraging.

@everhopeful It’s all about staying under that caloric range. Exactly. It works, just takes time.

I was at an all time high weight a few months ago, and really fed up with my diet and the way I looked. Counting calories and exercising a few times a week has been amazing and I’m down 13 pounds. I feel way better already. Now it’s about continuing to stay in my caloric range and not deviate or go back up. So far I’m doing well. I’m OK with losing the rest of the weight a bit slower as long as I keep it off, which I fully intend to.


Oh I want to be on this thread. I’m starting a diet today. I’m using to track my macros and it says I can lose 2 lbs a week if I stick to a 1200 calorie a day diet. I’m using slimfast to start off just to for the first month to help shrink my stomach and get myself motivated. So today I had a slimfast for breakfast, a very nice salad with all kinds of veggies and protein for lunch and dinner and snack will be more slimfast. My starting weight is 240 and my goal is to lose 10 pounds in the first month. My long term goal is to get down to 150. So I am going to lose 90 pounds.


I’m in! Started WW when I hit 260 thanks to risperidone, I’ve since decreased my dose. (With Pdoc approvals)

Currently I am down to 219. I want to be around 180 for my height and build


I haven’t gained much on Seroquel, but I’d still like to loose 10 lbs. I’ve maintained a weight I was comfortable with after loosing 18 lbs of the 20 lbs I gained on Abilify and saphris. So I’m ready to loose at least 10 more lbs.


I’m in. Reached my maximum of 110kgs which put my BMI into the obese catagory. I’m down to under 101kgs with mostly exercise and eating a bit smarter. I have been having only 3 meals a day and rare snacking which has helped a lot. My bmi is down to overweight and I’m on the path to my first goal of under 100kgs. It’s a work in progress and it’s a marathon for me anyways.


This is an AWESOME thread! Thank you for including me!

My high was 247lbs. I gained 63lbs on olanzapine and Latuda. I’m down to 240lbs, and my goal weight is 150lbs, literally the same as @leaf!

I’d like to do the Keto diet, because that is what my psychiatrist and family doctor recommend. At the least, I will cut down on carbs, especially sugar.




I’m glad so many people responded! APs really have a bad rap for causing weight gain - I gained on both Abilify and Geodon, two of the meds that are supposedly better for not causing that. Now that I’m on Zyprexa, I’m making it my mission to lose my excess weight instead of gaining like most people do on it. I am determined! As long as I stay in my calorie range, it’s slowly coming off instead of gaining. We are powerful!


I need to start becoming healthier with my eating habits… My eating disorder has been getting the best of me lately.

Despite that I’m still very overweight a dietitian said it’s because I’m putting my body into starvation mode.

So I’m going to start by eating 2 (properly portioned) meals a day!

I’m currently 290 pounds. So hopefully this thread can help me get healthier.


Currently somewhere near 205, going to the doctor to see about medication to lose weight tomorrow. I should be able to get naltrexone which would combine with my Wellbutrin and be pretty much the same as Contrave(a weight loss med with bupropion and naltrexone in it).

Perhaps he will prescribe something different, i am open to a few things it’s just up to the doctor. I have been counting calories and just haven’t moved down in weight, it’s frustrating. I will update this thread when I get a medication.


I want to join. My son recently asked me: do you find yourself beautiful? I want to be able to honestly answer yes. I was 80kg. Im down to 77 and people comment positively! My goal is 60kg. Before AP i was around that weight, sometimes less (even below 55kg), sometimes a bit more.

I dont want to measure things, just eat healthily. I also started dancing. And perhaps i will start exercise.


I ordered tennis rackets today and I’m starting jogging this weekend. I have gained weight this year and I want to deal with it before it gets out of control.

I wish you all the best loosing weight and I hope I can join you in the journey.


I’ve been jump roping 1,000 total jumps a day. I’ve also been going on 3 mile walks every day. Also I’ve been doing upper body and abs the first day. Next day I do legs. Then I repeat every 3 days with the 3rd day just cardio.

I’ve been eating a semi bodybuilder diet. Close to 3,000 calories and I’ve been losing a ton of weight and gaining a ton of muscle.

My Macros are around 300 grams of carbs, 200 grams of protein, and 100 grams of fat. For the micros I eat spinach, avocado, broccoli, and lot’s of other things.

Apparently close to 5% of the people who lose the weight actually keep the weight off for long periods. With my diet and exercise I feel like I can be one of those people.

I’m also eating vegetarian and gluten free. I feel amazing. In it for the long haul.


That’s incredible! I think I would die if I tried to do that. I couldn’t do that, who am I kidding?

I just got back from Kohl’s. I am trading in my size 3X clothes for 2X now. I bought some tops to wear to a job and two pairs of pants. The pants are size 22, down from a 26. I have two tops I really love that I bought in a 3X in April - I bought them again on clearance in a 2X and 1X so I have them for my entire weight loss journey. They were marked down to $8 each so I couldn’t say no.

I am still job hunting, but I’m volunteering any day now after my background check comes back, and I need nice clothes to wear there. I feel much better in the smaller size. It will help me be more confident when I rejoin the job market.


Geez. Good going ! That’s amazing.


The sad part is you dont even need to eat food on Olanzapine to get fat.

Its pure magic !!!


I haven’t experienced that problem. I gained 50 pounds when I was on Zyprexa in 1996-97, so this time I decided I was going to restrict to 1200-1400 calories from the start. I am losing slower - one pound a week instead of two - but it’s coming off and I am not gaining. Before, I didn’t limit my calories, I ate too much and I gained weight.

That was my big fear when my pdoc wanted to switch me from Haldol to Zyprexa back in mid-March - the weight gain. I gained big amounts on Geodon and Abilify all the way up to 319 pounds at my highest, and I knew I’d gained before on Zyprexa. I came out fighting from the start this time around. I am bound and determined to lose my extra weight. I don’t have to fall victim to inevitable weight gain if I’m careful like I have been.

Zyprexa actually suppresses my appetite a bit, so I’m lucky. It also gives me insomnia instead of making me tired, so I take in the morning and I have energy the whole day. I love it!