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So just to update I had to change the plan due to depression issues. Low carb for those prone can cause issues. Here was my original post: .

Anyway, going up in carbs- out of ketosis did cure my problem. After 2 weeks I can say things are perfect on that end- mentally I feel great, but no losses. That is a bummer. I haven't gained, but no losses of course stinks..

So as of today I am back at 5 & 1. My plan is to try this again for up to a month, then switch back a week or so, etc. I think vacillating back and forth will help avoid the issues I was having. Seems like as long as I increase the carbs for short bursts things will normalize enough to keep me going. I am actually hoping that only going 5 & 1 for 3-4 weeks will help me only have to do 4&2&1 for 1 week this next time.

How do I feel about this? Not great, but at least I am feeling better. Of course it feels like I just gave away 2 weeks and you all know none of us like that. Standing there marking time is no fun, but for me and my family it was a necessary evil. I just could not go on as I was.

My experience was that I was instantly STARVING going up that much. Eating even that snack of fruit just made me personally want more. Not good! It was tough to not just eat everything in sight and I was constantly having to check myself. Now, it wasn't too difficult to maintain my weight doing this, BUT for those losing on that plan my hat is off to you. Gees, I was one hungry carb-craving individual.

I have to say I did enjoy having some normal- without much effort bathroom experiences if you know what I mean. I'm going to miss those!..

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I have also added carbs and calories to my plan, up to 1050 calories and 105 carbs, I lost 7 lbs last week after starting this, I don't know it is was a fluke or what, I will see what happens this week's weigh in. I also noticed that the irritability and bad mood went away..

I am glad that you are feeling better, I know there has to be a way to do this, lose weight and stay depression free, we wil figure it out..


Comment #1

Hi Laurie,.

I just read your original post, and after reading your update, I am so glad to hear that you are feeling better mentally and emotionally! I know it is hard to give up time losing weight, but you are doing exactly what you need to be doing - finding what works best for you to be healthy and happy!.

Please keep us updated on your progress. While I don't have problems with depression, I've dealt with anxiety for many years. I too have found that the number of carbs I eat on any given diet affects how I feel. It's always interesting to compare notes!.

Take care and good luck,.


Comment #2

It's me again........ugh. This has been a terrible couple of months for me. Sorry to say, I have had to return to meds to manage what has been happening for me. That is a BIG bummer. I hate the meds, the side effects, all of it. But it is what it is and I must be sane and functioning with 4 children.

I have been so off plan since trying to get the meds figured out. Somehow though I have managed to maintain what I lost fluctuating a pound or 2 each way. I am not sure how? The grace of God with my eating some days to be honest.

I will admit that getting back on this horse is SO HARD! SO HARD! Man, I read about it, but really never dreamed that getting back on plan would be so difficult. I have tried for a couple of weeks while we have been tweaking the meds, but I just keep failing. I figure posting here is the only thing that can help me at this point. (My advice there- try desperately NOT to go off- I know it happens, but it sucks going back on! I couldn't help it at the time with my depression, but I sure wish I could have!).

I appreciate the comments before (read my post above and the original post link), and hope for more to spur me on. I so want to keep losing.

Grateful for you all,.


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BTW, hoping with meds to NOT have to go on and off the plan like I thought in the original post since doing that is not working for me. TOO TOO difficult to get back on...

Comment #4

Laurie, I'm glad you're feeling better and sorry about the struggle to get back on plan. As much as I love MF, I'm wondering if you might do better on something like South Beach with it's healthy carbs. It's a great diet that teaches a lot of lessons about healthy longterm eating and I know many people who have done very well on it. Different things work for different people and their individual situations.

Good luck!..

Comment #5

GGRobin, I was just going to recommend the same advice! I agree with others that the poster needs to put mental health and raising the kiddos above MF. I lost weight on South Beach and wasn't hungry, and the reason I couldn't maintain it was because I had to cook A LOT and as a busy, single professional that was hard...

Comment #6

Hi Laurie,.

I have been wondering about you, hope the meds help, they are working for me, that and going to the therapist every week..

I am steady now, losing about 2 lbs a week and keeping the calories/carbs close to 1000/100, it works for me, so I am sticking with it for now, ready to add back the exercise to maybe get up to 3 lbs a week..

Do whatever you need to to take care of you!.


Comment #7

I have not been able to read all the previous posts, but I did see that you wrote your depression is gone. I am so happy for you. Dont give up. You will lose weight.

I wish you the very best...

Comment #8

What is interesting for me is since Medifast my depression is totally gone. I talked to my doctor this past weekend about stoping my depression medication and she said a big NO that I need if for my anxiety. I feel so much better and it is kind of strange to feel good. I don't know what is in Medifast but it sure seems to help balance my system. I do have to wonder if when the winter comes and the darkness I will get that depression you get from the winter weather? I though of buying one of those lamps that are supposed to help it...

Comment #9

I am so glad you are working this out! Stay with medifast and you will lose..

If you ever need any help please dont hesitate to write me..

Comment #10

This question was taken from a support group/message board and re-posted here so others can learn from it.


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