You could also check your calorie intake so you do not exceed your daily nutrition requirements. A low-calorie diet also helps with weight loss. In prepping your meals, consider eating a high-protein meal. Proteins help you feel fuller  and you are less likely to snack in between meals. Lean proteins can help with building and maintaining muscles especially if you are strength training. Foods that are rich in fiber are a great idea too.
Fiber-rich foods help fill you up and prevent overeating. Consider including foods such as whole grains, vegetables, and fruits in your meal plan. Foods and herbs such as garlic help in your weight loss journey. Cutting out heavily processed carbohydrates from your diet could help you control your weight. So, your diet should feature less junk.
Reducing your consumption of saturated fat and cholesterol, therefore, less fried foods, mayonnaise, butter, or margarine, could help too. If you are still experiencing uncontrollable weight gain from your steroid use despite your best efforts, you might want to see your doctor.
Seeing your health provider is also your best option if you are also experiencing other side effects of using steroid medications. Your doctor might adjust your dosage and that might be enough to reduce the unpleasant side effects you might be experiencing.
If that does not work, your doctor might have to change your medication altogether. However, you should not stop taking your steroids abruptly without talking to your doctor. You might experience unpleasant withdrawal symptoms  such as joint pain, fatigue, muscle ache, diarrhea, vomiting, and fever when you quit steroids cold turkey. Supplements such as CBD  show promising results in encouraging fat loss. If you are not on steroids long-term, you might notice an improvement in your weight after your steroids therapy ends.
The water weight that you have gained from fluid retention typically goes away on its own after a while when your steroid therapy ends. Therefore, being patient with your body as it attempts to restore the normal order of things is essential. Your exercises and diets probably will not give you results in a day. Nevertheless, consistent efforts bring results and you will get them soon enough.
Weight gain and bloating are common side effects of steroid use. With steroid medication use, you might experience increased appetite. Therefore, you might find yourself eating more, causing you to gain weight. That is why meal planning and spreading out your meals throughout the day can help you manage your weight gain from using steroids.
Steroid medications affect electrolyte balance  in your body. Hence, causing water retention. They can also cause fat redistribution  to your abdomen, face, and neck. You may develop the classical moon face from prolonged use of steroids. If you are receiving steroid therapy for a condition that limits your physical activity, that might cause weight gain. That is because you might not be getting enough physical activity to burn the extra calories you might be consuming. Steroids or corticosteroids are effective anti-inflammatory medications.
However, you might experience some side effects with its use, especially weight gain, and fluid retention. Drinking water before your meal will help you stay hydrated and keep you full so that you do not overeat. Sticking to a healthy diet filled with lean protein and high fiber foods such as fruits and vegetables will also help curb your appetite and encourage weight loss.
Exercises such as cardio and weight training depending on your physical abilities can help you burn fat. Taking less sodium and more potassium-rich foods could help you manage the water retention that comes with steroid therapy.
Your doctor can adjust your steroid therapy to reduce the unpleasant side effects that you may be experiencing. At the end of your steroid therapy, the water weight will go down on its own so you might want to exercise some patience. Health Canal avoids using tertiary references. We have strict sourcing guidelines and rely on peer-reviewed studies, academic researches from medical associations and institutions.
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Learn more about out process here. What Are Steroids? Types of steroid medications include: Prednisone Prednisolone Methylprednisolone Hydrocortisone Dexamethasone Many users of steroids such as prednisone find themselves gaining weight or feeling bloated  as a common side effect.
These steps include: Exercise more Drink lots of water High potassium low sodium diet Plan your meals Eat healthily See your doctor Wait it out. To ensure the accuracy of articles in Health Canal, you can read more about the editorial process here NHS Choices Dexamethasone: 7 things you should know.
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I feel great. So far as I know weight loss on low dose Prednisone has not been reported in the literature. I have a friend who has had the exact same experience. Guest over a year ago Same experience. Grew up obese; lost weight on my own at age 29 and maintained healthy not thin!
Then found that I could control my physical appetite but NOT the anxiety in my head pressing me to eat. Gained a lot of weight and despaired of losing it, despite knowing how viz. Prescribed short course of prednisone and dropped 10 pounds in 10 days while feeling great. It's been a week. I'm still stringently dieting. The voice is still gone. The weight loss, however, has stopped.
Very bizarre side effect and you can bet I'm going to ask my doctor to continue me on prednisone, barring negative side effects I had none on the short course. The benefit seems to me to outweigh the risks so far as the risks are currently known - for women my age bone density and blood sugar need to be watched.
Guest over a year ago In reply to anonymous on - click to read. I am on 35mg. Guest 11 months ago In reply to anonymous on - click to read. I am so happy to read this I am going on 60 mg of prednisone for a long period of time for auto immune and am so scared of them Guest over 9 months ago In reply to anonymous on - click to read.
I am on a silimiar dose for sciatica, for a week.. I am wondering about the weightloss. On a short Prednisone course for psoriatic arthritis flare. Have dropped 25lbs in 4 weeks. My diet into good. I eat too much junk food.
I didn't change a thing, still dropped the weight. Happened before while I was on prednisone. Dropped 40 lbs in 3 months. Especially for diabetics. Guest over 7 months ago I lose weight when I get steroid injections or take oral steroids. I'm trying to figure it out too. I am having a lot of symptoms including joint pain and stiffness especially my knees, lechens planus, and gastro intestinal issues and pain, and obesity.
Going to the doctor December 3. I'm wondering if I have autoimmune issues or endocrine issues. Have lost about 5 pounds and the other thing that I've found is very tired and feeling of weakness in my legs This was not the case during the 1st week when I had all sorts of energy. Anyone else experience weight loss and fatigue while in mid Prednisone therapy.