Our expert says:
If you are 1.82 m tall and weigh 82 kg, then your present BMI = 24,8 which is just still within the normal range (18-25). I looked up the psychiatric medications you are taking in my copy of MIMS and see that Cymbalta lists both weightloss or weight gain as side-effects. Lamictin and Abilify do not list weight changes as side-effects. Hormonal contraceptives can also cause weight gain or loss in individual patients depending on how the patient reacts. An important factor to keep in mind, is that depression can also cause dramatic weight changes either up or down. From what you say, I get the feeling that you are generally depressed, which could in itself be responsible for your inability to lose weight. I think it is an excellent idea for you to consult a registered dietitian for a slimming diet, because research indicates that slimmers who have some support, do better than those who try it alone. Then there is the aspect of exercise. It is vital that if at all possible, you start doing daily aerobic exercise (swimming, skipping, cycling, brisk walking, jogging, join a gym or Walk for Life) because this type of exercise not only promotes weightloss, but also improves depression and gives your mood a lift. So do see the dietitian and start doing at least 30 minutes or more of exercise a day and you will lose weight.
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