Hi Lucy - I would like to be able to tell you that prednisone and weight gain are exclusive of one another, but unfortunately they pretty much go hand in hand :cry: . As you have noticed, a reduction in the amount of prednisone also corresponded with weight loss. I have not been able to find a sure fire wheight loss strategy or program for patients on prednisone. I can offer you some suggestions about weight management, perhaps some of them will work for you. First, you might want to consider consulting with a nutritionist in order to begin a healthy weight loss program. Some low stress exercise should help, like walking, swimming or stretching. Exercise can also improve your breathing if begun slowly. Consult with your medical provider before starting any exercise, to see if you can handle this. You should start slowly and be sure that you are under medical supervision at all times.
Here are a few diet tips for weight loss:
*You don't have to finish your plate
*Reduce the quantity of late night meals and snacks, and this will help with weight loss
*Snacking may cause weight gain if snacks are consumed in a non-hungry state.
*Reduce calorie dense foods, they are the most likely source of weight gain
*Substitute Stevia, the no calorie natural sweetener, for sugar.
*Reduce any sugared drinks, such as iced teas and soft drinks. Dilute fruit juices with water.
*Add a teaspoon of sugar-free psylliumpowder (found in all grocery stores) to a glass of water and drink it with each meal. Psyllium absorbs a lot of water and gives you a sense of fullness.
*Eat more protein during the day and reduce intake of simple carbohydrates.
*Find activities, hobbies, sports, games, or work that you enjoy doing, so you won't be thinking about food as a primary source of pleasure.
*Exercise is one of the best things you can do for weight loss. Find an activity that you enjoy.
Some people say that eating half of a grapefruit three times per day before meals appears to help people with weight loss. Moreover, regular grapefruit-eaters experienced a decrease in insulin, which in excess can increase the risk of weight gain and cardiovascular problems.
Modifying the consumption of different food-groups may keep body weight from creeping up over time, new research suggests. The six-year study found that adults who boosted their intake of fruit during the research period put on less weight and body fat than those whose fruit consumption dipped. The same benefit was seen among men and women who started drinking more skim or low-fat milk, or who cut back on fatty foods. Although high-fat, Atkins-style diets have been advocated for weight loss, the new study provides evidence that over the long-term, relatively high fat intake promotes weight gain, according to lead author Vicky Drapeau. The findings support the standard public health recommendation that adults eat more fruits and vegetables and limit fat intake.,
If you maintain a healthy diet, exercise regularily and keep your body as fit as possible, you should not worry about your weight gain. If your weight gain affects your health and if you become inactive, then it will be seen as a problem.
You may, one day, be able to be taken off of prednisone - or at least have the dosage reduced to an amount where you can manage your weight satisfactorily. In the meantime, if the prednisone is helping you with your disease and reducing and/or eliminating serious health problems, consider that a small blessings.
I wish you the best of luck. Keep us posted on your progress!
Peace and Blessings