I have briefly touched the subject of Cortisone tablets before such as Prednisone. I would like to come back to that subject and see how it actually affects our bodies. Is it classed as steroids? If so does it cause weight gain and why do you gain weight from steroids? And most importantly How to lose steroid weight?
What Is Prednisone And What Is Prednisone Used For
The active ingredient in prednisone is Corticosteroids which is a medication used to treat a variety of issues regarding inflammation. These could be allergies, lupus and Rheumatoid Arthritis as well as other inflammatory diseases.
Is Prednisone a steroid.
It is in the family of man made steroids and it is used to suppress the immune system and in that way suppress any inflammation in your body.
This type of steroid goes by many names such as Predinsone, Methylprednisolone, Prednisolone, Dexamethasone and Hydrocortisone
Cortisone is a hormone that our bodies naturally. In high doses however it can cause a variety of nasty side effects one of these being weight gain.
Why do you gain weight from steroids.
Steroids in this form can your body to retain water which can add to the weight gain but Cortisone can also create an increased appetite and it can affect your overall metabolism and the way your body will store fat especially on your stomach.
The way steroids or cortisone, in this case, works is that is involved in the way our body regulate
our water, salt and other electrolytes and with increased cortisone levels it can play with how our body is retaining our fluids.
The weight gain, from body fluids and a decrease in your bodys metabolism, can be particularly visible in the face. However an all over weight gain can also be very noticeable.
I personally, gained around 20 kg in just a few months from Prednisone and this was very noticeable, especially in my face and my stomach.
How to Prevent Weight Gain From Steroids
If you are currently eating cortisone and you are worried of gaining weight then try to lower your calorie consumption. You can also try to eat less salt, as cortisone does have an effect the sodium levels in your body and can cause water retention. Since you are taking cortisone in the first place you might suffer from chronic pain, which can make exercising difficult to begin with but please try to get some exercise in as this will help with the weight gain.
How To lose Weight After Steroids
The weight you have gained can definitely come off but it might be a bit of a struggle. I have been struggling with the weight I gained for about a year now. It can take anywhere from a few months to, well, years. If it is not necessary to take Cortisone for your inflammatory condition then please stay away from it.
Try to eat regular and low calorie meals with plenty of fibers and good protein.
Avoid sugar as much as possible, a detox might be of benefit depending on your age and circumstances around your illness. If you are not sure please talk to your doctor before making any drastic changes.
Exercise is very important and there are plenty of exercises that you can do with Rheumatoid Arthritis. Please read my article on How to exercise with rheumatoid arthritis.
Gaining weight is never fun and it can be very stressful and hard on somebody who already has a lot to deal with health wise. The best thing to do is to try to stay positive. Little by little you will notice a change but it can take time
I used to be super fit and then during a period of extreme stress my R.A. flared up, my doctors recommended me Cortisone tablets. I should have stuck to my diet and restricted myself in a lot of ways but I turned to the quickest way I would notice a change. Unfortunately that change came
in the shape of extreme weight gain. I was eating healthy foods, trying to lower my calorie intake etc. but I should have started this the minute I started with Cortisone.
Now I am still fighting to lose the weight I gained. From the 20kg that I gained I am now down 4kg but it has been a year of working out and eating healthy. I have now started a workout regime and I am also taking supplements to aid in the process. It is going in the right direction but it is very hard not to be able to fit into the clothes that I once wore and that I should be able to fit into.
I have to look at the process in a positive way. I get the change to really build myself up and perhaps motivate someone else. I am determined to get back to my old body and my old clothes and perhaps with some more experience. I hope to regain the confidence I have lost due to this but also motivate someone else and show that anything can be done. Stay tuned.
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