How To Lose Weight After Steroids

How To Lose Weight After Steroids

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

Does Steroids Cause Weight Gain

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.

Try to eat low calorie foods such as vegetables and try to eat smaller meals instead of 3 big meals. You can also try to eat more potassium, such as bananas, as this can help with the sodium levels.


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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.

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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.

Thank you for reading and I hope that you have enjoyed the article. Please write and questions or comments down below.

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20 thoughts on “How To Lose Weight After Steroids

  1. I agree with you that gaining weight and be stressful and frustrating at times because the body will sometimes even too heavy to carry. Your article on losing weight after Steroids is really informative and helpful. I have learnt something valuable today in eat food with less calories and with more fibres. Great job.

  2. Hey! Thanks for sharing this great article here, I found this article informative and educative. I have sometimes wonder how to lose weight after steroids but your article just helped me out. I would love to revisit for more articles like this. Again, thanks for sharing this article. Thanks for building this website and investing your time. It’s great.

  3. It seems to be all about following common sense dietary tips, which is a good thing, but this can be a challenge for many. Something I would definitely suggest would be to lower calorie intake before going on such a regimen which will allow your mind and body to build a habit to tackle this struggle before it decides to take full force.

    It will be a challenge, but good habits can definitely be formulated here. It’s all about tackling the lifestyle change first, and always drink plenty of fluids as well, which will help regulate water retention by eliminating excess fluids. 

    1. Hi Todd,
      Thank you so much for your comment. 
      I agree with what you are saying, it is better to be prepared. 
      Thank you for the information about water retention.

  4. Thanks for writing this article on how to lose weight after steroids. I must commend you for a job well done for taking your time to write this article, it show you want to help a lot of people realise early on what Cortisone tablets is about and how it can increase weight gain. Must times I use to say prevention is better than cure when it comes to weight gain and weight loss. It is very easy to gain weight but it not easy to loss weight that it is better to always stay fit and avoid any habit or food that can speed the process of gaining weight 

    1. Hi,

      I agree with you, it is by far easier to prevent than to lose the weight. You have to be very motivated and work hard but it can be done.

  5. I salute you living with R.A. and you never seem to be complaining about it, just looking for ways to help others in the same predicament as you. I never realized that steroids were one of the drugs used to control this disease, although I was aware of cortisone.

    Unfortunately, you can’t get away from the weight gain when you use cortisone in most cases, but I suppose it is a matter of changing your food choices and eating natural and unprocessed foods. I am sure that this type of eating would also help the R.A.

    1. Hi Michel,
      I try my best to stay positive and motivate others for a change as well.

      The weight gain is hard to stay away from and sometimes it does not matter what you eat etc as your body will swell up, both due to lowered metabolism both also the water you begin to store.

  6. I came across this article and want to point out that steroids are bad, whether they’re prescribed for something or not, they are not a healthy option for your body.  They mess with your metabolism, emotion and a load of other side-effects that I am sure can be controlled through another costly drug.

    Getting off my rant-box, I watched my first wife balloon up from the steroid she was being given – even though she was not eating solid food but once a day.  It was the inactivity that caused the weight gain, but we had no other choice.

    If you need to take a steroid, STAY ACTIVE.  In fact, dial it up.

    Thank you for the article and I wish you good luck on your journey!

    1. Hi Colby,
      Thank you for your input. I agree, dial it up, in some cases it can be very difficult tho. 
      I was able to exercise and I was eating very healthy and I still gained a ton of weight. 
      Like you say it does mess with your metabolism and the best thing is to stay as far away as possible.

  7. I somehow injured my upper back and had extreme pain radiating down my left shoulder and arm. Still seeing a chiropractor but I had no choice but to go on a week’s worth of Prednisone. I’ve been struggling with my weight on and off most of my life. Now in my mid 50’s seems that much more difficult to lose despite a high level of exercise over the last two years and an 1100 daily caloric limit. It’s a constant struggle, unfortunately.

    1. Hi Annette, 
      I am sorry to hear that. 
      In some cases it is very hard to lose that weight and it can take a very long time. Do not give up. 
      Sometimes, the reason you are not loosing weight is that you are eating to few of calories and instead of shedding fat your body will store it since it feels that you are not getting enough.

  8. Steroids in our body reduce the loss of water thereby decreasing metabolism and increasing appetite. This causes weight gain which in most cases as you’ve rightly put are  visible starting from the face to other part of the body. One may question, why is the face the primary place, this is because this part of the body is always open and any slight change will be noticed. 

  9. This is an article you telling about how To lose weight after steroids. I do not like your opinion about to lose weight after steroids.I think if you can control the steroid-driven weight gain. Staying active is important for overall health as well as weight loss or maintenance. Depending on your level of health or current symptoms, you may want to consult your doctor first.Thank for your information.

    1. Hi, 

      The best scenario is of course to control your weight gain but in some cases this can be very hard as steroids alter how you store fat and also slows down your metabolism. When you begin your steroid treatment this is usually because you are already in pain so having to workout etc to balance the weight gain out might be hard.

  10. Yes probably you will lose the weight you gain from steroids, that’s not to say that you can’t hold on to it , 

    but probably you won’t, if you can’t nail your energy balance, then your shit  out of the luck even with steroids. 

    They are not magical and you won’t gain any more weight with steroids than you would without. 

    1. That is not true, you can gain more weight with steroids than without as steroids do alter they way you store fat and slows down your metabolism.

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