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Readers Respond: Losing Weight After Prednisone Therapy

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Updated September 26, 2012

One of the side effects from taking prednisone that can be long lasting is the weight gain. Losing weight gained during prednisone therapy is just as hard as losing weight gained in any other way.

However, when you also have inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), you may have special challenges that complicate your ability to eat healthy foods and get more exercise. With all of these factors, how do you safely drop those extra pounds and continue to manage your IBD?

Eating Like A Diabetic

I tried eating a diabetic-like diet. Small amounts every 2-3 hours with proper portion control/proteins and foods to control blood sugar spikes. I tried a glycemic like diet that started out 2 weeks to boost metabolism with mostly greens, veggies, fats and meats and then on to adding carbs to a more normal but portioned eating pattern. It worked and 50lbs gone over 1.5 years. Off for 3 years. I still eat like a toddler every 2-3 hours and actually enjoy healthy foods and I am never feeling deprived. Avoid anything with sugars that are not natural (e.g. fruit juice from concentrate, anything with fructose/glucose syrups). Just my personal experience. Check of course with your doctor first.
—Guest payitforward

Watching Sodium

Eat less. No sodium, plenty of vegetables. Again, sodium free foods. Particularly snacks such as chips, crackers, and salted cold cuts.
—Guest kem

Controlling Weight

Doing exercise like yoga really helps, also eating vegetables like tomatoes and cucumbers.
—Guest Ada

Losing Weight Is Possible

Prednisone is one of the medications I've taken in my life that packed the pounds on me -- I went from being underweight to gaining 57 pounds and being overweight. With the help of Weight Watchers, I lost 43 pounds and got down to a healthy weight over a period of 2 years. I had lost weight with WW quickly before, but that change didn't stick. To me, slow weight loss is much better than losing it quickly, without learning anything about oneself and one's relationship with eating.
—jewelrystore

Losing Weight

Try the book: The Anti-inflammatory Diet. She has great menus and explains why some foods cause more weight gain than others. My friend follows this and looks great, of course you have to exercise 30 minutes a day too! I started it last week and don't feel so bloated now. I believe this will work!
—kanitbeu

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