Antidepressants and the Atkins Diet

Chelsea from San Francisco asked: “I have been on anti-depressants, and I’m about to go to the Atkins Diet. Is there any problem with that?”

Chelsea, this is a very good question. Some people have concerns about connections linking the Atkins diet to depression. However, a lot of these peopleâ??s assumptions are incorrect. The conventional wisdom is that high-fat diets can cause lethargy and apathy. However, the whole point of the Atkins diet is that it’s the carbohydrates that actually cause lethargy because of the wild shifts in blood sugar levels.

Lowering your carbohydrate levels help you level out your blood sugar levels, and restore the chemical balances in your body. These chemicals include insulin, triglycerides, and even chemicals in your brain, such a serotonin (a chemical which regulates mood in the brain). With more serotonin, you begin to feel happier and in a better mood.

So in a way, the Atkins diet may help you even more than antidepressants can.

Some people may also think that because the brain releases serotonin after consuming carbohydrates, being on the Atkins diet could make you depressed. However, there are many other ways of releasing serotonin. For example, exercising is a great way to release this chemical. It will make you happier, as well as help you achieve your weight loss goal. You should be exercising while on the Atkins diet, anyway.

Being on the Atkins diet while taking antidepressants could also be a good idea because some people have been known to gain weight when on antidepressants. The Atkins diet will counter this effect. 

As far as I know, there is no real problem with being on antidepressants while on the Atkins diet. However, if you are experiencing problems, you should contact your doctor or psychiatrist immediately, who should have more information.

I wish you good luck and happiness with whatever you may decide to do.


2 Responses to “Antidepressants and the Atkins Diet”

  1. Gina Kates says:

    I was on Atkins 2 yrs ago and lost 52 lbs, 40 of it in under 2 months! I was thrilled, i went from wearing size 3 & 4X tops to 18s and size 14 jeans. I was on my way but i got slack, eventually stopped trying and quit exercising. Because I have torn cartlidge in my knee and a bulging disc in my back, that will be limited. But i want to get back drinking my water, walking when i can and eating healthy. My extremely high blood pressure was beginning to stabalize and I felt better than I had in 30 years (and I’m only 47). Now i have a 9 month old granddaughter who lives with us and I want to be around a lot longer and feel good and look good. I’m starting college classes at the university where I work. How can I get myself motivated and get back into a healthy lifestyle. I felt so good when i was losing and was so proud, now I’m depressed, hate looking at smaller people and feel like a bloated whale! I haven’t stepped back on the scales but I’m guying 3X tops again and 18 jeans are tight and that’s those with elastic in the waist. HELP ME GET THIS BACK ON TRACK AGAIN, I WANT TO LIVE AND ENJOY LIFE AGAIN!

  2. Victoria says:

    Atkins can help when you’re on anti-depressants. The ADs cause weight gain due to carb cravings, and Atkins can help tremendously with the cravings. 🙂

    I am both on ADs and Atkins and I’m doing fine. 🙂

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