How Do Steroids Cause Weight Gain

Steroids are extremely effective in relieving pain and inflammation in the ody, and they can be life saving.

They are normally administered for conditions such as arthritis, asthma and eczema.  However, as with most drugs, they come with side effects, such as weight gain. Steroids are given to treat you for a condition or reduce the activity of the immune system, the body's natural defence against illness and infection. This can help treat autoimmune conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis or lupus, which are caused by the immune system mistakenly attacking the body. Taking over a long than normal, (runs past your prescribed initial course) steroids also comes with other hung ups too..   

What Are Steroids? Steroids, or corticosteroids, are anti-inflammatory drugs. 

There are many types and they are sold under various brand names: 
  • Prednisone (Deltasone, Sterapred)
  • Methylprednisolone (Medrol)
  • Prenisolone (Prelone, Pediapred)
  • Dexamethasone (Decadron, Hexadron)
  • Hydrocortisone (Acticort, Cortef)

 How Do Steroids Cause Weight Gain? Steroids affect sodium (salt) balance and, hence, increase fluid retention. They cause weight gain by increasing appetite and re-deposition of fat around the neck and abdomen. Because of chronic inflammation and pain, you will be less active and this will also contribute to weight gain. 

Advice 

If you're on steroids and are worried about gaining weight, talk to your doctor about reducing your risk. 

In many cases, any weight gained during treatment will come off once the drugs are stopped, but that weight loss can take months to a year. 

How to Lose Weight From Prednisone.? 

The good news is that the side effect of weight gain tends to reverse when the dosage of prednisone is taken below 10 mg/day. 

As fluid retention and increased appetite will also decrease as the prednisone is tapered down and discontinued. 

Have you ever heard the term ‘prednisone moon face?’ 

When your moon face is caused by prednisone or another steroid, the simplest treatment is often to reduce your dosage. Your doctor can put you on a lower dose. Over time, being on a lower dose will reduce the appearance of moon face. 

How do you stop weight gain from steroids? 

Below are a few tips for controlling the amount of calories and the quality of nutrients you eat:

So the generic advice is 

“Eat small, frequent meals of high nutritional value. Eat a high-protein, low-carbohydrate diet. ... Eat carbohydrates in the form of fresh fruits and vegetables. ... Limit saturated fat and cholesterol. ... Eat foods rich in calcium.” 


I'm indifferent about this, as calories should simply mean ‘energy’ and by providing your body with calories ‘so energy’. Importantly, you are relatively active the calories that comes from foods shouldn’t be too much of an issue 

My advice 

I will break down would begin with working towards ridding yourself of water weight. 

Firstly there is something known as 'water weight' and this is not the total body water that is or hopefully should be in your body at any one time, it's from taking certain steroids. 

How do u get rid of water weight? 

Besides exercising on a Regular Basis you should, 

Sleep More. Research on sleep highlights that it's just as important for health as diet and exercise 


Stress Less. ... 


And also start by taking Electrolytes,

Why? What are electrolytes?

Electrolytes are minerals that carry an electric charge when they are dissolved in a liquid such as blood. The blood electrolytes—sodium, potassium, chloride, and bicarbonate—help regulate nerve and muscle function and maintain acid-base balance and water balance.

Or,

Electrolytes are ionic minerals which mean that they are minerals that have a positive or negative electrical charge the three main electrolyte minerals are sodium potassium and chloride. Many mineral nutrients essential to a healthy diet — including calcium, phosphorus, and magnesium — form compounds that dissolve into charged particles. But nutritionists generally use the term electrolyte to describe sodium, potassium, and chloride.

The most familiar electrolyte is the one found on every dinner table — plain old table salt.