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Question about Weight gain when quitting meth?


Shadow
Irish

 
Question about Weight gain when quitting meth?

I have a question since my wife states that she has stopped which I know is not correct. My question is is she was roughly 135 to 145 now she is probably 100 or less, after you stop do you generally gain weight back or would it be normal to stay thin? Thanks in advance for any input.

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kell

 
Re: Question about Weight gain when quitting meth?

Most everyone I know gains the weight back and then some.

Shadow
Irish

 
Re: Question about Weight gain when quitting meth?

Guess I should have been more specific about how long does it usually take very new to this.

kell

 
Re: Question about Weight gain when quitting meth?

It can happen fairly quickly. The first three weeks I was off meth all I did eat and sleep and boy did I eat.

XOutlaw
Woman

 
Re: Question about Weight gain when quitting meth?

I gained weight rapidly after being off meth. I packed 50 pounds on in six months. It's like this, the meth causes you to have decreased appetite. The decreased appetite causes you to lose weight. This non-eating pattern sends signals to the control center in your brain. Pretty soon, your brain is expecting the periods of starvation. hence, the body begins to store fat and burn off muscle tissue for energy. When you quit and go back to a regular diet and a regular eating pattern, the brain is still thinking the body is getting ready to be starved again and therefore it stores all the fat it can. I do not know how long it takes the brain to "re-set" itself and realize that food is incoming on a regular basis again. I am ready for my mind to kick back in gear.

k8

 
Re: Question about Weight gain when quitting meth?

When my "Ratbag" came home he was so emaciated and starved that his body had even eaten away at all his muscle tissue trying to nourish itself. He described himself as 'a skin-wrapped skeleton' and that was so true. It was part of his self esteem issues that he was so skinny.

When he got clean he ate and ate...huge meals, snacks, candy...and drank lots of water. He marked his improvement by jumping on the scales and shouting out with joy every time he'd gained another kilo.

In six months he's gained over ten kilos and he's really happy about that. So am I. It is just wonderful to see him with a butt, healthy muscled arms and flesh I can massage with my fingers. He now walks tall with his shoulders held back and we laugh because his 'pot' has started popping the button on his pants.

A woman might not feel the same way about this weight gain however and it may be a reason she tells herself she can't afford to quit.

You can help her a lot with that, ShadowIrish. You can let her know you don't find the emaciated supermodel look at all attractive or a turn on. And if she comes home and gains weight, you can tell her how much you love those womanly curves and that's how a real woman is supposed to look...not like some sick scarecrow.

If it's not entirely true that you find curves a turn-on, then think of it this way... Every pound your wife puts on will be an indicator of her health and wellbeing growing out in her body. It shows she's 'grazing in a good paddock'. You've gotta love that!

When I hug Ratbag now, he feels just so much more 'substantial'. It's not just the physical bulk of him either, there's simply more 'substance' to him. More aliveness, more spirit, more essence of "Ratbag" coming out of him. When he first came home, despite the tough boy mask, when I hugged him he felt like a tiny broken bird - body and spirit.

Every day I say a prayer of thanks that his body and soul have been returned to him....and to me.

Wiht love and still sending you prayers and best wishes,

Penelope

 
Re: Question about Weight gain when quitting meth?

I put on 50 pounds within 3 months, just like that. I was never one of those rail thin types, even though I used pretty much daily and in pretty lare amounts. My body is so good at keeping weight on it that when I quit, the weight literally started going up within days of quitting.

I have been very uncomfortable with it in the not so distant past. Right now, I am in a period of acceptance - either accept the weight and myself how I am, or do something about it.

Right now I am in the "Acceptance" phase.

Just Ol
Ma
 
Re: Question about Weight gain when quitting meth?

LOL, Irish, I am not laughing at anything about your post,it is a serious question...but I did get a chuckle out of Pen's acceptance phase...

What happened Pen? No more walking? LOL! New program, saw it on TV late last night, dance it all away and do yoga and ballet all at the same time...What I want to know is how come they always show those skinny kids as examples?

Penelope

 
Re: Question about Weight gain when quitting meth?

Y'know, ma, I typically will work a schedule like this:

Day shift
Day shift
Day shift
3-11
3-11
one day off
day shift
day shift
3-11
3PM - 3AM
3-11
3-11
2 days off
and so on. I get 2 days off in a row every 2 weeks. Add to that house, kids, hubby, NA, KCI (LOL) and errand crap.

Guess who's pretty pooped a lot of the time.

Someday I may get motivated. Today, I got home an hour ago, and I am cooking a fat tri-tip and looking forward to watching a movie!

Spase
monky
 
Re: Question about Weight gain when quitting meth?

Okay. I know I'm a weird case.... but when I was on meth I gained weight, not much, but some. I've always been very thin... I have a ridiculous metabolism. When I got of meth it took me a long time to gain any weight... and even now the only weight I gain is from hard work I gain muscle mass.... went from a life of leasure to digging ditches :P

What I would look for more if I were you is how much she's eating. Some people dont gain weight the same but when we quit, we all eat the same. Everyone I know *eats* and most people will doze off or take naps for awhile after quitting. I found I could spend days awake after about three days of solid sleep but still Id sleep 12-16 hours a night and somtimes take naps and that lasted for weeks.

So is she eating alot? is she sleeping alot? but then like they say, "If you know shes using, she probably is" people close to us are usualy pretty sharp in that department.

Shadow
Irish

 
Re: Question about Weight gain when quitting meth?

She looked so much healthier and more appealing to me when she was 135 Pounds, now it feels like I am holding someone else and not the woman that I married ( I guess I am in a way). Everyone thought she always looked better the way she was before almost Marylyn Monroe type figure now she looks like Kate Moss just skin and bones no muscle tone or anything. She always worked out before she started and now she doesnt do anything at all. I was just kind of curious I know in my mind she hasnt stopped as she says she has but I wanted to get some answers because she says she stopped over a month ago and there has been no increase or decrase in her size just the same skin and bones that is unfamiliar to me. Plus with things that I have found make it harder to believe her also. She says she wants to go away to be with her nephew in Virginia and I try and tell her I'm here to help her all she has to do is come to me that running away is not the answer because the problems will be worse when she returns if she returns is this wrong in telling her this?

syndra
love

 
Re: Question about Weight gain when quitting meth?

Like others have said, it comes back. I have gotten back 5 pounds in a week since I got clean. But also, didn't you say...

Quote:


my wife states that she has stopped which I know is not correct.


Make sence?

Shadow
Irish

 
Re: Question about Weight gain when quitting meth?

yeah I know it just really still hurts and kills me to talk about this it hass been along time and there's still so much confusion in my heart and mind,well I'm getting off for tonight my little 4 year old girl wants me to have a tea party with her and I wouldnt miss that for the world thanks everyone.

choose
freedom

 
Re: Question about Weight gain when quitting meth?

It took me awhile to gain weight. After a year clean, I gained 10-15 pounds. Over the next two years, I made some unhealthy choices (food addiction) and I have gained another 45 pounds.

Right now, I am with Penelope. I'm in the acceptance phase.

The promise is freedom.

Christina1
 
Re: Question about Weight gain when quitting meth?

My husband is a long time addict. For a long time I assumed weight gain was a indication of clean or dirty based on what I heard and read. Only to find out recently from both reading and observing this is not always the case. The only time he lost weight is when there was no one to support him and he had to make the choice between buying food or buying Meth. As long as someone flips the food bill he will eat and be using. He is now Fat and Using... But then his sister is paying the food bill while he pays his Meth Bill.


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