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Dieting while on lithium

manicmonday

manicmonday

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Has anyone got any tips for losing weight while on lithium?

I read that you shouldn't go on a crash diet, which I presume is due to the reduced salt content. I'm looking to use meal replacement shakes and was thinking of taking electrolite drinks alongside to keep my salts up. Anyone tried that?
 
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Now thinking of switching the electrolyte drinks for a spoonful of soy sauce to increase the amount of salt...
 
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Not tried either diet. But I do know that changing the amount of caffine you drink effects lithium absorbtion. Also stay clear of alcohol and grapefruit for the same reasons.

Never heard about salt effecting lithium absorbtion.
 
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Never been on lithium, but I can understand that loosing weight on psychiatric drugs is a challenge. If you can afford it, get your psychiatrist to refer you to a specialist dietician who has experience. If not, do plenty of your own research before starting any crazy diets and always keep your doctor informed about what you are doing.
 
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