1. Mark

    Very informative post. Interesting how depression affects the body and in different ways.

    • Depression is a serious issue on it own, let alone if the person suffering from it is also overweight. You can only imagine the weight of the problem. The good thing is, it can be treated, with the sick person playing a critical role.

  2. Joe

    Another very well written article. Very comprehensive.
    Depression has not been a problem for me, normally it i hypertension problems. Even at my age I get anxious about not getting everything done, thus causing stress.
    I’ve book marked your site for easy reference connection back to it.
    After my surgeries, I need to learn How to Build my body again. Need the stamina so I can continue to get everything done I want.

  3. mingyao

    Hi Nnambi this is a great post and informative! depression not only cause weight gain but it can also cause other disease. Its important to overcome it in life as it got alot of side effect! Nice job thank for bringng the awareness!

    • Yes Mingyao, depression is one illness that has lots of other serious negative effects to the human well being.

  4. Debra

    I am glad you pointed out that eating more or less can contribute to weight gain whether you are depressed or not. Sometimes the medication you are taking is also a contributing factor to weight gain. This doesn’t just mean antidepressants, but also other medications. I think your readers should know this.

    Nicely written article.

    • Thank you Debra for that little contribution and I believe they will know about that part that I left out. Thanks very much for dropping by.

  5. Hi Nmandi,

    I experienced a short phase of depression in my late 20’s and although I wasn’t really gaining weight, I wasn’t sleeping very well and my skin developed a lot of allergies. By chance, I discovered a Yoga place nearby my house and decided to give it a try.

    It’s been 4 years now, I am healthy physically as I am mentally and I am still doing Yoga. I was determined not to let depression get to me. There’s more to live than sulking and I want to live mine to the fullest 🙂

    • Hello Cathy, depression can only start manifesting it side effect of weight gain or weight loss when you are depressed for a significant period of time. However, I must say, you might have taken care of it right on time before it started rearing up it ugly symptoms, by engaging in yoga. Just continue that way and make it part of your lifestyle and you will always be happy with your self.

      And I couldn’t agree with you more, there is more to life than to start sulking about the things you couldn’t get right.

  6. Jake Roden

    good post Nnamdi! let me add that for losing fat, you need to eat at a deficit, but for gaining muscle, you need to eat at a surplus.you can do both at the same time contrary to popular belief. But your body doesn’t really need that much extra calorie to build muscle. It is about 100 calories at most. For gaining muscle and losing fat, you really just need to eat at your maintenance or maybe 100 calorie above your maintenance and make sure you are taking in enough protein. Of course you need to lift very heavy in the gym (go to failure in every set), then you will definitely see muscle gain and fat loss. It will be slower than if you are at a 500 calorie surplus, but when you gain muscle fast, you might gain a bit of fat nothing to worry about though. You need to also get into a routine I can’t stress this enough! be consistent!
    Hopefully this helps!

  7. Fisher

    The relationship between depression and weight gain/loss is a classic example of how people’s mental state can affect their physical condition. You’ve explored this topic so thoroughly Nnamdi, I would love to share this article on my social media pages.

    • Thank you Fisher, I am so glad that you found this post very useful. Please, do visit again.

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