Success Stories ~ Low Energy

Anemia and Low Energy

Anemia is the common term given to a collection of over 400 individual disorders. These medical conditions are usually characterized by a decrease in the number of a patient’s red blood cells or a below average amount of hemoglobin in the blood. In some disorders, the problem is not the amount of hemoglobin in the blood, but rather the way it performs. As hemoglobin is responsible for transferring oxygen from the lungs to the other organs and tissues of the body, a decrease in amount or effectiveness can have a very strong reaction.

The most common symptom experienced by a person with an anemic disorder is low energy. This can be manifested as simply feeling weak or tired, but can also apply to a lack of mental concentration. In some anemia disorders, the reaction is to constantly be out of breath, thus adding to the feeling that the person has less energy. Some physical signs that a person may have anemia include jaundice of the skin, pale skin, angina, or leg ulcers. A person that has any of these signs and has noticed a lack of energy may wish to contact a local doctor to be tested for anemia.

In cases where a patient will require medical treatment for low energy due to anemia, there are two main options. Vitamin and mineral supplements may be able to correct the problem, with special attention paid to the iron mineral and vitamin C. However, severe cases may require that the patient have a blood transfusion to correct the lack of adequate hemoglobin. This is largely considered to be a last resort and is only used in critically ill patients or those who have suffered a large loss of blood. This is often due to an accident and the modern advances in transfusion technology have reduced the number of deaths due to anemia.

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"Thanks for giving me my former life back"

We just heard this from one of our readers:

I cannot thank you enough for making your research available through your book. In 2001 at 35, my young executive husband suffered a dvt [deep venous thrombosis] aboard a transatlantic flight. The clot lodged in the brain causing a major stroke. I had always kept my weight to around 121 on my 5'5" frame. Due to the anxiety of being having a totally disabled husband and a 3 year old son and 6 year old daughter, my doctor prescribed Zoloft. At first it worked great; I even lost weight, but then my weight slowly begin to creep up. I was running 20 miles a week and still gaining. I weaned myself off the Zoloft, but I could not be the wife and mother that I needed to be. My doctor decided that Effexor was the best drug for me since it dealt directly with anxiety and decreased weight in some people. My weight still began to creep up. 5 years post stroke, I weighed 142. The only time that my weight dropped significantly was when my husband was in the hospital for 3 weeks. I dropped to 132, but the weight returned more rapidly than before. I tried everything. I joined weight watchers online and I have a whole collection of diet books including Dr. Oz's best seller.

Then on fateful day through Google I found reviews of your book. I ordered the book, but began the serotonin surge before my book arrived. Seven days later, I am down over 4 lbs. I feel fabulous. My energy is through the roof. All the things that I had procrastinated doing are being done, and I sleep like a baby. Before I would awake and not be able to return to sleep causing tiredness through the day. I haven't woken up once during the night this week. My husband is on Celexa and I am looking forward to him beginning (he is on a trip w/ his parents). He has sleep problems that have been attributed to an infarct to his brain stem. His stroke affected his cerebellum and brain stem I am hopefully that he will benefit as well. Thanks again for giving me my former life back. I no longer live to eat. I haven't had chocolate in a week which is a record for me. I see my doctor in September, and I will have your book in hand to share with her. I love you guys; you gave me my old life back!

- MB, Saint Mary's, GA

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The pounds are coming off

Hi Nina,

Things are going really well [on The Serotonin Power Diet]. I tried everything you...said to try and the pounds are coming off. It seemed to have jump started my weight loss. I actually enjoy eating my protein earlier in the day. I feel like I have more energy. I tried playing tennis this weekend also, which was a lot of fun and didn't seem like exercise. I've really been feeling great this past week. thank you for all your help!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Wendy

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Finally a diet that works for medication-induced weight gain!

From one of our readers:

In 1998 I weighed 135 pounds, and struggled with anxiety and bipolar disorder. 2 doctors and several medications later, I am now symptom free, but found my weight often flucuating to as high as 225 - not good for a woman 5'6". The medications that have changed my life for the better, have wrecked my self image. I have tried everything - The Zone, Atkins, Weight Watchers (I gained every week at the meeting), Jenny Craig, 3 personal trainers, 2 nutritionists, and a hospital that told me that because of the medications I take there was nothing they could do for me. My last nutritionist was kind enough to tell me that I needed to eat Slim-Fast 2x a day, and a small dinner for the rest of my life, and work out 60 minutes a day at a minimum. She also indicated that I might be able to take off 15-20 pounds, but probably not all of the weight.

I don't know if my situation is familiar to anyone out there, but I wanted to post to let you know that for the first time I have NO carb cravings. That has been my biggest problem. That and the fact that I am so tired from the medications that I just find it hard to get motivated to workout.

I bought this book thinking that it wouldn't work - nothing ever has. Then I read the study online, and I figured, "what do I have to lose?" Apparently 4 pounds the first week, and 3 pounds the second week on the diet. I have also dropped my calories to 1400 a day (from about 2500), and am now working out 30 minutes a day because I finally have the energy! I was hungry the first 4 days, and now I find myself realizing that I forgot to eat.

The premise is simple: 3 meals and 2-3 snacks. Snacks are all carbs to release serotonin, which helps make you feel full so you aren't as hungry when meal time comes. Breakfast is protein & carbs (1 egg and 2 pieces of toast), lunch is protein and vegetables (chefs salad), and dinner is carbs and vegetables (baked potato or rice or pasta with a salad or raw or cooked veggies). Snack can be lowfat cereal, crackers, biscotti - tons of options. Everything is broken down into easy to reference charts with measurements. No calorie counting is really required. Honestly, it was so easy I thought I was missing something. Plenty of recipes come in the book, but you can also adapt your own.

So far I'm down 15 pounds. I just want to say that after 6 years of being VERY overweight, the Serotonin Power Diet is the only thing that has given me any hope of losing the weight once and for all.

If you are suffering from medication-induced weight gain, I recommend giving the Serotonin Power Diet a try.

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Dieting used to be hell

I was on low-carb diet for all of three days when I felt I was spiraling into total meltdown. As my mood plummeted, my carb cravings reached an all-time high and I obsessed about anything made with flour. I was such a bitch my co-workers suggested that I relocate to the space station—permanently. By day four, the diet plan was in the trash and I was digging into a pot of pasta. Since I went on The Serotonin Power Diet, I still eat protein, of course, but mainly at breakfast and lunch. By snacking on crackers, cereal, or even some marshmallows when I really have a sweet tooth and filling up on a satisfying portion of pasta or potatoes for dinner has made me sane again…and I’ve kept 20 pounds off!

- Ellen, Framingham, MA.

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I cannot get over how energetic and high spirited I feel

I know I am eating fewer calories, but I am very satisfied and have not had any cravings, which is remarkable for me since I usually have PMS cravings and binges this week, and my six-year-old came home with so much Valentine's candy it seemed liked Halloween, I haven't wanted or thought about it. I will keep you posted on my progress, thanks much for your interest.

Janet (Atlanta, GA)

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I lost 5 lbs the first week of the program

This is the first time I have ever lost while on medication! What a relief, it is possible and I feel great, not hungry, not missing anything. I felt a little out of sorts Friday and Sat, but much better today. Happy on Serotonin,

Janet

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Just an update, today I started week 4 and have a total loss of 8 lbs

This is awesome for me. The chapter in the book on intensifying your workout was a big stimulus for me this past week, and I have cranked up my strength training too. My clothes are looser and my arms look much leaner and fit. This plan is a wonder for me, thanks much.

Janet

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Lighter AND less emotional overeating

From one of our readers:

Hi, I'm 22 and suffer depression. I've been taking a low dosage
of antidepressants, but even that low dosage has caused me to stack on the
weight. I've been on the diet for two and a half weeks, and i've lost two
kilos already :-) I've also just broken up with my boyfriend of 2 years and
i think this diet is really helping me to control my emotional eating
during this stressfull time.

I just wanted to say thank you for your work on this wonderful diet!

- S.