Does CPAP use cause weight loss?
By November 18, 2009 at 11:44 am 6,016 7 1
In a nutshell, NO, CPAP use does not cause weight loss. What it does do, once one successfully uses CPAP all night, every night, is it provides a return of energy and you are more active. Increased activity burns calories and you will probably enjoy weight loss. Renewed energy will also give you the stamina and fortitude to eat properly and thus lose weight. When you feel better, motivation returns!
Many of us gained weight before apnea diagnosis because we became sleep deprived and less active. When the body is sleep deprived, it craves energy any way it can get it…sugar, carbohydrates, caffeine and nicotine…thus the weight gain.
Apnea and weight gain becomes a vicious cycle…the apnea causes sleepiness which promotes weight gain, the more weight we gain the worse the apnea gets, the worse the apnea gets the more weight we gain! YUK!
So, if you have started CPAP and are finding renewed energy, it would be a great time to start a plan of action to take off some weight. You still have to eat properly and exercise, but I think you will find the weight will come off easier now that your apnea is treated!