Ariel Winter Says She Lost Weight Because She Changed Antidepressants

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Changing to a new antidepressant caused Ariel Winter to lose weight, the “Modern Family” actress said.

It was several things Winter touched on Tuesday during an Instagram Stories question-and-answer session.

“The change in medication instantly made me drop all of the weight I couldn’t lose before by just giving me back a metabolism,” Winter wrote in response to a submitted question. “That was very unexpected.”

Levi Meaden, Ariel Winter
Levi Meaden and Ariel Winter attend the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric Aids Foundation’s 30th Anniversary, A Time For Heroes Family Festival at Smashbox Studios in Culver City, Calif., on Oct. 28, 2018. (Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

Winter, 21, said she had been on antidepressants for years and had learned to accept the weight gain that was a side effect of the medication. But she grew tired of the “eh” feeling associated with the drug, which she didn’t name, so she started the search for something new.

“So I started the process again and was able to find a great combination of medication that works for me,” she wrote.

Winter also answered questions about her mental health, saying that she was “doing pretty good” and that seeing a therapist was nothing to be ashamed of.

“I’m hoping the discussions will keep us progressing in the right direction with mental health check-ups,” she said.

Overall, Winter sounded pleased with how things turned out after switching medications, but there is one thing she misses.

“While I feel better mentally with the change, and it’s nice to work out and have your body actually respond, but I want to gain a few pounds of muscle and get healthier,” she wrote.

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