Post # 1
I need your help & advice!
I have something called Reactive Airway Disorder ( a lung issue), and spent two nights in the hospital right before Christmas after what was basically an asthma attack. I’m almost fully better, BUT:
I was advised by the doctor NOT to exercise or strain my body at all for the next month. My wedding is in May, and this really throws off my plan to lose weight!
Do you have any diet advice beside the obvious (drink only water, increase fruit and vegetable intake) to help me lose weight while I’m unable to work out?
Post # 3
I’m so sorry to hear about this!
Two ideas. If you are serious about some major weight loss in such a short period (15 lbs I would say), try going vegan and raw whenever possible. It is really hard to over eat on a day when you commit to a vegan and mostly raw diet. It isn’t easy, but it is a healthy way to shed pounds.
Are you allowed to lift weights? If you are, adding muscle increases fat loss. More developed muscles require more calories. It was also give you a toned look. May be a no go, but worth asking. You could ask if you could follow a high repetition, low weight routine, or follow the kind of routine a woman in late pregnancy would follow.
Post # 4
Actually 80% of the population respond with a greater weight loss with a change of diet as opposed to exercise.
So you are really not at that much of a disadvantage – I highly recommend counting your calories or joining a plan where you count calories/points. Usually a decrease in calorie consumption via regulated eating and portion control will result in adequate weight loss (2lbs a week)!
Post # 5
- Wedding: May 2010 - Philippe Park
Calculate your BMR. It’ll tell you exactly how many calories you burn based on your height, weight, and activity level. Choose sedentary, since you can’t work out and see what it says. Eat less than they number it gives you and you’ll lose weight, eat more and you’ll gain it. Simple as that.
Post # 6
I have a tweak to what monitajb said. I read somewhere (I think maybe it was a NY Times reporter) about someone losing a ton of weight by going on a 2/3 vegan diet. He ate only vegan food at all times, except during dinner. That way, he still got to eat the foods that he loved (at dinner) while staying really healthy by going vegan the rest of the time. Maybe something like that would work for you? Oh… and good luck recovering from (or managing, if it’s chronic) your lung disorder. It doesn’t sound fun.
Post # 7
I ate higher protein, lower carb when I couldn’t exercise and definitely lost weight (shoulder and knee injuries prevented me from working out).
Post # 8
To burn the calories you eat in one M&M, the average healthy person has to walk one length of a football field! I learned that in my current job working with people who have to lose weight because of chronic conditions and other things. So of course you can lose weight by just adjusting your diet. Its all about calories in vs calories burned. So if you limit yourself to a 1200 cal diet you’ll be losing weight. I’ve lost 30lbs simply by eating healthier and counting calories. I’ve tried to get exercise into my routine, but it just isnt happening and I dont have a good reason why.
Post # 9
I agree with rainbow. The best way is also the simplest way. Just count your calories! I also have found that not going overboard with simple carbs and avoiding carbonated beverages helps to lose the belly bloat.
Post # 10
It’s actually ridiculously easy. If you can’t work out, reduce your calorie intake to 1200 calories. Depending on how much weight you need to lose, you will lose anywhere from .5 – 4 pounds per week. It’s as simple as that!
Try http://www.myfooddiary.com – they track EVERYTHING – you can input any type of food and how much and it calculates the calories.
Post # 11
@ Mrs. Louboutin- Thanks for the website, I am definitely going to use it!
Post # 12
As cliche as it is, more veggies, changing to complex carbs, whole grains, etc. really really helps. And eating smaller meals spread throughout the day, like every 3 hours eat a snack, then a meal, then a snack, then a meal. With lots of water. Teas are good, especially if you don’t add anything extra like sugar. I dropped at least 6 lbs. just from changing my eating habits.
Post # 13
I agree with rainbow. Calculate your BMR to determine the amount of calories to maintain your weight. If you want to lose a pound a week, you need to eat 500 less calories a day. Just don’t go below around 1200 calories a day.
It might be different for you because you aren’t exercising, but I couldn’t go below 1400 in a day without being completely starving. Just try reducing it a little at a time to see what works for you.
Keep a food diary of everything that you eat and the portions. Most people lose a lot more weight from diet only because they cannot exercise enough to burn that many calories in a day.
Post # 14
You can lose weight with a change of diet alone- two examples: my friend went vegan 2 years ago and has since lost 90lb. Many years ago (well, six) i lost 85lb just changing my diet (and gained it all back over the years. 🙁 ) My mistake was not sticking to my changes over time.
Post # 15
Thank you ladies! This is all so helpful.
Post # 16
Oh no, i’ms orry to hear this! When i started seeing a nutritionist, he told me “you get fat by eating bad, you can lose fat just by eating better” which made me feel a lot better about not being able to work out after i had surgery. He put me on complex carbs with protein and a fruit or veggie at breakfast and lunch, a protein snack at 330pm (yogurt or edamame) and a protein+veggie dinner. All fresh, as much as possible. And 8-10 glasses of water a day
Don’t worry, you can do it! You just don’t have a lot of wiggle-room, food wise, but you can totally do it. Can you go for walks maybe? those aren’t strenuous but woudl still maek you feel like you’re doing something.