Post # 1
How do you do it?
I am currently on Weight Watchers and have had success with Weight Watchers in the past, but exercise has ALWAYS been a part of my weight loss plan.
I want to lose 15-20lbs before my wedding in September and a good chunk of that before I start dress fittings in June.
However, I cannot exercise. I have 2 protruding discs in my back and have been told by my doctor and physical therapist that I cannot do any cardio or gym exercises (besides my PT) for the next month to month and a half (so basically not until the end of May).
Since I want to lose a big chunk of weight by then, anyone have any advice? I’m following the WW plan, but part of what I want to do while losing weight is also tighten everything up. I’m talking long walks but that is about as much exercise as I’m currently allowed to do.
Ideas/advice for me?
Post # 3
walks are a great form of excersise. Just try and do some uphill walking slowly. Try to walk every day for 7 days a week if you can, and try to eat only healthy foods.l No processed. Also try to eat foods that are lower in carbs. This should help. Are you allowed to do yoga? try to do some yoga excersises as well, it helps the alignment in your body, and your metabolism actually increases. That’s all I can offer really. I also heard that those PGX pills help quite a bit, but they are a bit pricey.
Post # 4
keep on the weight watchers and while you are walking engage your core as much as you can. and could you use light arm weights?
Post # 5
@Cash000: I asked about yoga and my therapist said not yet. My back is still too inflamed and weak (bending hurts). Basically at the time of my injury I could barely walk and was losing feeling in my legs, so they are taking things very slowly so as not to further injure the discs.
@cyndistar3: I will ask tomorrow about doing arm weights as long as I am seated and supporting my back. That’s a good idea. I am doing a lot of core work as that is what most of my PT exercises are.
Post # 6
My SO lost 70 or so pounds, and only did a minimal amount of exercise during maybe the first month. He did South Beach. He’s kept the weight off for almost two years. I think most weight loss is diet, although some people say they respond really well to exercise.
EDIT- For some reason it didn’t register that you were doing WW. I’ve heard good things about them, but I literally don’t know anyone who has tried (and followed) South Beach that didn’t have amazing results. Do you think you could do those stationary punches like on the Jilliam Michael’s DVDs? You just squat down and punch across your chest. There’s no impact and it gets your heart rate up for sure.
Post # 7
i think you are good with weight watchers as long as you adhere to it religiously. I have lost 12.6 pounds in 5 weeks (yay) and while that has included quite a few gym sessions, I am working out the same (or even less) than I was before I started WW.
As long as your diet is strict, and you are getting your walks in, i think you will be fine!
Post # 8
@EleanorRigby: I have a slow metabolism and cardio has really been the only thing that helps to boost it.
I have never successfully lost weight without doing cardio 3-5 days a week, so I’m worried this period of inactivity is going to result in me ballooning and I REALLY don’t want that to happen.
Post # 9
They (being researchers) say that weight loss is 80% diet, or something like that. So you should still be able to lose weight, even if you can’t engage in cardio/vigorous exercise. Just really watch what you eat and make sure you’re watching your portion sizes. Since you’re not exercising, you should also need to take in fewer calories, so keep track of that as well.
Post # 10
@hilsy85: I guess that’s true. I’m just so used to weight loss being a combo of diet and exercise.
At least I can be thankful that I live in NYC and walking is already a big part of my day. Maybe I’ll try to get off the subway a stop earlier or so and since it’s staying light later go on longer walks on the East River. I just wish it would warm up already.
Post # 11
@KatNYC2011: ME TOO!!! I can’t tell you how sick I am of this weather 🙁
Post # 12
@hilsy85: It’s making me depressed. Thankfully I’m headed to NC this weekend and it’s going to be 80 degrees. I am in desperate need of warmth and sunshine!
Post # 13
Are you allowed to swim? It’s awesome excercise but at the same time is very low impact. When I broke my ankle it was how I managed to keep fit!
Post # 14
do you have an iphone? you can download apps that let you track your calories…
Or do this.
Take your weight x 11
times that number by 7
take that number and subtract 3500
divide by 7
the final number is how many calories you can eat in a day in order to lose 1 lb a week.you can cut 3500 to 1750 if you want to lose weight slower.
you body needs to burn 3500 calories a week to lose 1lb. since you can’t excercise, you just cut this from your meals and you’re guaranteed to lose weight. i actually lose 2lbs a week with this method since your body naturally burns calories anyway. Now if I work out during the week, I lose 3lbs.i usually do this around march and october to get rid of weight gain from summer and the holidays.
i don’t really count fresh fruit or veggies as any calories because those end up being 0 by the time you consume it from all the chewing. so eat as much of those as you can! always eat breakfast to speed up your metabolism for the day. eat high fiber stuff to make you poop! lol this actually speeds up your metabolism. i eat special k every day for this.
the way you make food matters. for example, a boiled egg vs scrambled egg. the boiled egg is going to have less calories than scrambled… now a poached egg has even fewer calories than a boiled egg. peeling an orange to eat vs slicing it to eat matters too… but again i just count fruits and veggies as 0.
drink your 8 glasses of water a day… but make it ice cold! your body needs to warm that water up. 8 glasses of cold water a day is 70 calories burnt… just for drinking water. lol
hope this helps. 🙂
Post # 15
@spoonoutmyheart: Thanks for all that. I already use weight watchers and count points, for some reason I’ve always liked that more than purely counting calories.
I’m trying to eat more fruit and veggies and I’m trying to eat a serving of fruit or veggies by themselves right before meals to help me eat less at meals.
I do always eat breakfast and I try to make sure it contains protein to jump start my metabolism in the morning.
I’m trying to get more raw high fiber veggies in my diet too (lots of salads and carrot/celery sticks).
Water is no problem for me. I usually drink 54-90oz a day always ice cold.
My biggest challenge is that when I don’t exercise I FEEL unhealthy and tend to turn to unhealthy foods. When I’m exercising I feel good about myself and I want the healthier foods.
I have to figure out how to feel good about myself even though I’m not exercising so that I’m in the healthy mindset.
Post # 16
I didn’t read the other posts so I dont know if this was mentioned, but what about swimming or walking? Both are pretty low impact and combined with WW should help you reach your weight loss goals