Chubby fibro sufferer needs weight loss help!!

posted 8 months ago in Fitness
Post # 2
224 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

So I’m a fibro sufferer as well, but I’ll be honest, after I built up to working out regularly, it actually helps. I’d start smaller – walks, biking, easy running, yoga, pilates, barre, etc. and build up to HIIT and more intense workouts. You probably won’t lose much initially, but most weight loss is achieved through diet anyway. I run most days and weightlight a few times a week, but adding in regular yoga and extra stretching has helped keep my fibro under control. 

I am 5’3” – I was always 110-115 in high school/college, slowly gained a little with fibro and some other issues and eventually got to 135, but I’m back down to 115-120. I also have to keep my calories on the lower side, even with working out, but it’s very doable.

Post # 3
737 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

I was an aerialist prior to being diagnosed with fibro. Because I primarily taught and performed, and I have good weeks and bad weeks, I’m not reliable enough to teach or book events any more. (If I can’t demo and can’t catch people, I can’t run a lesson. And there’s no point if I have to keep cancelling/lose strength and flexibility). The bit you said about lifting the pans could have been written by me, and I have previously thrown my body around in the air for long periods of time!

I need to get back into fitness. I found yoga was great for me, I could dial up or down the intensity of the classes based on how I was feeling, but my preferred studio closed recently. I need to find an alternative. I tried barre, but it wasn’t right for me. Is there places you can try things out? There’s a dance studio near my work that has barre, Pilates, ballet, ballroom etc so lots of options in an easy location. 

I’m mostly hoping this thread will help inspire me too. But I believe you can do it! It’s about building it up slowly and finding something you love.

Post # 4
2069 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2019

Have you tried keto? I always ate healthy, but I still had a ton of fat. I switched to keto and lost it all! I also felt great for the first time in a LONG time! It would be something to switch up your diet, you can easily do a gluten and dairy free version of it, and a lot of people have had a lot of success! Just something to try! 

Post # 6
2497 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

alpaca :  I’m almost the exact size as you and I know the frustration of not feeling comfortable in your body, but also looking like you’re within a “normal” weight range. It’s just awkward and annoying. A couple of tips on working out:

– Since your legs are unsteady, running may not be the best cardio option for you; try riding a bike instead. A stationary bike in the gym or garage would be a great option. Its cardio in a controlled, safe setting, and you can stop at any time if you feel weak or faint (and you’re 10 steps from your couch).

– Yoga is also great because you can customize your workout based on how you feel that day. I’ve been practicing for years and there are some nights where I stick to the most basic variation of every pose and focus on my breath. 

– If you are uncomfortable around weights, try resistance bands to build up a bit of muscle. Again, this allows you to customize the level of intensity by the minute/rep. HIIT is very intense and does take time to build up to. I do it at home, in our garage gym, with my husband’s supervision. I don’t like strangers watching me when I work out, especially when I’m new at something. 

Post # 8
100 posts
Blushing bee

I don’t have fibro but I wanted to chime in to say swimming is a great idea. It can be a really great full body workout, but still low impact on joints. It’s also super easy to do intervals of hard and easy intensities. You can also add resistance with flippers and hand paddles, and the latter will definitely help with arm strength and definition! Just be sure that when using equipment that your strokes are correct so that you don’t risk injury. 

Post # 9
484 posts
Helper bee

The only thing that ever worked for me was portion control, portion control, portion control.  Then I added push-ups, squats and crunches, working my way up for 1 per day to 25 per day.  Occasional elliptical for cardio health (but doesn’t really help with weight loss).

Post # 10
67 posts
Worker bee

At the end of the day, (with a few exceptions) weight loss comes down to calories you put in to your body vs calories burned. So theoretically, even without exercising (I have some friends who are fibro sufferers and I know it’s challenging to keep up with) most people can lose weight purely by eating at a calorie deficit.

At your current height/weight/age, if you were sedentary, your BMR (Basic Metabolic Rate) would be approximately 1400 calories per day. Of course, even people with sedentary jobs/lifestyles tend to burn another 200 calories throughout the day, putting you at approximately 1600 for the day. Any exercise you do on top of that will add calories to your total daily energy expenditure. (There are “TDEE” calculators out there to help you estimate how many calories your body burns throughout the day.) 

There are approximately 3500 calories in 1 lb. So, let’s say your TDEE is 1700 per day (underestimating, since it seems you are exercising regularly), and you eat 1200 calories per day, you should lose 1 lb per week.

Now, if you run your numbers and are eating at a calorie deficit, but the weight isn’t moving, one of two things is happening:

1. You have miscalculated something. Either you are overestimating your exercise, or underestimating/mis-measuring your food (which is a super easy/common mistake).

2.Something more sinister is going on, like a medical problem. 

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