(Closed) Weight loss for chronic pain sufferer. Tips?? Or bluntness??

posted 6 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
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Busy bee

I’m not trying to be mean and am only saying this because you asked: if you don’t want to be putting on weight, stop using your pain/illness as an excuse to eat junk.

It sucks that you can’t exercise properly, and from my experience it will affect your muscle tone, your strength and energy and your confidence. I hope you can get back into it eventually. 

BUT, in the meantime YOU CAN control the weight gain by controlling what you eat. 

Good luck!

Post # 4
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

Junk food is an addiction. Its not easy but give it up. Start by replacing your favorite bad foods with healthier ones, or since your cravings are so bad.. Quit sugar cold turkey and get all the shit out of your house. 

You cannot use your illness as an excuse to eat poorly, that’s an unhealthy relationship with food and you need to look at the fact that you may be eating to pacify unpleasant feelings about yourself. 

Also, for exercise…. Take the stairs. Any time you can. Its such a small sacrifice but so worth it. I’d also recommend trying yoga and or meditation. Getting your mind elsewhere may be helpful. 

Post # 5
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Helper bee

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Yipeebee:  I don’t know the nature of your illness or pain but I can say that your body needs good food when it’s going through a rough time.  It may be tempting to go for all the goodies but trust me, you are not doing yourself any favours eating junk food and carrying extra weight.  

I was born with a life long disability that can be so mentally draining and can make me very sick.  You know what I do when I’m sick?  I eat the healthiest I’ve ever ate!  Vegetables, fruit, nuts, chicken – you name it I eat it!  Because I know it’s helping my body.  Stuffing my face with junk food may make me feel good while I’m eating it, but I know long term I need to eat the foods my body needs when it’s struggling.

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

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Yipeebee:  here is my exerience: you are always hungry because the sugar and simple carbs keep the hunger going. Also, I’m sure there is a food addiction there. If it was easy to change, you would have already!

i was close to 300lbs and had been over it at one point. Chronic pain as well. Knee issues so can’t just go for a walk, can’t do exerciseso where I put pressure on my knee, all sorts of reasons why I can’t exercise. I’ve been on diets and exercise programs many times and they all worked…while I was doing them! All diets work, it’s being able to stick to them that is the problem.

finding out I will have to have knee replacements in the future really shocked me. My weight wasn’t just affecting my looks, it was causing me life long problems.

a cousin who wanted to lose 39lbs went on this low carb diet: ideal protein. And before anyone says they don’t work, they do…but it is not the way you eat for the rest of your life, it is just toreduce  weight.

i went to the info session not wanting to do it, and misunderstanding the price, I signed up. It is a very strict diet, with some prepackaged food but boy did it work! 60 lbs in 6 months, and I got up to 80 lbs off!

I was able to do it because for the most part, you are not hungry in the diet. And for the emotional eating times, they give you tips and figure out how to power through.

this might not be the right “diet” for you but you have to make the decision to stop the sugar and try different ways to help. Emotional and addictive eating is not easy to overcome, but know thAt it is possible. 

Start with not having the “bad” stuff in the house. If you need to binge on something, at least try and make it healthy. If you do want to indulge, get an appropriate serving size container…even if it costs more than the giant value pack that you know you’ll eat the entire thing of.

good luck! It’s not easy but for your own physical and emotional health, find what works for you!

 

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

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Yipeebee:  about veggies…I found that I love roasted veggies…cabbage, eggplant, zucchini, mosy of them can go in the oven and get a little brown…yum!

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

I’d echo what the others have said although I totally empathise – I have fibro and am in a similar boat, trying to eat healthily is a constant struggle. We turned to a meal delivery service which has been wonderful because it takes the exhaustion out of the meal prep and provides us with no excuses. We get it five days a week and eat with DH’s family on Sunday’s which gives us one night to be inventive – suits us just fine. Then it just comes down to willpower over snacks 😛

One thing I’d add though, its worth checking with your doctor whether any medication you are on could cause excessive hunger/weight gain. My weight was stable for few years until I was put on Lyrica and it suddenly ballooned (just before our wedding too, worst luck). Sure enough, it’s got a bad reputation for weight gain. It obviously doesn’t give you an out but it can help you rationalise things a bit! We tried lowering my dosage but the pain was too much to deal with so I just have to be extra vigilant with what I eat.  

I also see a personal trainer once a week… my capabilities aren’t much by most people’s standared but she helps me exercise safely (so I’m not in pain for the rest of the week most importantly!) and keeps me accountable to a walking schedule. It’s actually done wonders for my self esteem.  Helps to find someone flexible – it’s good not stressing about swapping to a different day if I wake up in too much pain to exercise as happens from time to time.

Post # 11
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2014

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Yipeebee:  Don’t buy it and you most likely wont drive all the way to a grocery store to get it. Find alternate snacks that are lower calorie choices. For example, if I crave something salty/crunchy like a chip, I will eat Special K popped chips instead (they’re 110 calories for 25 of them – 25 is A LOT). Also, I will buy the 100 calorie bags of cookies for if I am craving something sweet. 

Remember, junk food IS an addiction and you slowly need to wean yourself away from it or your body is going to crave it A LOT and you will fall right back into it. You can do it! 🙂 

Also – I found that what you eat is more important than exercise. I lost 20+ pounds by eating 1500 calories a day with very little exercise (other than taking the dog on walks and walking around my neighborhood). 

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

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Yipeebee:  In that case my advice would be to up your protein intake & lower your carbs. We (chronic pain sufferers I mean) generally don’t do enough exercise  to burn a lot of carbs anyway and the protein will keep you fuller for longer, hopefully (!!!) reducing your desire to snack. And try and figure out if your snacking is a bored thing, or emotional eating (me!) or just plain habitual and find something to replace the satisfaction snacking gives you. Hope this helps 🙂

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee

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Yipeebee:  FRUIT. If you crave sweets, eat an apple with some peanut butter. A banana on whole wheat toast with peanut butter (NO low fat, it has too much sugar). Start making healthy choices. Don’t ignore your body when it craves sweets or salty things. Just choose the RIGHT things.

Also, sometimes it feels like we’re hungry, but what we actually need is water.

Start off by drinking a tall glass of water when you have that craving, and if it doesn’t go away, then eat an apple.

Also, start chewing gum. Just pop a piece in to give your jaw something to do, drink some water, and see how that helps.

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