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First of all, do you have a healthy balance between protien(meats, nuts, eggs etc.), good fats, fruits and veges and carbs. My thoughts are that carbs, even healthy whole grains, constitute way too high a percentage of the calories we eat and are a big impediment to weight loss.
Second, exercise/activity... Do you have opportunities to exercise? It sounds like you are on the road a lot, which can make working out a real challenge
Third, maybe there is a medical issue such as a thyroid problem that is impacting your ability to lose the weight.
Hopefully someone who has dealt with this can offer more insight.
I am hoping my weight gain issues have been fixed now that I have started Remicade Infusions for my Crohn's. I can now eat food for a change. Not sure how long this is going to last so I am enjoying it while I can....
Keep a close eye on your intake. I was using www.myfitnesspal.com to learn calorie counts for gaining but most use it for loss. Can't hurt and it's a free site.
I was down 50 lbs. with colon cancer, then intestinal blockages that reduced me to eating only blenderized chicken noodle soup. After giving me some temporary bypasses my surgeon said to eat as much as I liked, desserts and calories no object, in order to get myself ready for the next massive surgery. Well, I took his advice and unfortunately never let go of that diet
It's been a year and my 10 lbs of the 25 I lost has come back. It feels like more but that's what my scale says.
So now I am trying to add foods and cut back on white breads and rice. Or just stick to more protein with a little rice or bread and occassionally try really processed or cooked veggies.
I just saw a NIKE FUEL Bankd that is supposed to track activity, calories and time for runners and such. It looks like a cool black wristband and it can be programmed to goals and sync to your computer.
With the weather hopefully getting better, I think it's a great time to start walking more. I try to walk vs call coworkers during the day and that helps a bit too:)
Calories vs activity I guess.
Not eating the carbs/breads is hard especially for me, r/t my Crohns resections. Its the only food group that doesnt hurt going through.
Chin up, just keep plugging away. Remember, your body was really sick and now may be hording calories. eat 6xday with little doses of protein each time. (i.e., a snack size of canned peaches & a small yogurt). Your body will clue in eventually.
During that time I lost 10 stones and gained 11!! I, like most, find it difficult to digest high fibre and find this leads to bag malfunctions and distress. I've tried all the usual slimming club type programmes to no avail. In desperation I have found what I think may be the answer, although early days at present. The diet that, like most ostomates, suits me is low residue which is mainly white bread, rice, and easily assimilated foods. So, armed with a good calorie counting book, I have stayed with exactly what I know I can eat but simply reduced the amounts. Simples! Portion size I've learnt is the key to it all. Yes it's a bore having to weigh and measure things but no pain no gain, or in this case - no weight loss! If you can combine this with a little extra exercise and believe me when I say that I was almost phobic about avoiding exercise but I started with just 5 minutes walking away from home which meant 10 minutes a day then a gradual increase to now I walk 30 minutes out and 30 minutes back - yes one hour a day. How long has all this taken me and how much weight have I lost? One month and one stone! Not a world record I know but it's not encroaching on my life, I can still eat most of what I always have done and I'm a fine weather walker so I have missed the odd day due to rain but a weight loss is a weight loss, and I'm happy with the lifestyle change so it's not about losing weight fast so I can get back to eating all that I used to. It's about watching and being careful with amounts for LIFE! Let me know if this suggestion helps you as it has helped me as I now feel much happier about the future and more positive in myself
I was very active right up till maybe 6 months before my surgery -then i started to get very ill due to the severity of my UC so I started dropping weight. when I came home from the hospital i was close to 20 lbs below my weight i had been for over 15 yrs. Because i had been very physically active it was very easy to resume my active lifestyle once i was fully recovered from the operation and i got my appetite and strength back.
in my 10 yrs or so on various different support sites have spoken to many and encouraged them to be more active -to not let the Ostomy hold them back from leading a normal life and most of all dont let it rob you of being happy. My finding have been that a lot of people especially ones that were not actively exercising or doing anything other than their housework or job that that had to do -are afraid to do any physical exercise for fear of injury-most notably ending up with a hernia -which we all know is an injury that is very difficult to recover from. Ive had 4 surgeries so even with working out for close to 30 yrs, and even at my high level of fitness im ever so careful at the gym when core training. the only ab exercise i do is light crunches lying flat with my legs raised in an "L" position.
For the in-experienced at exercise there are several things you can do to get in better or stay in shape that are low impact and wont put you at any more of a risk to injury than picking up around the house. Walking for 30 min or more is a great start, Swimming is the best low-impact total body workout you can do. Watching what you eat alone wont make you lose weight, you have to increase you cardio level/heart rate -to increase you metabolism -to where you body is burning up more than you body is in taking. Just cause we all have a short bowel doesnt mean that you cant have a slow metabolism anymore. I used to have a fairly fast metabolism and didnt have to work that hard to maintain my weight, but when i got up to my late 40's things felt like they changed almost over night -now it gets harder and harder every yr to try to stay in shape -but that how life is -Father time is chasing us all -so thats we gotta make the best of the life each and every day
amen to that i have an iliostomy and after losing a ton of weight because i could not eat, now i have gained weight and cannot seem to lose it