WEIGHT GAIN/HOW TO LOSE WEIGHT?

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Trsora1
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   Posted 1/17/2008 10:33 AM (GMT -7)   
Okay never expierenced this before even with being on predisone. Have been on and off for a good year as high as 80mg of steriods usually would lose weight.  How do i lose weight?  Sucks because i cant have no fruits or veggies, doing the whole eating 6 small meals a day.  I have been feeling better so i have been exercising and stuff 5-6 days a week.  So not sure if im building muscle but i seriously need to lose like 15 pounds. Feels like things were flat before now seeing some bulges of skin like things around the middle area are moving around, not sure if it is water weight.  I m currently on 6mg of sol medrol, humira injections, pentasa.  I am feeling so much better not eating like crazy or anything.  Drinking alot more than normal but i feel so much better than this time last year for sure!  Im on such a low taper of that steriod that wont be till about march or april till im off for good?  Any suggestions or ideas?  Any sort of diet tips?  I eat a high protein, low fat diet! THANKS

stkitt
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   Posted 1/17/2008 1:08 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi there, I think you are doing it all right, but it takes patients.  Your eating well and your exercising.  Try to increase your activity and rotate your exercise regime.  Don't just walk, or just do weights but balance your program.

15 lbs does not sound like much but sometimes the less pounds you are trying to lose the tougher the going.  Keep on with what your doing. :)


 
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Skjura
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   Posted 1/17/2008 4:57 PM (GMT -7)   
1. Avoid procecced food to get in control what you eat, a lot of high carbs often in processed food
2. Use healthy oil when cooking
3. Avoid processed and red meat, use poultry, fish.
4. Avoid too much salt
5. Don't use sugar.
6. Use a vegetable juicer to make your own raw veggie juices that when mixed will come out without fibers
but with all nutrients kept.
7. Drink a lot of water
8. Always make your meals containing 50 % vegetables and 50 % fish or poultry and rice. Oil on top.
9. Avoid milk products. Use sugar free natural yogurts. Mix in frozen berries, ripe bananas
10.Organ meats are high in the worst kind of fat. If there's any single group of foods that clearly belongs in
the don't category, it's beef, lamb, and pork organ meats.
12.Avoid processed meat as: bologna, salami, frankfurters, sausages- excessive in saturated fats, full of
nitrates, preservatives, spices and salts. They cause flare-ups, they favor inflammation and are not good
for your heart and arteries.
13. Avoid fried meat. Causes serious problems.
14. If you can't have salads, avoid the bad guys and chose the ones that you can have. Make small pieces
15. If you can't have fruits, use the fruit juicer or blender to avoid fibers but keep vitamines and antioxydants
16. If you can't have vegetables, don't eat them raw, but cook them to death. Or use a vegetable juicer.

Exercise:
1. Variate your exercise during the week. If you do some jogging one day or two, do some building some
days a week. Never the same each day. It will make you stay on the same weight.

Eat 6 - 7 small meals every day.
Those meals should always contain a good and balanced mix of: low carbs, proteins (more) and fat (oils).
Yogurt always together with nuts. Fruits always together with unsalted nuts (macadam nuts is a good fat source). Protein + low carbs + healthy fats.

Good luck
from Ingrid


 
Diagnosed CD June 2007. Have only used prednisone. Did make a difference while max dosed. Got my problems back when tapering.
 
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CrazyHarry
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   Posted 1/17/2008 7:48 PM (GMT -7)   
the FASTEST way to lose weight is to go on a form of atkins. basically you eliminate all sugar and grains. carbs are only from vegetables, yet starchy carbs like potatoes and corn are not allowed. you also have a daily carb ceiling. use net carbs instead of total carbs though. the lack of grains/sugars into your diet induces a state called ketosis which makes your body burn fat. your blood sugars will also rebalance (a good thing) but it will make you feel very tired and maybe a little sick at first as your body adjusts. atkins put a carb ceiling at like 15 or 20 grams/day. that is extreme imho. i'd put it at like 80 grams/day. that opens up your diet to much more foods, like fruit, which contain a lot of nutrients (yes sugar too in the form of fructose, but at least it is natural sugar). go on line and get a carb counter (atkins website has one). this way you know how many carbs per a specified serving are in everything you eat. you will need to keep a food journal while doing this. you will also need to be honest to yourself too and not cheat or it wont work. how much weight you want to lose will depend on how long you do this. i wouldnt recommend vigorous exercise while doing this. exercise makes you hungry and you wont be able to eat carbs which your body wants. do a lot of walking for exercise. oh yeah, but not eat sugars/grains fat becomes your energy source. that is why on atkins you can eat a lot of fat. but you want to GOOD fat. that means avocado, nuts (sparingly cos they have a lot carbs too), cold water fish (salmon), coconut oil, dairy, etc. eat lean meat too. and plenty of vegetables. leafy greens have virtually zero carbs. but the problem here is that vegetables will be the bulk of your foods you eat, and alas with crohns most of us cannot tolerate them.

i highly recommend though that before you do something like this you educate yourself on this more and probably a good idea to consult a dietician or nutritionist about doing something like this. they can help you make a plan of attack.

i was able to lose weight this way, with a carb ceiling of 80 g/d, wiithout exercising. it was great.

note: individual results may vary.


if you dont do a modified atkins, like i suggested above, then what skjura said below is some good advice. i'd add avoid high glycemic foods like the plague. you can find out easily enough what they are on the web, but for starters they include white rice, white bread, potatoes, corn, sugar, anything made from white flour, pasta, etc
Crazy Harry

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Crohn's since 1993 (17 yrs old then)
surgery in July '05 - removal of 2 inches at ileum and 8 inches of sigmoid colon (had fistula into bladder)
Nov '05 developed colonic inertia; July '06 told i needed ostomy surgery
began maker's diet in August '06 - now feeling the best ever with no symptoms of colonic inertia and i kept my colon
med free as of 10/31/07


gumby44
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   Posted 1/17/2008 8:24 PM (GMT -7)   
I don't know what to say about the diet stuff, because I'm completely baffled by all of the conflicting advice. But I would like to say that as I've watched myself gain and lose weight and change body shape, I've decided that feeling well is the most important thing. I suggest that you work toward finding a diet and exercise regimin that make you feel as well as possible, and don't worry about how you look. Life is too short...let Hollywood worry about it. Steroids do funky things to your body, but when you need them, then you do. For me, I've thrown out the scale...it has never helped me. Just my two cents:)
49 yr. old female, diagnosed with Crohn's in small intestine and terminal ileum Sept-Oct. 2007
currently taking Pentasa 2750 mg- 9pills/day and on and off Prednisone for flares


Trsora1
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   Posted 1/23/2008 12:09 PM (GMT -7)   
yeah i know but easier said than done when your size 4's are getting snug.

gumby44
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   Posted 1/23/2008 12:18 PM (GMT -7)   
If you are only a size 4, then why are you worried about losing weight???
49 yr. old female, diagnosed with Crohn's in small intestine and terminal ileum Sept-Oct. 2007
currently taking Pentasa 2750 mg- 9pills/day and on and off Prednisone for flares


Trsora1
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   Posted 1/23/2008 12:21 PM (GMT -7)   
well i was 123 now up to about 139! The only time in my life i was 123. Never thought with diet and exercise i could ever get there. Im dieting and exercising and gaining weight. Just sucks that my dream of still fitting in size four is fading away quickly.

gumby44
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   Posted 1/23/2008 3:37 PM (GMT -7)   
Maybe you are not supposed to weigh 123!!!! Please go by how you feel healthiest and not arbitrary numbers on the scale. It's hard enough to deal with the Crohn's.
49 yr. old female, diagnosed with Crohn's in small intestine and terminal ileum Sept-Oct. 2007
currently taking Pentasa 2750 mg- 9pills/day and on and off Prednisone for flares


stkitt
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   Posted 1/23/2008 4:40 PM (GMT -7)   

I was born bigger then a size 4...............You must be tall too. I agree with  monitor how you feel and healthy eating habits as posted by others.

I am 5'4" and weighed 127 which was a size 10 for me.  I thought I was perfect, but alas I could not maintain that weight without nearly starving.  I am worried you are going to much by image versus healthy.  Just be careful, please.  My 2 cents for what it is worth :) 


 
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Trsora1
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   Posted 1/23/2008 5:42 PM (GMT -7)   
no i am 5'4" and was 123 now moving to 139 at dr. office wasnt starving at all. I love to eat  just tons of diaherra, hospital stays and my hair started to fall out due to not absoring nothing.  Going from trying to eat bland food to being in the hospital straight on a liquid diet for a week i guess that will do that to you 5 times in one year.  Im just saying right now i feel great!! Medications are working. Best i have ever felt.  Just wish the size 4 would stay with feeling so good.  But we cant have the whole package i guess.  hard not being able to eat fruits and vegtables (love minestrone soup) and trying to keep steady weight is really hard.  One that i want to maintain.      
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