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Tater
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   Posted 11/20/2007 3:07 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey All. (Avid reader, rare poster)
I've put on a LOT of weight after losing a LOT when flaring with Crohn's when I was originally diagnosed. I really want to lose weight but find it difficult due to the kinds of foods that I can tolerate.  People eat salad and we all know that's a bad idea.  The things I can tolerate are the things people on diets avoid (i.e. bread, pasta, cheese). My GI told me not to lift weights which is what I enjoy.  I thought about Lap-Band but read on the website that it's not for people with Crohn's.  Has anyone mentioned this to their GI or known anyone diagnosed with Crohn's who has had gastric bypass or LapBand?  I'm going to the GI next month but don't even want to mention it if it's not a possibility.  Thanks!!!

Dx April 2004 - currently take Pentasa, 6mp, and Remicade
 
 


kim123
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   Posted 11/20/2007 4:48 PM (GMT -7)   
How much extra weight are we talking about here? Can you eat cooked/raw veggies, berries, green apples, and any meat/fish/poultry? I think if you start eliminating the processed foods and refined/processed sugars/grains you will start to see results. It's not the "fat" that makes one fat, but the sugar and high carbs. When you say you can tolerate pasta, bread and pizza, what does that actually mean? Does that mean you don't have IBD symptoms now? The LapBand seems pretty "last resort" to me.

Malibu05
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   Posted 11/20/2007 5:27 PM (GMT -7)   
I gained some weight while on steriods after I had lost a lot during a flare. I'm currently trying to lose it. I've cut out all softdrinks. I drink Crystal Light, it's pretty good and sugar free : ) Also lots of water. I'm also walking 2 miles a day and it seems to be slowly helping!

pb4
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   Posted 11/20/2007 5:54 PM (GMT -7)   
I lift weights (even while flaring) and importantly I do ALOT of cardio, there's high to low impact cardio you can do...the ONLY healthy way to lose any weight is buy eating proper foods (avoiding processed and fast-foods which IBDers should avoid regardless) and exercising regularly, you can even do low impact weight training...why your GI said not to do any is beyond me, exercising regularly benefits bowel disease and over-all health.

And drink alot of fluids to help curb your appetite (healthy fluids, not pop, coffee and sugary juices).

:)


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kim123
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   Posted 11/20/2007 7:11 PM (GMT -7)   
Watch that stuff with the artificial sweeteners. I didn't realize how much it bothered me until after I gave them up, and I used to tolerate them all, at one time. May affect you more than you realize.

wednesday77
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   Posted 11/20/2007 8:14 PM (GMT -7)   
Artificial sweetners really bother me too when I am having problems, once I stopped having them I noticed a big difference.

Smrtgrl96x
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   Posted 11/20/2007 8:37 PM (GMT -7)   
I absolutely will not use artificial sweeteners. I do understand your issues with food. I'm a vegetarian who's not supposed to eat fresh veggies...so I eat bread, pasta and rice a lot. I try so hard to eat healthy, but it just doesn't work that way. I've found that eating those frozen "Smart Ones" are pretty decent. Also, I drink a "Mega Ultra" multivitamin shake.
Hope this helps,
C

justjenjen
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   Posted 11/21/2007 7:51 AM (GMT -7)   
Can I ask you a question?---Why does your doc not want you to lift weights?

Sway_79
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   Posted 11/21/2007 9:26 AM (GMT -7)   
Tater,

Are you a "power lifter" when it comes to weights? I have heard of GI's telling "power lifters" (or people who like to constantly "max out" on the weight they lift every time) not to lift weights for fear of strains, etc. However, if you are just a regular weight lifter, I wouldn't see the problem. I lift weights myself. I just have to be careful when I do leg presses on the sled, etc. to ensure that I am in proper form.

Most GI's are not going to recommend any sort of bariatric procedure for weight loss since you have Crohn's. The risk is just too high. I have heard of some patients going on the various weight loss pills on the markets. The hardest thing for most CD patients is that our bodies are "starving" for nutrients, so the body & metabolism go into survival mode, making it harder for us to lose weight. Please make sure that you are getting all the essential nutrients that your body needs - which might mean you will need to see a nutritionist.

I agree with the others regarding artificial sweetners. Most of them (esp in diet pop) make my stomach hurt for days. I have started using Splenda, and with its different formulation, I seem to tolerate it much better.

MMMNAVY
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   Posted 11/21/2007 10:09 AM (GMT -7)   
I can't even take splenda it is still a sugar alcohol.
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pb4
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   Posted 11/21/2007 11:53 AM (GMT -7)   
Actually only those ending with "tol" are sugar alcohols, splenda is sucralose...regular sugar (sucrose) bonded to chlorine.

:)
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Sway_79
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   Posted 11/21/2007 12:46 PM (GMT -7)   
Mmmm....chlorine!!! :-)

Sherbear41466
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   Posted 11/21/2007 1:59 PM (GMT -7)   
I know what your going through!  I was on pred for almost a year, and gained quite a bit of weight after losing quite a bit after a flare.  Here's a suggestion, weight watchers.  about a month ago, I couldn't stand it anymore.  This is the most I've weighed, 205 lbs.  I tried a no carb diet, and after a couple of days of diarrhea, decided that I didn't want to risk being in remission.  I got a copy of the diet, and how many points the foods have in them.  (I still struggle with some foods even in remission)  I have lost 16 lbs. so far, and no diarrhea.  I still have quite a ways to go, but am excited at 16 lbs!  Fortunately, now I can eat salads, but if you can't there are other veggies I'm sure you can eat.  For example, green beans I still can't tolerate, but if they are french style, they don't bother me.  I tried a raw carrot a couple of weeks ago, found out I'm just not ready for it yet.  But I can eat steamed carrots.  Baked fries rather than deep fried, etc...  I used to feel so bloated after I ate, but I don't have that feeling anymore.  Good luck, I hope this helps!  Also, instead of artificial sweeteners, you can have sugar, you just have to count the points.



 ~Sherry


there's Hope
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   Posted 11/21/2007 2:58 PM (GMT -7)   
I am a vegetarian also so I can't do the weight loss plans. I gained 80 pounds with the pred and to lose it I work out A LOT and do a ton of cardio and lifting lighter weights with more reps. Drink tons of water and try to eat foods that are low in sugar (which can bother us - high fructose corn syrup is a no-no!) and watch your calorie intake. The most important thing is to stay motivated and not give up! It takes a while, I have only lost 15 pounds so far but I went from a 22w to a 14/16 and am still in the fight to fit into all my tiny size 7 clothes! Just don't give up, it takes time to lose weight and keep it off. Find something to keep it interesting, explore yoga if you can. Best of luck!
26 year old female. Dx with UC in June 2003. Flare up in June 2006 led to CD dx.
Current Meds: Remicade, Asacol, Bentyl, Phenergan, Reglan, Ultram, Celexa and Seaonale, Fish Oil, Lacto and a Multi Vitamin

"There's Hope. It doesn't cost a thing to smile; You don't have to pay to laugh; You better thank God for that!"


Sherbear41466
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   Posted 11/21/2007 7:36 PM (GMT -7)   
I agree with Hope, Yoga is an absolute wonderful thing! I took a Yoga class for beginners a couple of years ago. Unfortunately, my work schedule doesn't permit me to go to the class anymore, but I have Yoga CD's and still do it at home. I talked my daughter into taking it at college. She loves it. You will be suprised at how much it can help strengthen muscles. I didn't realize just how much upper body strength I had lost until I tried a couple of poses!
 ~Sherry


Trsora1
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   Posted 11/26/2007 10:48 AM (GMT -7)   
i do lots of cardio4-6 days and lift light weights 2-3 days a weeks. Try cutting your portion size in half. Eat 5-6 small meals a day. I know it seems like all you do it eat every 3 hours but try that. I too can not eat healthy stuff like veg/fruits. Ensure drinks, jello, egg beaters with ham, toast 35 calories slice bread, chicken, lots of protein, baked potato. My doctor said to take it easy on drinking because i will put on alot of water weight even though the foods i eat are fat free or low fat the weight comes from water as well as lifting muscle weighs more than fat. Wish i could eat salads, and minestrone soup and etc..

heatmiser
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   Posted 11/26/2007 8:01 PM (GMT -7)   
I have a lot of trouble dieting. Used to think I had terrible willpower. But both times that I have tried to do the low-carb thing, I've noticed that I get my cravings under control and I don't even miss the sweets. I did the south beach diet once for a couple of months but quit when I thought I was flaring up. I thought maybe it was too many salads. Then at the end of September I started the maker's diet. I had to shorten the low-carb phase because I got to feeling so bad from the die-off reaction (which actually helped with the weight loss). By the time I added the grains back in I was really able to say no to the things I shouldn't eat. It is amazing. So something about quitting grains and sugars for awhile seems to work for me. I've lost about 15 pounds and I'm not feeling hungry or deprived. I modify the diet so that it is reasonable for my life but mainly I avoid refined flours and sugars. I find I can tolerate sprouted grain bread, brown rice and eat potatoes when I feel I need low fiber. For sweeteners I use honey or look for evaporated cane juice in products like cereal or granola bars. I avoid raw produce usually except for peeled apples. Thanksgiving and a trip out of town have left me not feeling my best because I allowed more of my "forbidden foods" than usual. But it makes me feel like I'm on the right track with my food choices these days. I'm definitely making healthier choices and hope the weight will slowly come off now. I did not attempt to start this diet until I felt I had things under control as far as my cd symptoms go. I'm still trying to figure out how much fiber I can get away with.

thenay
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   Posted 11/26/2007 11:02 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey tater, did you gain weight by taking prednisone? I gained 20 pounds in 1.5 months of taking 40mg, i've been tapering the last 4 weeks, I hope the weight gain slows down. I never weighed 135lbs ever in my life and I know it's a healthy weight at 5'7 but I feel big, all the weight went to my stomach area and back. I'm glad you asked this question on how to loose it. It seems like it's going to be a pain.

Water is one solution for sure, avoid pop, coffee, sugar juices for sure!
I hate eating 6 small meals a day b/c I feel like i'm eating all the time but it does help the cravings if you still get them (I never had them til I started pred) Bananas, Apples (peeled helps if the skin bothers your stomach), and stuff like that will help.
 
Also I lift weights (not heavy ones, 10lbs) and do 25 reps per arm a day, not a lot but I've noticed my muscles get bigger in the arms.. lol.. I also try to walk a mile or two a day when possible (It's started to snow here, so it's not easy, I got a treadmill tho)

Best of luck to you and anyone else dealing with weight gain from pred or another way they got it! :)


Male DX with CD May 2006 @ age 22, Colonoscopy and SBT
Taking Prednisone 17.5mg (tapering), Imuran 75mg (eventually 150mg I was told), Atenolol 25mg for fast heartbeat (thanks Pred!)

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