Unfortunatley, the only way to loose weight is the old fashion way...watch what you eat and exercise!!! I had a proctocolectomy in February and didn't start working out until May. I started out walking to build up my stamina and then added in some light weights. I don't do many abdominal exercises, a few crunches once in a while. Basically, enjoy feeling better and when you are ready start walking and gradually increase from there...
BTW, what does your doc say about the hernia? Has he/she given the okay to exercise?
Try drinking more water. Your hunger pains and shakiness can be signs of dehydration. You might try adding an electrolyte to your water. Vitalyte is a good option. You can read about it at www.vitalyte.com
Just because you lost your colon DOES NOT MEAN YOU WILL LOSE WEIGHT!!! Remember, the colon is only an organ to hold waste. Even though your frequency is higher it does not mean that you will lose weight. This is a common misconception about colectomies.
To lose weight you need to decrease calories and increase exercise. A sound way to do this is by following weight watchers. You can do that diet online and never go to a meeting. There is no secret. Exercise is needed to kick up the metabolism. Choose from healthy low calorie snacks and don't make excuses. I have lost 25lbs this way. It can work and safely at 1-2lbs per week.
At this point you should be able to exercise in the form of walking. My surgeon had us walking one mile before we were allowed to leave the hospital! It was marked in the halls. I credit my recovery to my surgeon's belief that exercise is vital for recovery.
Well this is finally an area where I may qualify to give advise. I have taght aerobics for over 20 years and been a personal trainer...that si until April of this year when I started having MS symptoms. I tire easy now, so I have to watch my pace.
I think alot of it has to do with the TYPE of calories you consume. I had cancer 3 years ago and it was recommeded to me to go on the BLOOD TYPE DIETby the head of hematology who recommeded it. I give it high regards. I do not have have a weight problem, never have. Before my cancer, I was extremly active with aerobics and weight lifting ( I am 50 years old-2 kids).Now, I do not lift at all, I just eat like the above diet mentioned and do my daily chores. We have horses, so that amounts to about an hour or so a day of stall cleaning, haha.
I also frequently walk ( fast pace off and on) 3 to 4 times a week and take my pups with me.
Diets are diets. They all claim to be the best, but in the long run ( from a trainers point of view) they do not last. Once you go off of them, you regain the weight and add some. The best advise I have is the above mentioned ( blood type) and stick with it. It is not meant to be a 6 or 8 week plan...it is a lifetime plan. Thats where I feel people get mixed up. You cannot expect to lose weight on ANY diet for a specific amount of time and return to how you ate before. The Blood type diet, is a way of life...everyday...forever. Hope this is helpful. Blessings~Katie