Anybody out there know how to keep the weight off?
I saw your question and sat there staring at the reply box until my screen saver kicked in. Problematic question for me. At least for myself I am pretty sure I know how to keep the weight off during ADT but my diet is hard to reconcile with the general dietary advice for your dad that you will get from all the knowledgeable guys on the forum. To put that point more clearly, if you took the general consensus from this forum as to what constitutes a prostate cancer-healthy diet and willfully did the opposite you would come pretty close to my diet at least in terms of its macronuitrient composition. It keeps me thin, even on ADT. Two weeks ago I returned from a Hawaiian cruise on which I got off my diet and gained six pounds. Since I got back I have been pretty good about
my diet and I have re-lost five of the six. So I can lose weight on ADT. But most people here will tell you that my diet is unhealthy. (I mean that literally. They'll be along in a few minutes to tell you that my diet is mad.) I suspect that there are aspects to nutrition and prostate cancer that are not altogether clear and that I may turn out to be less mad than they think, but they have research and I am my own single datapoint. So, if that is sufficient warning, here is ...
I try to limit my carbohydrates to fifty grams a day or less. If I am over my weight target I shoot for twenty grams (but probably wind up eating thirty or forty.) My diet is high in fat. If my chicken is baked I eat the skin. If it is fried I will pull off most of the breading and grieve for the lost chicken skin. I eat quite a bit of red meat and lots of eggs (especially for breakfast). I try to limit my fruit consumption to berries (except for strawberries) and melons (except for watermelon) and I limit the amounts. I eat a big salad with every meal and slather it with high-fat dressings (that tend to be low in carbs) Caesar is good as is ranch and bleu cheese. (I avoid "Light" dressings that replace fats with carbohydrates). If I have it available I will add a dollop of olive oil to my salad (in addition to the dressing) to add a bit more healthy monosaturated fat. I try to eat oily fish a couple of times a week and I supplement with fish oil. I avoid starchy vegetables (potatoes, etc.) and don't eat bread or rice with my meal. I don't drink sweetened drinks. I allow myself red wine and dry whites. I drink half an ounce of good scotch every night before bed.
I found this diet (more or less) in Gary Taubes' book "Why we Get Fat: And What to Do about
It." I started shortly after I was diagnosed with PC because I was quite overweight and was told by my doctors that my surgery would go better if I could lose it. At diagnosis I weighed 280. At surgery I weighed 235. I am 225 now (down from 230 after the cruise).
As for exercise, you could think about
getting him a membership at a gym that has a mostly female clientele. The machines would be set appropriately for a man his age, the ladies would fuss over him and keep him motivated, and the men's locker room is never crowded.