Weight loss for me has always been very difficult and gaining very easy. I used to be a size 18, but am down to about
6-8 (6 during flares, 8 between) for the last 4 years. I started with the help of my hubby. He actually introduced me to the eliptical and I loved it, bought one in 2003 and have used it 4 times a week since.
Started out slowly, cut back on junk food, but did not deprive myself, then it just like a punishment and it should be a lifestyle change.
I gain weight between my flares and am able to take the weight off so easily when I flare because I can't eat anything except fresh fruit and veggies and really have no appetite, so having UC has helped keep the weight off.
To control my weight between flares (which I am not very successful at, lol) I exercise vigorously 4 times a week, walk 40 mins daily, and have cut out greasy foods and don't eat junk, or sweets. I am also very tired, but force myself to keep on this schedule. It was very important to find an exercise that I enjoyed doing, and at a time that was most convenient to me (right after work, before supper). I would never be motivated to go to the gym unless somebody pushed me, besides, I need a toilet really close by because when I work out I need to go... especally when I am flaring. I use a quality eliptical in my basement watching TV.
One thing that help me stay movtivated is Dr Phil's saying " the hour is going to pass whether you are sitting in front of the TV or working out..."
I would never be able to loose weight by diet alone. You are right, it feels good to not have excess weight and be in shape.
In another forum I frequent, they have a weight loss challenge between some members. It is very successful and motivating.
Dx: UC Proctitis 2006
None so far. Garlic works to ease flares. My GI laughed when I told him and said it was just coincidence.
Started Meds: Apr 9 08 500mg 5ASA (salofalk) to ease flare, tapering, stopped.
Diet: Regular fresh garlic, Biobest yogurt daily, Omega 3 supplements, very limited junk food, carbs and processed food, low fat diet. Lots of fresh fruit and veggies (limited potatoes).
Added: tumeric and probiotics.