• I'm currently in remission, I was giving steroids during my chemo treatment and I have gained 30 pounds, I need Suggestions on how to lose?

    Asked by gelica84 on Wednesday, January 30, 2013

    I'm currently in remission, I was giving steroids during my chemo treatment and I have gained 30 pounds, I need Suggestions on how to lose?

    Currently taking water pills,was advised it can last in your system for at least a year, is this true?

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    • nancyjac's Avatar

      Hi Gelica. We are almost exactly in the same boat. I gained 35 pounds while I was in active treatment last year. Can't blame it all on the steroids though. Between the fatigue and the forced activity, and oh ya, I also quit smoking last year......

      Anyway, I started trying to get it back off the beginning of this month. Have lost 14 pounds so far. I know the rest of it will go slower and take longer, but at least I'm headed in the right direction now.

      Nothing you put in your mouth stays in your system for a year, usually 48 hours at most.

      over 3 years ago
    • SMT4's Avatar

      I was wondering if you spoke with your treating physician or manage care doctor. A referral to a nutristionist at the hosptial may be helpful, and they can work with you to get the right ideas of diet and possible side effects of medication that may make weightloss difficult. They can give you a plan and help you on the road.

      I also gained weight during treatment and still in treatment but I work with a nutritionist who helps me based on my lack of thyroid and regulating hormones its hard to keep the weight off so she adjusts my dietary needs based on the scale until things level off and treatment stops.This might also be a road to take for you now that you are done with treatement the dietary plan might help you feel a bit more structured in what your eating.

      This location in centeral Alabama is a comprehensive center that may be able to offer you low or no cost assistance with the meal planning.

      Cancer wellness foundation Centeral Alabama


      This site is also great for foods that help with weight management; Always check with your doctor first even if it is a well known cancer site, because medications sometimes don't mix with certain foods.

      American Institute for Cancer Research


      over 3 years ago
    • Peroll's Avatar

      Well the best way I know of to loose weight is to go on chem for colon cancer as any thing you eat tends to come out one end or the other before it can be digested. However, I really don't recomend that as it is no fun, I know from personal experience. Getting a referal to a nutritionist is a very good idea. I would also add a referal to physical therapy to help you become more active and tone up muscles that probably have suffered through treatment. Good luck

      over 3 years ago
    • RachaelC@StF's Avatar
      RachaelC@StF Community Outreach Coordinator 317-528-7794

      Hi Gelica84,
      Hopefully with all these great suggestions, you can kick that 30 lbs. If you decide to visit the nutritionist and they help you with a meal plan, there is a really easy way you keep track of what you eat online. If you have a smart phone, download the app My Fitness Pal. It's free and awesome! I use it every day to track my caloric intake, number of calories I've burned through exercise and amount of water I drink. It also breaks down the number of carbohydrates, protein and fat you should be getting, and lays it out for you in a neat graph. The most helpful thing I've found so far is that it has a barcode scanner that turns your camera into a laser, so you don't have to enter all that information yourself! If you decide to try it and have any questions, let me know.

      over 3 years ago
    • SueRae1's Avatar

      The weight gain is primarily from the steroids. I'm up about 10 lbs. Not sure how long the effect will last. Watch what you eat and keep track - try to avoid processed foods, sodium and sugar. If you can afford it join WW to help. Even though I am in treatment, I follow WW, am active on the on line site and attend meetings when I can. I find the accountability for what I eat is important, some times I am shocked at how many points (lots of calories + fat and carbs) some of my "healthy" choices are.

      There are many other Online sites you can join Spark People, skinny taste, etc.

      over 3 years ago
    • Nancebeth's Avatar

      I gained 15 pounds while on chemo as well. I lost it all but using MyFitnessPal app, watching my diet and exercising now that I have the energy to do so. I also cut out beef and pork from my diet. I am trying to lose 30 more. Good luck!

      over 3 years ago
    • HeidiJo's Avatar

      My weight went up and down, I lost 20 lbs. before and during treatment, then I gained it back and 10 more! I had been very active before cancer, and could not get back to that level of activity right away. I was used to exercising so that I could eat. So I joined Weight Watchers and lost 37 lbs.! I did Yoga all the way through my treatments and afterward. Good Luck

      over 3 years ago
    • CAS1's Avatar

      yes, steroids are a great help but can also be a very difficult with weight gain..i had lost 47 pounds during treatment and gained it all back on steroids. You need to get going on an exercise program because it has been proven to reduce cancer returning in many many cancers and it will help your body get rid of the steroid stuff in the system.. Start easy but do something everyday and eat right. Thisis a must.

      over 3 years ago
    • DaveWaz's Avatar

      Thank you for sharing your situation. Your question helped inspire a blog article we posted recently about how to lose weight that is gained due to chemo.

      Losing Weight After Chemotherapy

      Perhaps you will find it helpful. It shares insights from WhatNexters on simple things they have done to get themselves started on losing weight.

      Good luck! WhatNext is here for you,

      about 3 years ago

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