• Lose weight?

    Asked by Jalemans on Saturday, July 12, 2014

    Lose weight?

    i am just full of chatter today, aren't ? I was going thru the papers from the hospital from Tuesday & see the gave me some stuff about managing my weight... Hmm... OK, I am not as skinny as I once was, but I am not obese! I haven't had much activity for the past 6-8 months (first injured my spine in car accident & then the cancer). If I were healthy I would say I should lose 20 pounds & build some muscle. However, I was a bit surprised to see this. Maybe they give it to everyone?

    Anyway, I already made plans to start walking with my friend every day. I am wondering if anyone tried any dieting while on chemo. It just seems weird to think about with food & sore mouth already at issue. I will probably lose weight without trying as most carbs taste bad.

    Any thoughts?

    16 Answers from the Community

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    • Jalemans' Avatar
      Jalemans

      I will ask NP on Wed. Just wondering about others' experiences.

      over 4 years ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar
      GregP_WN

      Glad to see you're full of chatter today! That just means your mind is working good and you feel like talking. That's a good thing! I had the opposite problem on all 3 dx's I had, I lost weight, even with me eating everything I could stand to eat, lots of ice cream, and anything else, I still lost 45 to 50 # each time. I just now hit my weight I was at prior to my last dx 5.5 years ago. NOW, I have to watch my weight. It's not easy after eating whatever I wanted for the last 5 years. Good luck with it, the walking will help for sure, and it's not too hard.

      over 4 years ago
    • Carool's Avatar
      Carool

      I, too, gained about 20 pounds during chemo for breast cancer, and I have never shed them. And, tell me, WHO, in middle age (or older, as I am), is as skinny as when younger??? Show me that woman, and I will hate her! Okay, some friends have retained their youthful shape, often through hard work. Good luck walking it off, Pam, weather permitting. Best, Carool

      over 4 years ago
    • Cheryl2's Avatar
      Cheryl2

      I gained after my surgery (no chemo or radiation). I've found it much harder to take it off than before surgery. When asked, surgeon said it just gets harder as we get older. I think it must have to do with hormone changes after surgery.

      over 4 years ago
    • barryboomer's Avatar
      barryboomer

      Getting down to your natural weight is ALWAYS a good Healthy Idea.
      Too much weight is hard on the heart and vascular system.

      over 4 years ago
    • Ejourneys' Avatar
      Ejourneys

      I changed my eating and exercise habits in 2012 and lost 50+ lbs. in 15 months (about 0.75 pound/week), post-menopausal and 3 months before my dx. Have now maintained my goal weight for over half a year. Chemo gives me a temporary weight blip (8.5-lb overnight gain this session!) that falls back off within a week (have dropped more than half of that over the second night). For the most part, I eat the same foods on chemo as I had eaten before, including fresh organic produce, but the bottom line is that I give my body what it asks for and I don't worry about weight. So far, blips aside, my weight has held pretty stable. I also exercise every day except for infusion days.

      I use MyFitnessPal.com, which is a great site for logging/tracking food and exercise and is also a social networking site. I also submit my food, exercise, and weight log as part of my weekly side effects report to my medical team. What helped me the most was finding ways to eat and exercise that are sustainable: not a "diet" but a lifestyle change. I had been a lifelong yo-yo, so I wanted especially to break that cycle. The endorphins I get from exercise are definitely helping me through treatment.

      over 4 years ago
    • BoiseB's Avatar
      BoiseB

      I too had some weird weight problems after diagnosis and back injury. The week before I went to hospital I had neither slept nor eaten due to stress therefore I had lost about 10lbs. During the lengthy hospital (I was dealing with a lung full of plaster, back injury and two cancers) I lost even more. So when I saw the oncologists the said malnutrition and called the nutritionist. Who immediately recommended a high protein high calorie diet. I followed it for a while until I realized that I was gaining too fast. I did slow down and concentrated on balance. Then the back injury flared up and the spine specialist prescribed Lyrica. I gained 10lbs in 2 weeks. What is more, my cholesterol shot up exponentially So not I am trying to get my cholesterol down and loose weight through diet and exercise

      over 4 years ago
    • Judt1940's Avatar
      Judt1940

      I think you will lose weight without trying. My problem is just the opposite. If I had another round of chemo I don't have it to lose. I've never been a naturally thin person but now people refer to me as thin and it strikes me as odd. You may need this additional weight to see you through.

      over 4 years ago
    • SueRae1's Avatar
      SueRae1

      I was on Weight Watchers before my Diagnose 5 years ago, and continue following the point system through out my treatment. I did not lose any weight the first 15 months or so, on the plus side, I didn't gain any either. I did start to lose weight very slowly after that. I felt that watching what I ate, and cleaning up my foods, I am eating way less processed foods these days, I also stayed as physically active as I could under the circumstances. The worst was gaining 10 lb in 2 weeks while on Prednsione, it took 3 months after I stopped to take those 10 lbs off.

      Since I stopped treatment at the end of Sept the weight is coming off, I truly believe watching what I ate and staying active was one of the many tools in my treatment plan that help keep me sane and help me beat my cancers.

      over 4 years ago
    • cam32505's Avatar
      cam32505

      I lost 30 lbs during treatment for uterine cancer. Then, I had thyroid cancer. That has been a roller coaster, as you can imagine, trying to get the thyroid dosage right. I have been fluctuating up and down 15 lbs during treatment, testing for that. But, I'm surprised I didn't lose more weight, as I couldn't eat anything for 7 months. 30 lbs isn't much to lose for that long of a period of not being able to eat or drink much. Well, I guess that's just my metabolism.

      over 4 years ago
    • Jalemans' Avatar
      Jalemans

      Cam, they noticed suspicious nodules on my thyroid also. I was like, "what are the odds that this could be another cancer"? Doctor is doing some kind of blood test when they draw blood for my next chemo & said I should get an ultra sound. I was thinking of ignoring this while I fight the leiomyosarcoma. Wow...

      over 4 years ago
    • SueRae1's Avatar
      SueRae1

      Jalemans - hugs, healing vibes and prayers. I hope this turns out to be a scare and nothing more. I hope you do not become another member of the multiple cancer club -

      over 4 years ago
    • Ejourneys' Avatar
      Ejourneys

      Jalemans, I am keeping my fingers crossed here, too.

      over 4 years ago
    • Carool's Avatar
      Carool

      Jalemans, fingers crossed here, too.

      over 4 years ago
    • KLC's Avatar
      KLC

      Keep the faith Jalemans. . .add me to the finger crossing crew. Wishing you a good outcome

      over 4 years ago
    • geekling's Avatar
      geekling

      I'm someone Carool hates without good reason. The docs were so busy remarking about how good I looked that they were unable to concentrate on the little tumor I was pointing to and asking them to remove. I heard "Don't worry." "Its nothing." "We don't remove those sort of growths any more." "Just a wart or hemorrhoid; no need to remove." for THIRTEEN fricking years.

      The Universe decided to keep me on earth and had me to break my big toe in a freakish accident. At first I thought I'd been saved from a horrific elevator accident at a (slum) building where I managed some properties. I knew better than to use that elevator but who knows what a lazy moment might have brought.

      But I couldn't walk or work and my Mom was suffering from dementia and at a bed ridden stage. Without going into detail, I felt very sorry for myself and my only comfort became 2 quarts of Stonybrook Farm Double Dutch Chocolate organic ice cream, each and every day for the months until I could walk again.

      65 pounds gained and six months later, the "Don't worry" little desert flower had mushroomed into something big and uncomfortable and suddenly removable. I dropped 15 pounds of weight immediately after the surgery. Then I tracked down the surgeon to learn that the mushroom thing they called "Its nothing" was a squamous cell carcinoma which still had roots in my body.

      Yadda yadda yadda.

      Diet and exercise does work. Walking is a great start as long as you are able to do enough of it and do it for long enough at a time that you actually engage your muscles and are able to clear your mind of chatter by keeping your body busy. Take your time and work up to an hour just about every day. When I was recovering from doctor traumas I met women who worked out every day despite being hooked up to chemotherapy boxes. I thought they were brave or insensitive but they have been chemofied while I'd been radiation burned for the most part.

      The drugs WILL put weight onto you. Your body is being poisoned in the hope that the cancer expires before you and your body has no idea what to do with the garbage it is being fed. If it can't push the drug out, it stores it as fat/cellulite. A nice thing cancer can do for survivors is to force them to re access their lives and the junk and crapola which they have been putting into their bodies.

      Spend time preparing and eating but keep yourself away from the boxes and packages which nearly ALL have GMO ingredients, invert sugars, chemicals, and things which literally turn into insecticides in your system. The imitation sugars (diet this or diet that) can actually cause a reaction in your body turning into formaldehyde which has no place inside of you until you get embalmed.

      Over 32 developed nations have banded together to refuse to accept US beef, flour, corn, soy, and rice because, in large part, of the GMO factor. European studies find that glysophate (Round Up) produces tumors. If you can start eating real food again, the weight will drop off as you move.

      Stay away from blends of olive oil (the blends are mysteries), from soy, from corn, from 'oses', from 'ulins', from 'lycols', natural flavorings, and invert sugars. If you do not know what it is, do not eat it. If it comes in a can, it contains zero nutrition and is only filler because canning sterilizes food (as does pasteurizing) which destroys the nutrition while leaving the bulk.

      Buy a juicing book. Buy a food prep book. check out my books:

      http://www.etsy.com/shop/rawmaven

      and learn or relearn how to care for yourself. Do not buy squash unless it is organic. Same story with beets and corn. This is life so you can regain your health and retain what you will have gained.

      Best wishes.

      over 4 years ago

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