• Suggestions for Weight Loss after chemotherapy?

    Asked by Bashiemn on Thursday, July 19, 2012

    Suggestions for Weight Loss after chemotherapy?

    I have struggled with my weight my entire life, had lost a lof before I was diagnosed. During the 6 months I was going through chemotherapy I gained 40+ lbs and am very frustrated. I've been trying to do weight watchers and the weight doesn't seem to be coming off. I've also been working out. Does anyone have any suggestions for how to get the body back into calorie burning mode so I can shed this chemo weight?

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    • nancyjac's Avatar

      Your body is and always has been in calorie burning mode, even during chemo. There is nothing magical about weight loss. Use up more calories than you take in and you will lose weight. Of course there are healthy and sustainable ways of doing that and others that are not. Just be sure you are being consistent and realistic. Working out now and then or underestimating calories consumed just isn't going to work.

      I used a an online site several years ago to help with weight loss. They have some excellent tools, lot of teams and message boards, and some great articles and fitness videos. http://www.sparkpeople.com
      and it is free.

      over 4 years ago
    • Cindy's Avatar

      Keeping a journal of what foods I eat each day helps me to lose weight. You can get a personalized one on-line at the following website: http://www.choosemyplate.gov/myplate/index.aspx . I am currently using a journal that I bought at the bookstore called "The Ultimate Pocket Diet Journal" which is small enough to fit in my purse. I have lost almost 15 pounds in the past 2 months. Drinking 8 eight-ounce glasses of water per day also helps.

      over 4 years ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      I had the total opposite problem, I lost weight, almost 50# and had to try to eat things to gain weight. I was eating ice cream, chocolate milk, anything with calories and still was loosing. I guess chemo treats us all different. Good luck to you, I hope you find a solution to your problem.

      over 4 years ago
    • leepenn's Avatar

      what kind of workouts are you doing?
      increasing intensity and length a bit - without increasing food - can often push the body in the right direction.
      also, sometimes a change-up is in order. if you do the same activity, your body learns to become more efficient. so, changing it up by adding high intensity or adding a different activity can help.

      are you interested in working out with others? that can help. good workout buddies help push you... i train with buddies, and we ride much harder together than i ever ride alone....

      most importantly, find an exercise that you LOVE.... so much that you miss it when you don't get to do it (bikes for me).

      good luck - it seems a lot of people deal with this frustration - you are not alone!

      over 4 years ago
    • shineon6's Avatar

      I too was shocked to have gained 25 lbs! I had worked so hard to lose those pesky pounds. I am currently using a low carb/ low sugar fruit and greens to get me going. Following the Gary Taubes book, "why we get fat". It worked before and now that exercise is difficult for me, compared to before procedures ,am seeing some success. I am nearly off the steroids and that should help. I had truly believed I would be skin and bones when chem and radiation were over....NOT! Good luck!

      over 4 years ago
    • Ivy's Avatar

      You might refer to recent research that says all calories are not alike, and eating low-carb is better for weight loss than the older system of counting calories. Also, you might ask your doctor to check your thyroid function. Whenever I've had a problem with weight gain, my thyroid function has been lower than expected, and medication helps a great deal. Thyroid medication also helps me be less drowsy during the day and after meals, so I feel better and have much more energy. Just a suggestion--wouldn't apply to everyone.

      over 4 years ago
    • Statto's Avatar

      I too am trying to shed weight. I went to www.myfitnesspal.com and have been tracking calories. I also got back to Zumba which I find fun and love!

      FYI I met with a nutritionist too a month ago (that is a breast cancer survivor). and a couple of interesting things she told me that I'm trying different (been on weight watchers on and off for many years). Lots more milk and yogart because the chemo affects bones. Need more calcium. I have to avoid soy specifically because of my er positive chemo. Avoiding lunch meats because of nitrates. No more vitamin waters or diet soda. Just water or unsweetened tea...or coffee. And a new thing.....bought a scale and weighing everything.

      I have lost 5 lbs in 2 weeks already. Good luck!

      over 4 years ago
    • zaraide's Avatar

      I am struggling with the weight loss too. During RChop, that I finished in December 2011, I lost about 25 pounds but was overweight to begin with so to me that was a plus to lose the pounds. Unfortunately it all came back and now I am working on getting it off by diet and exercise. The chemo threw me into menopause and I have read that does not help with the weight loss. I have thought about doing Weight Watchers too but haven't decided. The only suggestions I have received for losing the weight is just eating more fruits/vegetables and exercise more. Sounds so easy but so far I have not seen the pounds drop off yet but I am not giving up. :)

      over 4 years ago
    • Bashiemn's Avatar

      Thanks for your responses. I am tracking my calories with an app called Lose It! And i started a small weight loss challenge with my best friend, with a reward at the end of 3 months for whoever loses the most % of weight.
      One thing i'm extra cautious of is NOT doing the low carb thing, while it is easier to lose weight with low carb/high protein diets, there is evidence that a high protein diet can be a factor with anaplastic large cell lymphoma, which I had AND I had been on a high protein diet for over a year before diagnosis. I just plan on sticking with the food pyramid and the food guidelines that I learned in a nutrition call that i took a while back and hopefully it will all work out for me.

      about 4 years ago
    • HeidiJo's Avatar

      Weight Watchers! I joined 9 months after i stopped treatment and I lost 30lbs.!

      about 4 years ago
    • diannemonroe's Avatar

      Try Weight Watchers. I've been doing the on-line program. It takes a long time, but I like to eat, and with this plan you get to eat everything in moderation. I gained during chemo due to the steroids.

      about 4 years ago
    • Frustrated's Avatar

      I had chemo 6 years ago due to breast cancer, and was also thrown into menopause at the tender age of 42. I gained about 15 pounds during the process. I've always tried different diets (including Weight Watchers) and nothing brings down the weight. I've currently been doing Crossfit at least 4 days a week (which is very intense) as well as some other activity like running on two other days. I've been working with a sports nutritionist for the last 6 weeks and have lost a grand total of 1.5 pounds. I am very frustrated as I feel like I have tried everything to lose this weight! Any other ideas?

      over 3 years ago
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