• Tips and tricks for weight loss

    Asked by Nomadicme on Saturday, February 16, 2013

    Tips and tricks for weight loss

    I'm on the diet wagon, again, after gaining weight from feeling sorry for myself, eating too much, Tamoxifen. What has worked for you in the past? Best diet tips?

    I offer some of my own: drink some "mean green juice" for a lot of nutrition ans some appetite control. Write down everything you eat (supposedly the number one success factor across all diets). I've also been "eating" chia seeds and ground flaxseed, for bulk and nutrition.

    Thanks all! (And did you know a BMI in the healthy range is correlated with decreased recurrence?).

    17 Answers from the Community

    17 answers
    • Nancebeth's Avatar

      I use the MyFitnessPal app. I have lost the chemo weight and am trying to lose 30 more pounds. I have cut out red meat and pork and eat mainly vegetarian with some seafood and occasionally chicken. A lot of veggies, quinoa, and wheatberry. I go to Spinning classes 3-4 times a week and do some Pilates and Yoga as well.
      Of course, we all know that eating well and exercising is the only real way to lose the weight and keep it off. Good luck!

      over 3 years ago
    • nancyjac's Avatar

      I gained 35 pounds last year while I was in active treatment. I've gotten about

      over 3 years ago
    • nancyjac's Avatar

      I gained 35 pounds last year while I was in active treatment. I've lost about 15 pounds of that in the last 6 weeks. As Nancebeth says, there are no magic bullets.

      If your tips work for you, then that is great, but I tend to disagree with most of them. Juicing veggies and fruits just breaks them down are removes all of the fiber and many of the nutrients. Basically, you end up drinking flavored water which is not going to be very filling. Eating whole fruits and veggies is much more filling, nutritious, provides better appetite control, and, in my opinion, tastes a whole lot better. Chia and flax seeds have their benefits, but weight loss really isn't one of them. A serving of either is about a tablespoon. For the same calories and nutrients you can eat basically an unlimited amount of most veggies and fruits.

      What works for me is a diet of mostly fruits and veggies, with small of amounts of lean meats (any type) 3-4 times/week. I opt for low or fat free when it comes to dairy, use virtually no oil or butter when cooking or baking, make my own fat, sugar, and sodium free condiments (salad dressings, sandwich spreads, etc.). The foods I have the most trouble with are cheese and sweets because once I start eating either I don't want to stop, so for the most part I just stay away from them altogether.

      over 3 years ago
    • gwendolyn's Avatar

      My best advice is not to consider yourself on a "diet." Make changes to your eating and exercise habits that you intend to keep for a lifetime. Writing down what you eat is a great habit. There are some apps and online sites that let you track your food intake, too. I recommend "Lose It" for tracking food and exercise.

      over 3 years ago
    • princess123's Avatar

      I didn't know gaining weight was a problem with chemo. My doctor keeps saying not to loose weight. I have lost about 30 pounds from the beginning of this and maintained my weight since being on chemo break.

      over 3 years ago
    • SueRae1's Avatar

      I was on WW when I was diagnosed, and am still an active member, mostly online, but I do get to meetings, in fact I was at one yesterday. Keeping active, eating clean (I.e. minimally processed foods), and keep track of what I put in my mouth have really help me. Recognizing what triggers my emotional eating has helped me nip some, not all, of my pity parties. Be kind to and love yourself. If you slip, forgive, and move forward. One of my mottoes is "failure is not falling off the wagon, failure is not get back on"

      over 3 years ago
    • SandiD's Avatar

      I also use the www.myfitnesspal.com Ap. it s SO helpful! You can use it online also. You got some good advice here, I like what Nancyjac said. Keeping our weight down is good, but as cancer patients/survivors, we should put our health first. Our diet has to be nutritious and as we feel up to it, exercise is very important. Any exercise you enjoy is best. During chemo though, just eat whatever agrees with you. You have to get through it best you can. Good luck to you!

      over 3 years ago
    • nonnie917's Avatar

      No I didn't know about the BMI correlation. This is scary to me. I had DCIS that was caught so early it was rated 0. Do you think this could happen to me?

      over 3 years ago
    • nonnie917's Avatar

      I have always been around 80 lbs overweight and can't seem to lose it no matter what I do. I am a diabetic and of course we all know diabetics cannot lose weight like a normal person who diets. I keep trying though. Maybe someday.

      over 3 years ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      I guess it's the different types of treatments. In all 3 of mine I lost 40 to 50 #. I had to fight to put weight on. It's been 4 years since my last treatment, radiation, and I'm just now getting back to previous weight. Now I've just had all bottom teeth removed, so eating isn't much on the want to do list. I don't recommend getting your teeth removed to lose weight though.

      I hope all you girls find something that will work for you. Seems you have several good ideas. Thanks for sharing.

      over 3 years ago
    • Nomadicme's Avatar

      @Nonnie. The BMI correlation is at a population level of BC patients, and I think it has more to do with those that have hormone responsive cancers. With DCIS, I wouldn't worry too much. It's always good advice to get down to a healthy weight, as all kinds of comorbidities associated with aging get worse due to weight (diabetes, blood pressure). I know just how difficult it is to lose weight, but fighting it is worth it for my health.

      Here's a link to an article about a recently published article on the New England Journal of Medicine, on myths that get in the way of weight loss, hope you find it helpful:

      over 3 years ago
    • leepenn's Avatar

      hey there!

      good for you in thinking about nutrition and health and so on... that's a good good thing!
      as to what is the right advice...
      there's a lot of controversy and a lot of BAD ADVICE out there.
      at the end of the day, you might want to consider making an appointment with a nutritionist who has ideals similar to yours (for me - that would mean vegan)... that person can help you evaluate what you're eating and help you make decisions about what to change and what to keep.
      the other piece is activity - what do you like to do that puts your body into motion? do you like to walk, ride horses, ride bikes, play basketball? walk your dogs (i see you have pooches in your profile pic). move - move a lot.... and then move some more.
      i do agree with the comment below about going "on a diet" as opposed to viewing your diet as simply what you eat and drink on a daily basis...
      i'm also a big fan of eating the RIGHT FATS - dairy fat? not so good. olive oil? wonderful... everything in moderation, of course.
      my last thought is are you getting enough sleep? that's another piece to the complicated health and wellness puzzle. getting enough sleep makes it easier to make good decisions about food and activity.

      best wishes,

      ps - on weight gain and chemo - it does turn out that most breast cancer chemos result in weight gain in most women. i was not one of them. i don't comfort eat, apparently. i seem to comfort fast, which has its pluses and minuses... if a drug has loss of appetite as a potential side effect, mine will be zapped to nil immediately, even if weight gain is a more common side effect. my point is that we are all very different, and chemos are also quite different.

      over 3 years ago
    • SpunkyS's Avatar

      I gained 10 # post chemo to my already overweight self. I cut out soda (diet and reg), most juices, and eat the fruit or veggie instead. I cut out sweets. Hard the first 2 weeks or so, but now if I want something sweet 1 bite works. Also joined MyFitnessPal to help track food intake and exercise. Now I work out a little extra to "earn" a grapefruit as a bedtime snack since I am not on meds that grapefruit is contraindicted. I also joined the Livestrong program at the Y for motivation to exercise. I am down the 13 lbs. in 10 weeks.
      Good luck!

      over 3 years ago
    • karen1956's Avatar

      Walk, walk, walk...or whatever exercise you enjoy.....writing down what you eat helps you be aware of what and how much you are eating.....eat healthy, lots of fruits, veggies and lean proteins....limit high fat and junk foods....also drink lots and lots of water....

      over 3 years ago
    • Clyde's Avatar

      Exorcise is the key. No matter how little or well you eat, if you aren't burning it off somehow, it won't do much.

      over 3 years ago
    • CAS1's Avatar

      Well I am with you..During treatment I lost 47 pounds. Then I had to go on steroids and all bets were off..In 3 months I gained 57 pounds and I cannot seem to get this weight to budge..I have always eaten healthy..I am Greek.. We always ate healthy..Let me say both my grandparent sion greece died of cancer at a very young age so I am not sure i buy the connection of bad food=cancer.
      I have been on the tread mill for 6 weeks 4-7 days a week- 60 to 80 min..4-5 miles and have not lost an ounce. I have never eaten alot of red meat..always veggies, whole grains, protein, water. I understand that chemo and steroid weight is rock solid on the body and it takes a long time to loose it.. So I agree with the lifestyle mind set. its the only way and yes, exercise and reccence is proven to be connected.
      In Lung cancer fat many not be as bad as other cancers.

      over 3 years ago
    • DaveWaz's Avatar

      Thank you for your question; it received a lot of helpful feedback! It also helped inspire a blog article 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.

      Thanks again,

      about 3 years ago

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