• weight loss

    Asked by ddgram on Thursday, April 25, 2013

    weight loss

    I have been exercising for 7 weeks now doing 20 to 30 minutes of cardio just about everyday. I am feeling strong and good but I have not lost any weight or even inches. Do you think it has something to do with the cancer treatments I went through? The end of May will be a year that I finished chemo. Is this normal? I don't want to give up because I feel so good but I am discouraged. Any suggestions?

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    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      Hi DD, this is a common problem discussed here. Drop a line on @ticklingcancer 's wall. He signed up for a program offered at the local Y for cancer patients/survivors, and has dropped several pounds

      over 4 years ago
    • karen1956's Avatar

      Maybe you aren't doing enough exercise to loose weight but to just maintain your weight...don't be discouraged....if you are feeling good keep doing the exercise....feeling good is a benefit....and maybe with time weight or inches will come off....
      My form of exercise is walking...my weight is stable (but I'd like to loose 5 - 7#) but I enjoy the walking......

      over 4 years ago
    • Clyde's Avatar

      Try cutting out some calories--it doesn't take much. Easiest way is not to cut anything out, but to cut portion sizes. Learn not to clean your plate. Examine your diet and see if there are some empty calories you can do without. Also, always have breakfast, but cut back on later meals if you need. Eating breakfast gives your body fuel to start the day and it will happily burn it off, but if you don't fuel yourself at the top of the day, the body will hoard fuel. Sounds weird, but it is true. Vary your cardio as well. Try different exercises so you keep your body off guard. You don't necessarily need to exercise harder, just not in a routine. Even if walking is your favorite form. Walk steady one day, walk fast the next, slow (but very steady) the next, mix them up the fourth, hold you breath for 10 steps, exhale it the next 10, draw it in slowly the next 10.....make a game of it. I use jump rope as I hate running and constantly change the goals I set for myself.

      over 4 years ago
    • debco148's Avatar

      dd--you are doing a great thing with the exercise! It is helping to keep your body strong and great for your immune system..DO NOT STOP. Although all of these chemicals do change our metabolisms it is important now to focus on getting healthy instead of just weight loss. That doesn't mean give up eating healthy or exercising...it means eating healthier and exercising more! Make sure you are eating at least[phone number redacted] calories a day. You have to eat to keep up your metabolism...try focusin on volume eating. Fill your plate with veggies and salad and have what used to be your main dish (like chicken, fish, pasta, etc) as your side dish. This works really great because you get a lot more nutrients in and the calories naturally go down. So the trick is a combo of calorie reduction and keep exercising. You can do it!

      over 4 years ago
    • CAS1's Avatar
      CAS1 (Best Answer!)

      i have the same problem..The chemo and the cancer break down muscle this is a huge part of the problem and it takes a lot of time to get back to where you were. I just signed up for the YMCA Livestrong package which is a 12 week free small program. Not every YMCA offers it. Google your state YMCA's.

      The exercise DOES reduce cancer return..its proven..so you are doing a great thing for your battle.
      Try the free fitness pal on line weight loss program..There is even a sub group for cancer survivors.

      But do the exercise for you..Its your reward.The rest will come and fall into place..

      We have all been through XXX and back..Go easy and take your time.

      over 4 years ago
    • whirl's Avatar

      It took me three years to start losing the 10# I gained with chemo. I practically live at the gym. I do approx 30-40 miles per week do strength training. Basically my theory only as other has stated it takes a while for the body to recover from chemo. Gestimate your calorie intake. It takes about 1500 calories deficit to lose one pound. Keep up your good work!!!!

      over 4 years ago
    • SandiD's Avatar

      I, like another person, took 3 years to start losing weight! Frustrating, but exercising is great! Never stop. What helped me a lot was a reality check with calories. I use a Free Ap, but you can find it on line also, www.myfitnesspal.com. What a wake up call that was, but it sure helped me with portion control and hidden calories. Keep up the good work! How you feel is what is most important. Good luck!

      over 4 years ago
    • leepenn's Avatar

      First and foremost - CONGRATULATIONS! Seven weeks of consistent exercise is wonderful!

      I have two thoughts that build on the things already said.

      The first one is - use a smaller plate/bowl/cup etc... and fill it with as many plant-based foods as you can...

      The second one is - go a little bit harder and a little bit longer for the next seven weeks. How about 25-40 minutes nearly every day? And up your effort a bit... If you're walking, working in a few one-minute jogs can jump your burn. If you're jogging, one-minute at a faster pace a few times during your job can jump your burn... Does that make sense? Of course, make sure you are being safe, above all else! An injury is NOT something you want!

      Then, I just have a few more things to suggest. One - no eating after 8p (or whatever semi-early in the evening time works for you and your household). I LOVE having a bedtime snack, but I am a bit heavy right now, so I've eliminated it. Two - go ahead and eliminate something that's not contributing nutrition to your diet... I am currently nearing the end of dry April - no beer. Now, I love beer, and I'm missing it, but my weight is dropping at a nice and steady pace... This is actually something I learned from my grandfather - when he failed his pants test, he eliminated whiskey until he passed his pants test.... In that way, he kept his weight within about 5 pounds of his "norm" over a few decades! So, for me, that's whiskey for the month of April. Three - if you feel like eating but are sure you are not actually hungry, brush your teeth! Totally works....

      Steady as she goes... You are totally on the right track! Good luck and best wishes,

      over 4 years ago
    • wings' Avatar

      i am not shure what cardio exercises are. could someone classify them for me individually.
      thank you. i am new to exercising.

      over 4 years ago
    • ddgram's Avatar

      Thank you for all your answers!! I was good to hear about possible free solutions as well. : D

      over 4 years ago
    • whirl's Avatar

      Wings asked the question what are cardio exercises. What I view as cardio exercises are those that raises the heart rate. Usually most people want the heart rate to be elevated at least 30 min.to be considered cardio. As I compete in races I do 3 types of cardio. One that is what is often called fat burning or long slow which is about 60-70 % of your maximum heart rate. My second is tempo and is approx. 80% of my maximum heart rate Those are usually intervals, and lastly is economy which is short bursts of speed about 90% of your heart rate. Most of the people in this group are probably doing the 70% of their maximum heart rate. How do you figure your maximum heart rate-- the easiest way is to subtract your age from 220. It will be only an approx for you. Different pros will encourage one to vary your work out. Many encourage strength training as they will say muscle requires more energy thus burn more calories than fat tissue. Exercise helps you burn calories. If you eat a lot of sport related items during exercising you probably won't lose weight as the bottom line is calories (and my theory only) is how your body burns them.

      over 4 years ago

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