• Weight Loss after Chemo

    Asked by Geegee07 on Wednesday, February 26, 2014

    Weight Loss after Chemo

    I had my last chemo on October 17, 2013. I'm currently in remission but now I'm trying to lose some weight that I gained due to the steroids. I'm getting frustrated because I can't lose weight. I've lost 3lbs in 6weeks and I'm working out and eating healthy. Does anyone have any tips? Please help! :-)

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    • barbdee's Avatar

      I gave up morning toast, bagels, English muffins...all my favorites for 50 years! Down to one donut a week on Sunday morning! Was a diet coke girl at least 30 years & still miss it!
      Have lost nearly 20 lbs since ending "TCH" last Aug. Oh & all sodas, juice, lemonade etc.
      Not a pure eater, but every bit helps! Good luck, just try to eliminate some white foods. You'll do it!

      over 6 years ago
    • Garzatg's Avatar

      I lost twenty five pounds since I ended chemo in May but I stressed it off which I don't reccommend. But I've lost weight before by eating something healthy every couple hours. Something light and healthy this maintains your blood sugar levels and helps you lose. I also try to follow making sure the majority of food on your plate is green and I cut out sugar as much as I can. Also by exercising walking or swimming is great. I love hitting things so if you have the energy kickboxing is also great and helps with stress relief.

      over 6 years ago
    • Geegee07's Avatar

      Thank you to the both of you I appreciate your responses. I will continue and I will try not to lose patience. :-)

      over 6 years ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      We have a couple of articles on our blog about this issue. Click here www.whatnext.com/blog and scroll through the articles until you find the ones on weight loss, you may have to scroll through a few pages to find them. We have several people on the site that have used the program offered to cancer survivors from the local Y. @ticklingcancer is one of them.

      over 6 years ago
    • glam's Avatar

      I am struggling with that also...I liked www.mywellbeing.com and www.livestrong.com websites that somehow helped with some food tips, exercises and habits....I also like to get some 30 days challenges on the web to follow so I have a plan and an objective each day to follow......additionally I try to eliminate sugar as much as I can (and it is very hard to me) and add as many fruits and vegetables as possible (at least 05 different types a day is my daily goal).....Additionally I walk and run my dogs and I am looking for a gym center to enroll as summer time is ending and autumn is chilly enough to unmotivated myself.....some yoga is also great to reduce anxiety.....the important is to find something that bring you pleasure.....dancing, hiding a horse, a bicycle or any other.....God bless you and continue blessing all of us

      over 6 years ago
    • DaveWaz's Avatar


      Thank you for sharing your question. Here is the article that Greg mentioned.


      Best of luck!

      over 6 years ago
    • leepenn's Avatar

      3 pounds in six weeks? THAT'S FANTASTIC!!!!
      in this day an age of the biggest loser and all of that... it's easy to be fooled into the idea that the one-half to one pound of weight loss per week is lame.

      it is not.
      let me repeat that.
      it is not!

      in fact, that rate of weight loss is sustainable and much more likely to LAST!

      i don't know how much weight you hope to lose... but one thing to consider is making your transportation more active. can you walk to places more? if you take the bus - get off a stop early or get on at a stop that's further from your departure.... can you use a bicycle to get around? if you must drive, can you park a bit further out? keep everything else the same - how much you eat and how much you workout... and you might see the result you're hoping for...

      good luck!
      and congrats on your six weeks of success!!!!

      over 6 years ago
    • SueRae1's Avatar

      you're doing fine, it takes time to lose weight after chemo, all the poisons, especially the steroids take time flushing out of your body. I am on Weight Watchers, and have been since before I started my journey in July 2009. According to their statistics the average loss for a healthy person is between 0.5-2.0 lbs a week.

      It has taken me 3 months to 11 of 12 lbs I gained while on prednsione. I lost nothing the first 6 weeks after my last dose.

      I know it's frustrating but celebrate the fact that you've lost weight, and don't concentrate on the fact that you are not seeing the number you want.

      over 6 years ago
    • lilymadeline's Avatar

      Please no diet sodas!!! They can make you gain weight, studies have proved that over and over although they aren't sure of the reason...but probably due to an added chemical which hasn't been identified yet. Also the artificial sweetener causes cancer and of course no regular sodas either. Just eat a healthy diet without processed foods and the weight will naturally fall off, it did with me. Also exercise daily and go to bed at 10pm or 11pm every night and get at least 8 hours sleep....because if you are sleep deprived you will also have problems losing weight. Processed junk food, sodas, and sugar filled desserts are fine every once in awhile but they are unhealthy so once a month is probably all you should allow...and cut them out entirely if you are trying to lose weight. I gained 30 pounds with chemo and it took about 2 months to get rid of it. Take care and best wishes!

      over 6 years ago
    • HearMeRoar's Avatar

      Hi! I highly recommend Kris Carr's Crazy Sexy Diet. It has a 21 day cleanse as part of it and that was truly my jump start to full health. I gained 13lbs during my 6 chemos and thanks to Kris' strategies I am down a total of 26lbs.

      over 6 years ago
    • HearMeRoar's Avatar

      Also... try not to think about it in terms of pounds to drop. Consider what you can do to be your healthiest self - so you stay in remission! The right food is good medicine. I have struggled with weight off an on in the past... I always focused on losing weight to look better. Post cancer I chose to adopt a healthy clean mostly vegan and gluten free lifestyle to be HEALTHY and around for a long time. The pounds coming off was just a side benefit.

      over 6 years ago
    • Geegee07's Avatar

      Thanks everyone for the helpful tips! Today I weighed myself and lost 3 more pounds in 2 weeks so I guess it's starting to kick in. :-)

      over 6 years ago
    • HeidiJo's Avatar

      My biggest piece of advice is to be kind to your body, give it some time to rest. I gained 30 lbs during my treatments, I let my body rest for a year, and then did weight watchers and yoga. I lost 37 lbs from Jan. to June. So be patient, your body has been through a lot

      over 6 years ago
    • cmontano's Avatar

      GeeGee07, thanks for raising this question - I'm finding the answers very helpful. I strongly agree with HeidiJo's comment above. I am nearly done with treatment and need to lose a few pounds (they were there before I started treatment). When treatment is over I'm not going to put a lot of pressure on myself about it, but I am going to resume using LoseIt!. http://www.loseit.com/ I found this free ap very helpful. It's not for everyone because it involves tracking what you eat. However, I don't have a problem with that and it has really worked well for me in the past. Take care and best of luck.

      over 6 years ago
    • Geegee07's Avatar

      Thanks to all for the advice! I really appreciate it and I will try these great tips! :-)

      over 6 years ago

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