How do I maintain my weight whilst resting?

  • Belle33
  • 3 years ago

I am day 3 post op and I am already struggling with the fact that I can't exercise for a few weeks. I am usually quite active and jog regularly and watch what I eat but now that I must rest rest rest, I have found myself eating comfort food whilst watching dvd's. I am barely on my feet (following doctors orders) and I am finding I already have a little pop belly. Now this is probably a no-brainer, and simple answer is, eat well and perhaps regularly go for little walks around the house, but any advice would be fab. Thanks :-)

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Good advice. My trainer said the same. SinceI am not, and will not, be woring out for awhile due to recover, that I should lower my calories a bit. But still eat every 2-3 hours The issue was the puffiness from surgery. The 7 lbs I gained was from that and just being swollen.
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Google the Harris Benedict equation. It will tell you what you need for calories. Shoot for high protein, like 40% of you calories should come from protein (multiply protein grams by 4 and that tells you the calories from protein in a given food) Eat 6 small meals (divide total daily calories evenly) last 2 meals no carbs. I am a personal trainer and figure competitor, just ask if you any questions about this stuff. :)
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I am 4 day post-op. My blly was swollen from the GA and constipation. Still bloated, but kills me not to be in the gym. I work out all the time, so is hard sitting on my but. Just remember to kep up with water, flush toxins, and eat clean. We all will be fine. Muscle has great memory!
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Belle how has your weight issue played out now that you're a few months post-op? 

This is one of my biggest concerns, as I just lost a lot of weight with diet and exercise in the fall.  I'm getting them done in a week and worried about the break in regular workouts. Not to mention sitting at home leads to snacking...  And just like you I will be starting my period a day or two after surgery, which is totally AWESOME! :/

How soon did you get back to more than just walking? 

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Hi Makenzie
I totally understand your worry. I definitely put on a couple of kilo's with not being able to exercise and snacking. The snacking is unavoidable due to boredom! But once I was able to exercise again, I think I dropped some weight although I am definitely not as trim as I was before the op. I think now that I have boobs, I am not so worried about looking out of proportion if that makes sense. But in saying that, I am trying to get back to what I was before, especially the belly area :) I dont think you have too much to worry about though... just go with it and know that once after your op, you will feel amazing and you will be able to resume exercise in no time! I have my 3 month check up tomorrow, time has flown!!!
All the best with everything. Would love to hear how it went
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Hi Makenzie
I totally understand your worry. I definitely put on a couple of kilo's with not being able to exercise and snacking. The snacking is unavoidable due to boredom! But once I was able to exercise again, I think I dropped some weight although I am definitely not as trim as I was before the op. I think now that I have boobs, I am not so worried about looking out of proportion if that makes sense. But in saying that, I am trying to get back to what I was before, especially the belly area :) I dont think you have too much to worry about though... just go with it and know that once after your op, you will feel amazing and you will be able to resume exercise in no time! I have my 3 month check up tomorrow, time has flown!!!
All the best with everything. Would love to hear how it went
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hahaha great advice... dont pig out! Love it
Well it so happens that it my pop belly was actually "time of the month" belly which I got the next day after surgery. Bad timing and the last thing I needed!! But all good now. I mean I hate that I can't go jogging but I need to eat well which I'm not really doing right now. We all know how to eat well, it really is a no brainer, but it's a matter of just doing it. That's awesome you can hit the gym soon... lucky girl. I'm 2 weeks post op and have my next PS appointment next week. But I am pretty sure I cant go jogging until 6 weeks post op. :( Oh well....
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Don't pig out. (: i gained 7 pounds in my one week of rest. I normally spend a little over an hour at the gym daily... i had my 1 week post op appointment yesterday, and my surgeon was COMPLETELY okay with me running as long as i wear a great bra and stop if it hurts. (Even though i went from AA to Small D-- my old sports bras still fit. They hold me REALLY well so he's okay with it!) Today is 1 week and 1 day post op and I definitely plan on hitting the gym!
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