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How do you lose weight when you can't even walk?

Hi, I hope someone has answers. I had an attack of MS and I can hardly walk. I am gaining weight and more weight. Can someone tell me how to get this weight off without exercising. Because I cannot walk or use my legs because I am in so much pain. Please help.

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There is that new pill that has been discovered that will eventually help. The pill for couch potatoes or others not able to excersize.

It seems to me I gained about 15# in the first couple of traumatic years with MS. Much was from seeking comfort from food.

Then I needed to have a hard look at my eating & realize since I am not so active anymore hunger does not work for me as a feedback back when food is needed. The feedback is likely false feedback of boredom or depression NOT the need for food.

So I needed to kind of keep track of what I eat. Instead of using a "hunger" feedback.

Lucky for me I was able to make just a few changes and I lost the weight I had gained & I continue to lose weigh...slowly :( When I could run or go for long walks I would lose very quickly. Now not so quickly.

First I did a couple of months using the cabbage soup diet to get used to disciplined eating again, which I had done before MS.

The cabbage soup diet is 7 days of cabbage soup then 14 days off cabbage soup-I did regular eating those 14 days. I guess a person can do another food plan during the 14 days.

I stopped cabbage soup, then just made a rule for myself there would be NO deep fat fried foods and During the "shock" of newly diagnosed MS I had gotten into a lazy habit of morning TV with sweet roll. That's gone too. Ocassionally I get one now, but very ocassionally.

But absolutely NO deep fat fried foods!

I try to weigh myself as I remeber. More often when I seem to be eating too much, it gets me motivated again to not over eat or eat fattening foods.

The weight loss is slow, w/o vigerous excersize, but it happens. And some excersize is good, whatever is done. Excersize is time when not in the refergerator..it's dieting by substition. Substituting the time eating for excersize. It doesn't burn alot of calories, but it does slow down the accumulation of calories.

Reallistically, accept a higher weight or larger jean size, then when vigerous excersize was possible, preferablly within BMI range, but be able to maintain that weight, whatever you choose.
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You have to be really determined to only eat what you need and not just eat because you are fed up or bored etc.

I eat a cereal in the morning, plain porridge type with lots of fruit yummy or a banana good as its high in potassium and some nuts too for magnesium.

At 11am I allow myself one capochino, and a small piece of Jamaica ginger cake. You have to have a few treats lol. In between i drink plain water.

For lunch I have ryvita with sunflower seeds with low cal cheese spread or chicken slice, ham etc, or an advocado with tuna, something very simple and easy to put in front of me.

Then my tea/dinner. Well i will have fish, chicken mixed green salads (spinach), omellette, i very rarely have potatoes. I do have a plate full of food though but all low calorie, even will have speghetti with a good healthy tomatoe sauce with vegetables or a bit of meat or tuna.

Then I eat a yoguhurt and lots of grapes.

Now i havent lost any weight in 2 years BUT I HAVENT put any on either, which my GP is well pleased with, although now when I get better mobility i walk more, or use my mini exercise cycle.

Got to go my grand daughter has just arrived. mariax
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Plain rice is good too, whole wheat rice better but more $. Instant white rice microwaved with chicken/beef broth for flavoring and soy sauce when eating it,if wanted. Was helpful to me too. It's easy to make. Low in calories and it does have protein in it.

When I asked this ? a few years ago to someone who had maintained their weight with MS for a long time. He told me rice helped him alot.

Then I looked at what rice had in it, PROTIEN!! It has helped me too. I'm glad he told me about it. I tend to eat less protein than I need & rice is easy to make. And not deep fat fried.
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Hi Maggie MS,

I got this diet from MS website, and I have been on it since the end of May. I have lost 35 pounds, and I'm in a wheelchair. It's a great diet for me. I'm never hungry. My husband knows what to make for dinner and are eating out, has completely stopped. We are saving money like crazy. It's a high protein diet. I have shown my doctor and he was quite pleased with my weight loss.


Here it is.............I also take 2 TBSP apple cider vinegar 2 times a day...This worked for me! 8 lbs in 4 days.

DAY 1
Breakfast: Black coffee, tea or more water
grapefruit or cup grapefruit juice
1 slice whole wheat toast
1 tbsp. peanut butter
Lunch: 1 can tuna in water
1 slice whole wheat toast
Black coffee, tea or more water
Dinner: 1-2 slices (fist) of any type of lean meat
1 cup of string beans
1 small apple
Black coffee, tea or more water
DAY 2
Breakfast: Black coffee, tea or more water
1 Boiled egg
1 Slice whole wheat toast
1 Medium size banana
Lunch: Cup Celery
Cup String Beans
Cup Tomato or Low Salt Tomato Juice
Cup Cantaloupe
Black coffee, tea or more water
Dinner: 1-2 slices (fist) any type of meat lean meat
Cup of broccoli
Cup Squash
Black coffee, tea or more water
DAY 3
Breakfast: Black coffee, tea or more water
grapefruit or cup grapefruit juice
1 slice whole wheat toast
1 Tablespoon peanut butter
Lunch: 1 hard boiled egg
Cup of string beans
Cup of Squash
Cup Tomato or Low Salt Tomato Juice
Black coffee, tea or more water
Dinner: 1 - 8oz Steak (Broiled)
1 Cup Stewed Tomatoes
1 Small Apple
Black coffee, tea or more water
DAY 4
Breakfast: Black coffee, tea or more water
grapefruit or cup grapefruit juice
1 slice whole wheat toast
1 Tablespoon peanut butter
Lunch: 1 Cup Celery
Cup of Squash
1 Small Apple
1 Cup Unsweetened Prune Juice
Black coffee, tea or more water
Dinner: 1 Hamburger Patty (Broiled)
Cup String Beans
Cup raw Tomato's
2 Cups Unsweetened Prune Juice
Black coffee, tea or more water
Day 5 Refer to Post Diet Meals (located on the last page of this program), do not exceed three meals. Do not overeat or eat until you feel over full
DAY 6
Breakfast: Black coffee, tea or more water
grapefruit or cup grapefruit juice
1 slice whole wheat toast
1 tbsp. peanut butter
Lunch: 1 can tuna in water
1 slice whole wheat toast
Black coffee, tea or more water
Dinner: 1-2 slices (fist) of any type of lean meat
1 cup of string beans
1 small apple
Black coffee, tea or more water
DAY 7
Breakfast: Black coffee, tea or more water
1 Boiled egg
1 Slice whole wheat toast
1 Medium size banana
Lunch: Cup Celery
Cup String Beans
Cup Tomato or Low Salt Tomato Juice
Cup Cantaloupe
Black coffee, tea or more water
Dinner: 1-2 slices (fist) any type of meat lean meat
Cup of broccoli
Cup Squash
Black coffee, tea or more water
DAY 8
Breakfast: Black coffee, tea or more water
grapefruit or cup grapefruit juice
1 slice whole wheat toast
1 Tablespoon peanut butter
Lunch: 1 hard boiled egg
Cup of string beans
Cup of Squash
Cup Tomato or Low Salt Tomato Juice
Black coffee, tea or more water
Dinner: 1 - 8oz Steak (Broiled)
1 Cup Stewed Tomatoes
1 Small Apple
Black coffee, tea or more water
DAY 9
Breakfast: Black coffee, tea or more water
grapefruit or cup grapefruit juice
1 slice whole wheat toast
1 Tablespoon peanut butter
Lunch: 1 Cup Celery
Cup of Squash
1 Small Apple
1 Cup Unsweetened Prune Juice
Black coffee, tea or more water
Dinner: 1 Hamburger Patty (Broiled)
Cup String Beans
Cup raw Tomato's
2 Cups Unsweetened Prune Juice
Black coffee, tea or more water
DAY 10 Refer to Post Diet Meals (located on the last page of this program), do not exceed three meals. Do not overeat or eat until you feel over full
POST DIET NUTRITION

First lets talk about what you HAVE to try to stay away from, not completely but try to avoid when possible.

Try Avoiding;
-White Bread
-Pasta
-Sweets,
-Sugar, as minimal as possible, for e.g.. In coffee.
-Saturated Fats, (all fats from animals, excluding items like fish)
-Fried products
-Salty products
-Soda
Your're going to have to eat at least 3 meals a day depending on how long your days are, to keep your metabolism up. Each meal should consist of 20-25 grams of Protein, 25-35 grams of carbs (Complex carbs, and almost no carbs if possible for your last meal of the day) and about 5-10 grams of fat (good fat, not saturated) Complex Carbs consist of almost any form of carbohydrate that does not contain sugar, (excluding breads, pastas, white rice, these are hard to digest)

EXAMPLES OF CARBS FOR EACH MEAL
-Whole Grain Bread
-Brown Rice
-Potatoes
-Oats
-Most breakfast cereals that do not contain high amounts of sugar
-Rice Cakes
-Low fat yogurt cups
-Vegetables (for example peas, corn, etc.)
EACH SERVING SHOULD BE APPROX SIZE OF YOUR FIST

EXAMPLES OF PROTEIN FOR EACH MEAL
-Just about any form of LEAN meat, preferably chicken and steak
-Most types of seafood, cooked lean without oils
-Tuna
-Beans

EXAMPLES OF FATS FOR EACH MEAL
-Fats from Fish oils
-Fats from vegetable's
-Most types of nuts, especially peanuts

If you can't fit in 3 meals a day, a meal replacement can be taken, they contain all of the above. When you're finished each meal you should never feel full. Drink lots of water throughout the day. Most of your carbs should be eaten in the morning.

Examples of Common Meals
-Whole Wheat chicken sandwich and fruit
-Chicken, Tuna, or Fish Salad, low fat yogurt cup
-Steak, vegetables and a potato
-Egg, whole wheat toast and fruit
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Find out what your RMR is (resting metabolic rate) That's what your body burns off doing absolutely nothing. Then when you know how many calories your body burns off naturally eat less than that number.

My RMR is something like, 1,400. So i eat no more than 1,200 calories a day. It helps since i have no energy to be active. If i could work out i'd eat a hell of a lot more.

http://www.caloriesperhour.com/index_burn.php
xaviermom74
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I lost 10 pounds by avoiding white foods and drinking 64 oz of water a day w/o exercise.
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False hunger signal: tiredness

B/4 MS a person gets tired and says to themself, "I'm really tired, I better grab something to eat"

After MS a person needs to be able to say to themselves "I'm really tired but I know I have already eaten enough for today. So if I eat more, I will just gain weight & it will be more difficult for me in the future with the additional weight"

I think a person w/MS needs to kepp track or have an idea of what they eat. at first with MS, I actually kept a record. Now more likely to eat three meals, not much snacking.
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you may not be able to walk but believe it or not you may be able to handle some chair exercises...if you have PBS theer is a woman who has a show on daily that goes for about a half an hour...it is a lot of stretches and lightweight lifts...last year when I lost the ability to walk I did it daily and I didn't lose a ton of weight but it kept my energy and optimism up! best, kenzy
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thanks everyone for your help. It really helped me out alot, thanks again, Maggie
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I like ur diet DazyDuke...but I don't even eat that much...my appetite went when I couldn't swallow. But I am going to try the apple cidar vinegar because its also a natural cleaner/antispetic or was anti biotic can'tt remember but I know it helps colds and things. so I am going to add it to my diet.
hugs
Kim
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Do what you can, Kenzy's idea of weights is a good one. In our area, there are rehabilitation clinics that do exercise programs for MSers of differing mobility levels, perhaps getting a hold of one of those places can help? I know the one in my area (SoCal) works in conjunction with the NMSS and has a like a 10 week course for free.

To help manage your caloric intake, you can check out sites like www.calorie-count.com..there they figure your resting metabolism and help keep you on track...and it's also free! It really is a great resource to help change eating habits and make healthy diet changes.

This is a problem for so many of us, I wish you luck!!! XOXOXO
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I'm single, so this may not work for all. I just bring in foods I go nuts with. Chips, cookies ect. I have a couple receipes that call for potato chips in one, corn chips in another. Just buy the single serve bags to fix those.
There's not much I stay away from. Just remember that there's almost no food that's bad for you - it's what we do to them that makes it bad. Just watch how you prepare them.
Telling my age now, the old basic 4 is a good basic place to start. As long as throughout the day I get what I should, don't worry to much.
Another thing that's worked is to make sure I sit at the table when I eat.
I enjoy my ice tea, and water between meals. You can count on one hand how many sodas I drink in a month.

The MS society has videos and tapes you can borrow for chair exercises, water aerobics, and several other things. They will mail them to you with a pre-paid mailer to return them when they're due back.

As stated before, most all of us will confuse thirst with hunger. And then there's boredom . . . When you go to the fridge and open it like something has been put in there when you were away.

Since there's lots of fresh things this time of year, I've taken advantage of them for snacks.

It just seems so unfair fair that fast=fatening foods so often! At least once a week I try to fix something I can freeze and nuke another day.
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Ooops, should have typed, 'I don't bring foods in I go nuts with.'
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Do you have somewhere near you that does Hydrotherapy. When I have problems with my legs the water makes me feel so good.

Hydrotherapy would also be good for getting you active and alot of pools have systems in place if you are in a chair to help lift you in and out. Good luck and keep your chin up.
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I really am for Jenny Craig or those other prepared foods as I don't have to think and not stand in the kitchen really when its hot and convenience when its hot AND lose weight and don't feel too lethargic.

The cabbage diet... We tried that a few years ago and the smell of it... we didn't want to eat anything for days it was so bad.

If you go to about.com and check on diets, it describes them all for you and you can see what would work best for you. I can't exercise anymore either, so this is my plan.