Avoiding gaining weight whilst ill?

April 26, 2007 7:05am CST
I'm not very well at the meoment and am having to spend a lot of time sitting or lying down and cannot walk very far. Its going to take a few weeks to get better, and the tablets I have to take are making me both hungry and a bit nauseous if I go too long without nibbling. I was a little bit overweight to start with- nothing too major- just a spare tyre round my middle which I was trying to lose, and I'm frightened its going to get a lot worse whilst I'm ill. I know how to lose weight when I'm well, but does anyone have any tips for not gaining weight whilst ill? I'm not eating any junk or drinking anything sugary, its more that I seem to be needing to eat more than usual even of healthy stuff and I can't do any excercise.
2 responses
@mlgb_24 (638)
27 Apr 07
i wish you get well soon! well, just try small frequent feedings all throughout the day. have a healthy breakfast, then a midmorning snack with fruits or yoghurt, healthy dinner, midafternoon snack again with fruit and yoghurt, healthy tea, then a warm drink probably before you go to bed. if you get hungry in between, just drink a glass of water. sometimes our body signals our brain that we are hungry but we're not, we're just thirsty. in this case, you won't feel hungry as you're constantly eating, so you won't go to the stage of craving for junks, sweets, etc. i hope this helps. get well soon!! and take a lot of rest.
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• France
27 Apr 07
Thats very sensible about the water, I'll make sure I try that
@brokentia (10395)
• United States
27 Apr 07
As long as you keep your carbs down while you are ill, you will not need to do much to burn the calories you do intake. Keep in mind all the low to no carb foods. Peanuts are a great source of protein and has a small amount of carbs to serving size. But also be sure to watch your sodium intake. If you intake too much sodium, it will make you hold more water. I am sorry you have been ill. I know how you feel. I have chronic migraines and often find myself in bed also. So, I know changing my eating habits to very little carbs has really helped when I am not feeling well for weeks at a time! Good luck and get well soon!!!