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WACHTERAMANDA Posts: 10
1/9/13 9:32 A

The problem that I have when I get sick is that my appetite goes into hyper mode. I want to eat everything in sight! The fact that I am sick makes me easier able to justify the indulgence.

SUNSHINE6442 Posts: 1,901
1/9/13 9:29 A

After the flu one needs to repair the body..blueberries are a powerful antioxidant and so is yogurt with low sugar....yogurt contains probiotics, which are live, active cultures of friendly bacteria that coat the intestines when eaten. Eating high protein will help get you energy levels back too. HOW ABOUT A COUPLE OF SOFT BOILED EGGS WHICH ARE LOADED WITH PROTEIN?

Oatmeal, rice, a boiled red potato, rye toast and low sugar tapioca will help you intestines feel better...also homemade chicken soup with less sodium....store bought works too!

Gut bacteria feeds on sugar...have puffed rice, kashi puffs or even A WARM BOWL OF grits for breakfast,




Edited by: SUNSHINE6442 at: 1/9/2013 (09:32)
CALLMECARRIE Posts: 1,598
1/9/13 8:48 A

It's certainly not the way a person wants to lose weight, but I did lose two pounds, and ten days later, those two pounds are still gone.

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1/8/13 4:01 P

I'm not an expert, but I agree with Coach Jen -- weight loss during illness is not healthy weight lost. If you resume your healthy Spark eating habits, you'll continue to lose weight (though initially you might gain some back from your near-starvation flu diet).

SPARK_COACH_JEN Posts: 56,715
1/8/13 1:56 P

Hi Brenda,

There's not really a way to avoid regaining some of the weight you lost when you were sick. Not all of it is fat- a high portion is probably fluids, so when you start rehydrating again the scale might go back up. I would just focus on making healthy food choices and getting better. Then you'll be able to get back into weight loss full-swing when you've recovered.

Coach Jen

CALLMECARRIE Posts: 1,598
1/8/13 12:04 P

I just recently got over the flu too and I was surprised to lose two pounds. I stopped exercising for about five days while I was sick because I could barely draw in a breath without deep, painful chest coughs, much less breathe hard. I didn't eat a whole lot while I was sick, but what I did eat was junky, so I thought I'd gain, not lose.

It's been about a week now since I came back to work, and I did gain a pound or two of water/glycogen weight after going back to normal eating, but as of this morning, it's gone again. I'm hoping the two pounds I lost while being sick will stay lost. I haven't felt starved, just grateful to be healthy again. I think just go back on your nutrition and exercise plan and go from there.

Good luck and glad you're feeling better.

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1/8/13 11:56 A

One of the benefits of the flu was that I lost a lot of weight very quickly. The bad news about the flu is that I wasn't eating hardly anything, so my nutrition and calorie counts were down. How can I ensure that I don't gain back the weight from being sick just as quickly and eat healthy? I know at some point I'm going to feel starved.

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