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SP_COACH_NANCY SparkPoints: (0)
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2/13/12 9:58 A


Please talk with your doctor regarding your diet and restrictions of calories. Your body has gone through a major trauma and SparkPeople's Registered Dietitian Becky Hand recommends that one not worry about weight loss when recovering from a surgery, injury or illness.

Remember food is fuel for your body. Not only does it help keep our normal biological functions going, but it ALSO helps with repair and recovery following surgery. Restricting too much can lead to a slower healing time and if you are not meeting the minimum requirements for your normal biological functioning, your body will get the energy it needs from our lean body mass and this includes muscle, bone, organ and connective tissue, thus slowing your progress even more so.

Now is a good time to eat a healthy diet but not worry about weight loss. That will come with time. Your focus is to allow time for your hip to heal. This is just a blip on your radar of reclaiming your health.

Take care and here's to a SPEEDY SparkRecovery!

Coach Nancy

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2/13/12 9:57 A

It is more about what goes into your mouth than the exercise. BE CAREFUL though you have to make sure you are getting in your protein to recover from this surgery- that is hard to do on such few calories. It can be done but you have to be mindful. Last thing you want is to delay your recovery. Meds could be a factor as well- focus on not gaining right now- the pounds will come off in time. Big hugs!

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2/13/12 9:50 A

Hello, Kaye !

Don't assume that something must be wrong because the scale isn't moving as fast as you'd like it. This is not the Biggest Loser. the weight doesn't magically drop off the minute we decide we need to lose. While a safe weekly weight loss would be 1-2 pounds per week, there may be weeks you don't lose. there may even be weeks you gain ! That doesn't mean you're doing something wrong. Weight loss is a slow steady process that takes time.

If your doctor doesn't want you doing any exercise until your hip has fully recovered, lay off the exercise. If you are mindful of what you eat, you will lose weight. You might not lose two pounds per week. You may only lose a pound or even half a pound. But, that's okay. Take the weight off slowly and it stays off.

So, try not to worry and try not to weigh yourself every day. Only weigh yourself once a week. You really won't see a dramatic change in a day. If you do happen to see a BIG jump up, I can assure you, it's not because you over ate. I can easily gain 3-4 pounds in a day. Is that a fat gain ? Nope, it's nothing more than a temporary water weight gain that passes in a few days.

ever notice your weight goes up during your menstrual cycle ? Most women tend to gain weight during their period. Is that a fat gain ? Nope, that too is nothing more than a temporary water weight gain that passes.

Are you on medication for your hip ? Some medications can also cause a person to retain water and gain weight. Try not to worry. When your doctor eases you off the medication, you'll probably see a big drop in your weight if you are retaining water.

For now, listen to your doctor and do your best to eat right. Don't starve yourself either. Because your hip is healing, you shouldn't be trying to diet. That means your body has fewer calories to help your hip get better. Do your best to eat nutritiously. take a step away from the scale. Only weigh yourself once a week.

Everything will be fine, but you really do have to be patient. You didn't gain the weight overnight, it's not coming off overnight.

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2/13/12 9:40 A

I'm so trying to loose weight, I've recently has a total hip replacement, and I've gained a stone within that time, I can't exercise as I'm in the middle stages of post op, and am limited to what I can do, I joined this site and it said for me to have 1200/1500 cals per day, I've not lost any weight, so I've gone down to 1000/1200 cals per day, still no loosing, I need help please emoticon

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