You can exercise whilst sitting if you can't walk yet. Any movement is exercise, really. When I was laid up with a severe back injury, my physio advised me to keep wriggling my toes and lower legs and she gave me upper body exercises to keep me going between sessions as well as the back exercises. Ask your physio to help - he/she will be only too glad. Don't get disheartened!
When my FIL had his hip replaced there was a lot of emphasis on him starting to walk again almost immediately although it was about three months before he was walking normal distances again.
Have you had your post-op check up, and are you seeing an Occupational Therapist? They should be guiding you on what exercises to do. I don't think it's a good time to cut back calories severely - you need good quality nutrition to rebuild bone and muscle.
Your body has been put through a lot recently and will need some time to regain that equilibrium. Were you happy with your size before the op and is it just the stone that you want to lose? Careful with counting calories, although this is a necessary part of losing weight, it can be disheartening and an unhealthy way to view food. My advice would be to eat 3 meals a day and focus on getting as much quality nutrition into those meals as possible. Not only will eating 'clean' help you get back to your former weight but it will help your body recover from the op and all the meds that go with it and give you more strength and energy. Make your meals vegetable focused with protein and starches as more of a side dish and you'll naturally eat a lower calorie diet whilst getting a lot of nutrition from your calories. Avoid processed foods, alcohol and sugar as much as possible. What kind of exercise were you doing pre op? Exercise doesn't have to be intense - it's just movement. If you can walk that's great, if you can move your arms then you can do some upper body strengthening...so may options and I'm happy to help if you want more specific advice. Nicola
I am not certain what you can do as far as exercise goes, but have you tried walking, that is a good way to exercise, if that is ok for you to do. You could start off with 10 minutes and then work your way up to 30 minutes per day, also swimming is a good one to do, I work with someone who has had a hip replacement and she was told swimming was a good exercise to do. Try it and good luck, as far as the food situation is concerned 1200 cals is ok as long as you get all your good foods from what you are eating. Hope this helps
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I've recently had a total hip replacement, I'm 12 wks post op, during this time I've put nearly a stone on, I've joined this site, it told me to have between 1200/1500 cals per day, I tried to stick to 1200, had tried that for 3 weeks not lost any weight, so I decided to go down to 1000/12000 cals per day, still nothing happening, can anyone HELP me and advise me what cals to have as can't exercise to help get the weight off
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