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    losing weight in a wheelchair

    I've been having trouble losing weight and im wondering if my disability has something to do with it. I'm eating well below my maintenance calories so I should be losing weight yet it isn't coming off the way I want.

    not sure if this is the right forum for this so I put in two forums...

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    It could be your meds, depends on what your taking or maybe (I'm not a doctor) a thyroid issue. I lost weight when I reduced by Neurontin. Good luck!

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    meds can cause gain of weight... i barely eat and still have had some lbs i would love to get rid of!
    "All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing" ~ edmund burker

    c4-5 quad

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    It might be a combination of both you disability limiting you physical activity and your medications. Many meds have weight gain as a side effect, so you might want to check that out. Also, how active are you? Do you have a home exercise program? Play wheelchair sports? Just plain push your wheelchair? All of these activities can help to tone up and strengthen muscles, and also to help lose weight.

    Also, although you may not eat much - what does your diet consist of? Sometimes, the food that is eaten is high in fat, carbs and calories....

    CKF

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    I've had the same problem, trying to lose weight. I think the inactivity from being in the chair is part of my problem. Recently I join weight watchers and have lost 8 pounds. I know it's not that much but it's some. Maybe you can try a weight lose program too. And exercise if you're not already doing that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Camille View Post
    Recently I join weight watchers and have lost 8 pounds. I know it's not that much but it's some.

    Don't kid yourself, that is a good amout of weight to have lost. Nice work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eric.S View Post
    I've been having trouble losing weight and im wondering if my disability has something to do with it. I'm eating well below my maintenance calories so I should be losing weight yet it isn't coming off the way I want.

    not sure if this is the right forum for this so I put in two forums...
    Exercise is the key component we are missing by being in a wheelchair. Like most able body people I go through my kicks of eating right and exercising then I blow it for a few months than back on it again. I try to never get to heavy if my clothes get tight I cut back till they fit loose again. I try to use my arm cycle for some cardio and have devised a complete upper body workout with theraband and thumb weights that I can do in about two hours. I know others ride hand cycles, stand, push their chair, swim and some even can walk a little.

    A few products have helped me not be so starving all the time and still be able to eat when I need something. I can find them all at good prices between Costco, Walmart or Albertsons.

    Lots of water about 128 oz a day
    Fruit – I like apples, pears, bananas and black plumbs

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    http://www.yoplait.com/products_light.aspx

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    Working out.

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    Nice job Camille, it's not easy to take off weight and I think 8 pounds is doing pretty good.

    I'm in the chair only part of the time and stuggle with weight loss. I think CKF is right, I don't eat much, but could be making way better choices. I think I could do better at the exercises too.

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    You have to get your heart rate up and sustain it for 20 minutes or more a
    day. That works for me. I use a stationary handcycle for at least an hour a
    day (level 10-12 resistance on a motomed) and cycle 20 miles. It was sort of
    discouraged by a sci nurse on here before but, I wear a hooded sweatshirt
    and a sauna suit top during the exercise. I'm drenched in sweat and my hands
    are numb when I'm done.

    I've never had an issue wearing the suana top in the last two years that I've
    used it, and I'm still not sure why breaking a sweat (for those who can still
    sweat) faster than you would without the suana top is dangerous.

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