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    This is an old thread I know but thought I would post any how I am a C 4/5 quad and I am in trouble weight wise.. I am at least 20 pounds overweight and haven't had any success in losing them despite various attempts at dieting. I recently purchased some wrist weights for exercise now what I really wish I had was a daily diet menu I could follow to help me stick to a plan :-)
    I can't afford the ones advertised on TV so does anyone know a place on the web where I could print out a weekly menu as a guide. .?

    Thanks for any advice, sincerely Chris
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    Find out if your physician can write a prescription for you to see a registered clinical dietitian (RD). They can help assess your dietary needs, and help you design a customized meal plan that will meet your needs.

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    Cowboy's place - Chris - hey- I don't know if you have done this already, but if you take opiates chronically for pain, that can reduce Testosterone levels, which in turn, can cause weight gain. I would have a serum Testosterone, and while you are at it, a thyroid panel blood test performed. If both are low , replacing them can aid in weight loss, especially central gut obesity (quad belly). I can't imagine how hard it must be to burn calories as a quad - I whine about how hard it is to burn calories as a para. But you got to move whatever you have a lot- which in turn, can increase pain. Ugh . I am rooting for you to succeed !

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    A dietitian would be nice!
    Meanwhile, any chance you could avoid or drastically cut down: potatoes, rice, pasta, beans? Those are high carb foods (Sugar). To get started I stopped them for two weeks, about 6 months ago. Now I put small amount on my dinner plate, or none. And, unfortunately I love them all! But my transfers are much easier.
    I do get fast food about once a week but have a kinda strategy there. For example at McDonalds I get two hamburgers (the little ones) then throw out one set of buns and place the two meat patties into one bun. I try to get the salads with grilled chicken. Taco Bell is my favorite but my strategy falls apart.
    I have studied the Food Pyramid for ideas. Found it hard to stick to a made up weekly menu, but it may be a great idea for you.
    I try to plan ahead, such as the shopping list, snacks in the fridge ready to eat (cut up celery and low carb dip like cheese or peanut butter).

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    Thank you all for the info I have a Dr apt tomorrow so I printed this out and will ask for some help.
    Courage is being scared to death but saddling up anyway. .(John Wayne)

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    I like the idea of wheel chair basketball. I wonder if there are any leagues near me.

    It looks pretty intense!
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zgSVBDeqVs4
    http://www.nwba.org/

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cowboys_Place View Post
    Thank you all for the info I have a Dr apt tomorrow so I printed this out and will ask for some help.
    arns hit the nail on the head. testosterone if your low you wont lose. I wanted to come into this hc season a bit lighter to see how it effects my speed. I've dropped 20 since January. im strict mon-thurs then eat whatever I want fr-sun. I keep a food log of all my macros. and of course increased my exercise. you can do it.
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    non-meat diet

    Quote Originally Posted by Cowboys_Place View Post
    Thank you all for the info I have a Dr apt tomorrow so I printed this out and will ask for some help.
    A vegetarian diet has done wonders for me. Not only have I been able to keep my weight under control but it has also helped a great deal with digestion and bowel functions. Good luck with the doc and a dietician but also keep in mind, lighter foods often result in lighter people.

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    Remember its not a Diet its a lifestyle change. If you diet it will constantly be a yoyo of up and down . Good Luck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by crash86 View Post
    Remember its not a Diet its a lifestyle change. If you diet it will constantly be a yoyo of up and down . Good Luck.
    So true!

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