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Losing weight when you can't exercise

marmaladeishere Community member Posts: 1 Listener

I have massive mobility issues and rely on my mum to take me out otherwise im stuck at home. I am overweight and that it written in hospital letters. I am trying to lose weight but it seems really difficult when I cant do physical exercise. I have changed my diet drastically (most note worthy cutting out fizzy drinks and only drinking water and 1% milk). Does anyone have any suggestions  about how to lose weight?

Many thanks 


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  • ClaiireLouiise
    ClaiireLouiise Community member Posts: 33 Connected
    Hi @marmaladeishere>

    Welcome to the community :) Good to have you here! 
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  • topshoes
    topshoes Community member Posts: 442 Pioneering
    edited November 2018
    Hi @marmaladeishere and a warm welcome , you are asking some thing now , what can i say , about losing weight , you could dance when doing the house work , i have been told thats good  , cut out sugar , all fat things like crisps , cakes and so on , you could do your own exercising what you know what you can do and do that with music, you could get dvds on exercising second ones x
  • topshoes
    topshoes Community member Posts: 442 Pioneering
    edited November 2018
    you could even look on you tube and see what they got on there , but what ever you start make sure you take in water , when you go food shopping look on the back of the pk you will see white, red ,green and amber , white amber green is low where red is a no no x  
  • thespiceman
    thespiceman Community member Posts: 6,379 Disability Gamechanger
    Hello @marmaladeishere Pleased to meet you welcome.

    Thank you for joining and sharing. The most important aspect of losing any weight is make sure you do this right.

    I would suggest speak to your local council . They have a wellbeing community service. Which involves a team of people who look after all health and related matters concerning the community.

    I had addiction issues contacted them due to losing muscle weakness though addiction and need to find safe ways and diet to make me well.

    Knew a lot my health but need guidance, information and support.

    They would be interested in helping you because a lot of their clientele are disabled, mentally ill and have other issues as well.

    Understand they will look at your diet, lifestyle work with you and keep you on the right track.  You want the right advice, the correct way to seek help.

    I know you want to do this but please I want to say good luck and best wishes. What ever you do.

    I can also say if I can advise also please ask me anything.  I have an extensive knowledge of food and diet. Having through this organisation gained some qualifications on health.

    Have a look at my posts and recipes.

    Do and have used them where ever I have moved to. I know you mentioned doing exercise there are ways and means to do exercise but . What you need is the professional help. Please also speak to your Doctors and these people.

    Because you need to consider doing this right, safety is important with any exercise, diet programme.  As you can imagine this is my concern.   I do not want to alarm you but you need to understand and be safe as I said because your body is not used to adapting to lifestyle changes. Needs to be done slowly and carefully. 

    The service is free and also may look at other aspects of your life. You getting the benefits you need access you and sign post you to organisations that benefit your well being.

    I apologise long post but this is the best option. I have used them myself every time if I need advice , information and I have lots of experience of health and qualifications.

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  • Ami2301
    Ami2301 Community member Posts: 7,935 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @marmaladeisherw welcome to the community!

    I have struggled with my weight all my life, this year I have cut out fizzy, chocolate, crisps, chips (I used to eat chips daily, now once a week) and three meals a day is really good. I've managed to stay the same weight for 6 months now.

    You have been given some great tips from other members! :)
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  • Pippa_Alumni
    Pippa_Alumni Scope alumni Posts: 5,790 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @marmaladeishere, and a warm welcome to the community!

    Thanks for sharing this with us, I'm sure many of our other community members will be able to relate to your experiences. Hopefully they will be able to share their tips with you.

    It sounds like you're being really proactive in trying to lose weight, which is great! There doesn't seem to be a great deal of resources out there, but I did find this page of tips on how to lose weight with a physical disability. And, though it might not be relevant to your specific condition, lots of my friends speak highly of Yoga, My Bed and M.E. Might be worth a look! 

    Please do let us know how you get on, and if you find something that works for you, we'd love to hear about it!
  • Matilda
    Matilda Community member Posts: 2,593 Disability Gamechanger
    edited November 2018
    I have lost several kilos over several months by taking three sea kelp tablets a day. They regulate weight. People say I look slimmer. Quite cheap and available from Holland & Barrett.

    Another tip. It takes 20 minutes for the stomach to tell the brain that it's full. So stop eating before you are full and wait 20 minutes.
  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Community member Posts: 57,196 Disability Gamechanger
    You don't need to do exercise to lose weight. I lost more than 7 stone through nothing more than healthy eating. I did no exercise at all because i can't do it, my health isn't good and i'm unable to walk far without severe pain.

    Exercise will make you lose inches but not the pounds. By exercising you gain muscle because the fat turns to muscle. Muscle weighs heavier than fat.

    Healthy eating is the only way to lose the excess pounds. I chose the fat free option and cut out everything that contained fat. No bread, butter, fats, processed food, cheese, crisps, chocolate etc.  Still had some treats but extremely limited. I drink fizzy drinks but the sugar free ones and never ever drink water. Losing all that weight hasn't made my mobility easier and my pain levels are still through the roof. The only difference it made for me was smaller clothes, and emotionally feeling better with the way i look. Mirrors easier to look into etc.
    I would appreciate it if members wouldn't tag me please. I have all notifcations turned off and wouldn't want a member thinking i'm being rude by not replying.
    If i see a question that i know the answer to i will try my best to help.
  • victoriafinney
    victoriafinney Community member Posts: 22 Connected
    I can't walk due to pain. I am vegetarian and my breakfast is a small helping of chia seeds. Lunch and dinner Vegetarian meals. Very little alcohol. No coffee. No fizz. I have severely impaired mobility and weight 9.5 stone. 
  • Deb21
    Deb21 Community member Posts: 5 Listener
    I have been referred to a program for dietary advice and seated exercise, it's a self referral thing called Everyone Health. I start this coming week. The nutritionalists discuss food groups, emotional eating, long term healthy eating. It's so difficult xx
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    [Deleted User] Posts: 118 Listener
    Hi there so impressed with how people are dealing with weight . it is so inspiring as i am so upset with my weight gain and due to pain very inactive.victoriafinney i too am vegetarian what would be a typical veg meal? and how much chia and with what would you use?
  • Topkitten
    Topkitten Community member Posts: 1,285 Pioneering
    I have posted a number of times on this and there is a simple, but not easy, solution.

    Exercise makes little difference to weight so don't worry about that. Eat regular small meals and nothing in between. What you eat is irrelevant but if it's what is classed as "poor" food then you simply eat less still. Weight is a function of stomach size, hence the operations people have, and you can shrink it yourself but you need to go hungry a lot of the time. People will not go hungry nowadays and hence so many have weight problems.

    I have little or no mobility and eat what would be called a horrendously fattening diet of ALL the wrong things ALL the time and yet have lost a great deal of weight and continue to do so. The only time I don't lose is when I do not allow hunger to be constantly "knocking at the door". Diet is a choice unless driven by illness and anything can be acceptable if eaten in small enough quantities.

    The way I have lost so much has been slow and my body has adjusted so that I can now only eat a fraction of what I used to without feeling ill. The really hard part is going hungry and not letting those around you convince you that you don't need to. If you really want to lose weight you must go hungry and the longer you do it the easier it gets. However, so many of those around us will keep encouraging us to eat more and this is a hangover from when rationing was removed. People now simply do not get that eating too much and weighing too much is very unhealthy and diets are, at best, a temporary fix and not a cure. When people have had enough of the diet they just go back to eating what made them overweight in the first place.

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  • siobhan1
    siobhan1 Community member Posts: 79 Pioneering
    I have POTS as well as mobility problems meaning that excercise is difficult for me because when it isn't painful I just get a fast heart rate and faint. I have also put on a lot of weight. Excercise is good for your body and heart but to lose weight the best way to do it is eating less. Once thing I have had to accept in grieving for my old healthy life is that I can't move as much and therefore my body needs less energy. I would work out how much you need to eat to lose weight using free apps like my fitness pal. Log everything you eat and if you go over one day don't worry about it. I would also look at balanced recipes such as the NHS smart recipe app. Some are a bit rubbish but they're nutritionally balanced. If you can't excercise at all can you do stretches to improve your overall health? Ask your doctor to refer you to physio and they will tailor an excerciseplan for you and maybe refer you to a gym for a discounted membership to even walk along the pool if you can't swim. The buoyancy helps with pain and the resistance of the water works your muscles and you may not feel like you've done anything but the day after you will definitely feel it working.good luck.
  • uniquejourney
    uniquejourney Community member Posts: 14 Connected
    try Palo diet and cutting out sugar, it really help me feel better not even from a weight stand point.
    The palo diet and intermittent fasting meant my dad is now out of a wheelchair after 12 years and being told he would never get better. and he is now sooo much better. please message me if you want more information, i don't want to overload you and i cant say you will better cause i haven't but i can just tell you it really helps no matter what happens.
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