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Diet help!!!!

Hi everyone, Hope you are all as well as you can be. I need help to get motivated in losing weight. I am your classic yo-yo dieter. I lost a couple of stone last year but with my bout of depression over the last few months I have put it back on again. Trouble is I use food as a comfort ( mostly junk) but now I can’t get into my clothes and I do know when I eat sensibly I do feel I can cope better with my ms. The thought of a slimming class fills me with dread. I have problems with balance standing on my own scales. Has anyone tried online dieting? I know I need to do something. Any ideas most appreciated. It’s a nice day in Aberdeen. Mags xx

Hi Mags, it’s one of the most depressing effects of having MS I think… bad enough putting up with all the symptoms but to see myself about 3 stone heavier than before MS is very difficult. I mean the medication we are on often has weight gain as side effect and then can’t exercise … or walk let alone jog to lose weight. I did once take a look at Weightwatchers online but once again the diet was combined with exercise… although I assume if you follow their calorie points system you would lose weight anyway… but more slowly. IF you can exercise then of course that half the battle. Googling about Amitriptyline (which I’m on) recently I did find a link that said that cutting out salt from the diet will help you lose weight on Amitriptyline. Not sure if that’s true… but that presents another problem for me. As my fatigue is so bad I often eat ready meals which are usually loaded with salt. I have bought that 50% salt but not had any weight loss. One of our users Poll has had some success with Slimmers World, but I think she attended a group. Hopefully she’ll see your post. Sorry I can’t give any tips… if only I could. I have just been working on accepting my weight and not beating myself up about it. I’ve even stopped weighing myself. I NEVER buy biscuits, cake, crisps, pizza or anything like that… but as many people on here know, I do have a love of chocolate but even then only indulge myself about once a week. Hope you get some useful advice… but I know it’s a problem which nearly all of us struggle with. Pat xx

Hi pat, I am not on any medication for ms yet. I find I have been coping quite well up to recently without it but that could change as stiffness and fatigue and sore legs have become problematic. I have an appointment with the ms nurse in a fortnight. I am on Levothyroxine for an under active thyroid though. It took me months last year to lose some weight and I think I just gave up the ghost. I bought an exercise DVD for ms sufferers but don’t think I did it often enough to have any impact. I might dig it out again. My main problem is on my days off ( I work 3 days) I will try and do some housework get tired half way through a task, sit down, get bored and say “what the hell!!” Go and make myself a cup of tea and a biscuit or three. Mags xx

It’s so hard Mags… but thinking about it I was a bit daft to say ‘the most depressing effects of MS’… think I would like to dump some of the symptoms even if it meant keeping the weight! Another thing is when fatigue is bad the body craves carbohydrates for energy… doesn’t help… esp as toast, breakfast cereals etc are sometimes the only things I have the energy to make. I don’t know what the answer is but good luck with the MS nurse. Gorgeous day in London, Pat xx

Mags and Pat I’m in exactly the same predicament. Since I had my neck surgery and got my ms dx (so two years now) I’ve picked up 3 stone and hate it. I’ve never been overweight in my life, always been able to eat what I want and burn it off. I haven’t a clue how to get rid of it either and cringe when I see my reflection. I get a lot of pain in my legs and can’t walk far either so most exercise is out. I eat loads of fruit but can’t shift it. I’m going to follow your post eagerly in case someone has any good ideas if that’s okay.

Gorgeous weather in the Lakes, spent the morning at a car boot sale, came home with a few CDs and talking books. Now to find time to listen them. I’m dog sitting for my parents for the week while my dad goes to Christies for his operation. Hopefully taking him for regular walks will burn a few calories, if it does I’m kidnapping him until I’m down sized. Take care.

Cath xx

Mags and Pat I’m in exactly the same predicament. Since I had my neck surgery and got my ms dx (so two years now) I’ve picked up 3 stone and hate it. I’ve never been overweight in my life, always been able to eat what I want and burn it off. I haven’t a clue how to get rid of it either and cringe when I see my reflection. I get a lot of pain in my legs and can’t walk far either so most exercise is out. I eat loads of fruit but can’t shift it. I’m going to follow your post eagerly in case someone has any good ideas if that’s okay.

Gorgeous weather in the Lakes, spent the morning at a car boot sale, came home with a few CDs and talking books. Now to find time to listen them. I’m dog sitting for my parents for the week while my dad goes to Christies for his operation. Hopefully taking him for regular walks will burn a few calories, if it does I’m kidnapping him until I’m down sized. Take care.

Cath xx

Mags and Pat I’m in exactly the same predicament. Since I had my neck surgery and got my ms dx (so two years now) I’ve picked up 3 stone and hate it. I’ve never been overweight in my life, always been able to eat what I want and burn it off. I haven’t a clue how to get rid of it either and cringe when I see my reflection. I get a lot of pain in my legs and can’t walk far either so most exercise is out. I eat loads of fruit but can’t shift it. I’m going to follow your post eagerly in case someone has any good ideas if that’s okay.

Gorgeous weather in the Lakes, spent the morning at a car boot sale, came home with a few CDs and talking books. Now to find time to listen them. I’m dog sitting for my parents for the week while my dad goes to Christies for his operation. Hopefully taking him for regular walks will burn a few calories, if it does I’m kidnapping him until I’m down sized. Take care.

Cath xx

Mags and Pat I’m in exactly the same predicament. Since I had my neck surgery and got my ms dx (so two years now) I’ve picked up 3 stone and hate it. I’ve never been overweight in my life, always been able to eat what I want and burn it off. I haven’t a clue how to get rid of it either and cringe when I see my reflection. I get a lot of pain in my legs and can’t walk far either so most exercise is out. I eat loads of fruit but can’t shift it. I’m going to follow your post eagerly in case someone has any good ideas if that’s okay.

Gorgeous weather in the Lakes, spent the morning at a car boot sale, came home with a few CDs and talking books. Now to find time to listen them. I’m dog sitting for my parents for the week while my dad goes to Christies for his operation. Hopefully taking him for regular walks will burn a few calories, if it does I’m kidnapping him until I’m down sized. Take care.

Cath xx

Mags and Pat I’m in exactly the same predicament. Since I had my neck surgery and got my ms dx (so two years now) I’ve picked up 3 stone and hate it. I’ve never been overweight in my life, always been able to eat what I want and burn it off. I haven’t a clue how to get rid of it either and cringe when I see my reflection. I get a lot of pain in my legs and can’t walk far either so most exercise is out. I eat loads of fruit but can’t shift it. I’m going to follow your post eagerly in case someone has any good ideas if that’s okay.

Gorgeous weather in the Lakes, spent the morning at a car boot sale, came home with a few CDs and talking books. Now to find time to listen them. I’m dog sitting for my parents for the week while my dad goes to Christies for his operation. Hopefully taking him for regular walks will burn a few calories, if it does I’m kidnapping him until I’m down sized. Take care.

Cath xx

Good grief, only pressed post once, sorry about that, someone somewhere has realised how urgently I need to lose weight.

Cath xx

haha don’t worry about it. I’ve done same many many times! Glad you’ve had a nice day. Me too. Haven’t done anything much but nice and relaxed and a good friend visited for a while. Really gorgeous out and not unbearably hot. Heard loads of happy Arsenal fans beeping horns all day. Pat xx

Hi Maggie, Like Pat and Cath I’ve put on three stone over the years since my dx. I’ve also tried various diets. All, sadly, to no avail. Like Pat, I’ve had to learn to accept it because I’m convinced it’s medication and lack of mobility, I eat small portions and I eat as healthily as possible, lots of fruit, vegetable juice and salads…what more can we do? I don’t think I could eat less… I also find eating too little can have a very detrimental effect on my MS. The reason I continue to be relatively careful is that I have found it difficult to come to terms with and if possible I’d like not for it to become four stone! I do confess I , like Pat, have a serious liking for chocolate but I do limit it. I did once give it up for a year and lost not one ounce. I do wish you luck and PLEASE if you should find the magic answer come back and let us know. Take care, Nina x

Mags I am in bed replying with cop of tea and four cheese biscuits Something woke us up so Heather makes tea, it’s a viscous circle. I like Pat AM far heavier than before my MS I am about five stone over. Trouble with me is I follow my youngest Grandson’ s diet he when asked WHAT he wants to eat always replies CAKE in the vain hope he will get some when challenged by his mum he says well you did ask me what I wanted!

I am unable to walk and in a wheelchair my hands are getting arthritis so it’s now an electric one .it’s hard not to gain weight, the biscuits are my downfall. I must admit to having given up, its just to hard but I did try a calorie diary type diet all the calories are available online, it was a real faf but it did make me change my intake and that did make a difference. My problem is will power sorry I have no answer and no I haven’t tried online other than counting calories. Just finished my tea and got one novice left maybe I am subconsciously starting to diet, one biscuit at a time. NITE

Mags I am in bed replying with cop of tea and four cheese biscuits Something woke us up so Heather makes tea, it’s a viscous circle. I like Pat AM far heavier than before my MS I am about five stone over. Trouble with me is I follow my youngest Grandson’ s diet he when asked WHAT he wants to eat always replies CAKE in the vain hope he will get some when challenged by his mum he says well you did ask me what I wanted!

I am unable to walk and in a wheelchair my hands are getting arthritis so it’s now an electric one .it’s hard not to gain weight, the biscuits are my downfall. I must admit to having given up, its just to hard but I did try a calorie diary type diet all the calories are available online, it was a real faf but it did make me change my intake and that did make a difference. My problem is will power sorry I have no answer and no I haven’t tried online other than counting calories. Just finished my tea and got one novice left maybe I am subconsciously starting to diet, one biscuit at a time. NITE

Hi all, I was the same and put on two stone after being finished from work. I don’t know if any of you are on facebook but there are pages to help if you want to do Slimming World. I have lost a stone and I’m aiming for another 7lb as my next goal. The page is not an official Slimming World page but it’s run by fellow dieters, I think they have quite a few thousand on now. Some go to class and some like me do it from home. If you type ’ SW Diaries & Selling’ into the search bar, it should come up. They have files that are full of receipes and ideas. It’s helpful though if you can go to one class, just to get the books or get someone to go for you.

Thanks for that, will have a look and give it a go.

Cath xx

Hi all, hope you are well. I am determined to lose some weight so I think I will try Scottish slimmers online although it does say try and do 30 mins a day moderate exercise. So I will dig out that ms DVD I have somewhere and see how it goes. I am looking after my grandson today while his mum is at work. So we will have an exercise class. Not sure how much I can do but it will keep him happy. Lovely day in aberdeen. Salad days are here!! Mags xx

Hope you had a good time with your grandson

Hope you had a good time with your grandson

Hi

I’m probably going to irritate all of you by stating this, but I’m over a stone lighter post diagnosis than I was before, despite my diet remaining pretty much the same. My neuro reckons it’s because my muscles have to work twice as hard as before in order for me to do basic day to day stuff such as walking, stairs, lifting, carrying, standing, balancing etc.

HOWEVER, he did acknowledge that 2 things I do certainly help to keep the weight off, which are;

  1. Regular exercise sessions (whatever you’re capable of doing, just so long as it makes you drip with sweat for 20-30 minutes 4 times a week) and

  2. Zero sugar. Just cut it down to the bare minimum, so no cakes, biscuits, chocolate, sweets, fizzy drinks or juices etc. By way of compensation, be more relaxed about how many carbs such as crisps, bread etc you can have. You have to have some enjoyment after all!

Take care

CP