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how many calories when sick?


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when you're sick, are you suposed to have more calories? if so, how much more?
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that's a good question. I usually eat LESS calories because I don't feel like eating when I'm sick... dunno what you're supposed to have though.
It depends what kind of illness you have. If you have the stomach flu, obviously you shouldn't force food down.

It's best to listen to your body. That doesn't mean you have an excuse to down chocolate at the speed of light, but it means eating what feels right. Definately get plenty of liquids. If you don't feel like eating much, have a few nuts and see how you feel. Cold fruit is usually very refreshing if you're feverish.

They say you need more calories when you are sick because in addition to performing its regular functions, your body is also working its bum off to fight whatever illness you have. Ever wonder why you feel more tired when you're sick? Also, if you undereat while your sick, not only will you take longer to recover, but you will be ravenous when you do. :P

I would just do your best to eat as many calories as you would any other day... since you will be lying around usually you won't burn as much, so no need for extra calories... and your body needs to fight infection no need for less calories...

if you can't stomach eating most things, try drinking your calories, which is also good because you should stay hydrated when you are sick (but milk and dairy is probably not good if you have a fever, it can make you feel worse)... or eating  calorie dense foods that are easy to eat to keep your calories and metabolism up

thanks Smile

I think when your sick you need to listen to your body. A lot  of times when I'm sick I can go a whole day w/o eating much because I don't feel like it, and then all of a sudden I get this INSANE hunger, which is usually when I eat, a lot. Just listen to your body. :)
i ate alot yesterday when i was sick.. and i mean like over 600 calories more than i normally eat,  and i lost 4 pounds. i didnt even exercise. so i guess it doesnt matter how much i eat when i'm sick

umm.. there is no possible way that you could lose an actual 4 pounds in one day... its mostly just water.

3500cal=1lb ...you would of had to have burnt 14 000cal in one day to lose 4 pounds, highly unlikely and pretty much impossible... sorry to disappoint you sweetie.

your decrease in weight was probably due to eating less sodium (sodium makes you retain water) and drinking more (flushes out your system)

but eating a little more then you usually do every once in a while is a great way to keep your metabolism guessing and running smoothly :)

 

my mom always told me that if I am sick, I should give my body what it craves, because generally when a person is sick their body naturally craves things that it needs to help restore your health quickly. Besides, when I am sick, I don't wanna have to worry about counting calories.
Original Post by carmenxox:

umm.. there is no possible way that you could lose an actual 4 pounds in one day... its mostly just water.

3500cal=1lb ...you would of had to have burnt 14 000cal in one day to lose 4 pounds, highly unlikely and pretty much impossible... sorry to disappoint you sweetie.

your decrease in weight was probably due to eating less sodium (sodium makes you retain water) and drinking more (flushes out your system)

but eating a little more then you usually do every once in a while is a great way to keep your metabolism guessing and running smoothly :)

 

 i'm not lying, i the scale said i lost 4 pounds, but it probably is water weight because i sweat so much at night, i have a fever of 102.1 . it sucks

it actually is not impossible to lose 4 pounds in a day. This past summer, I was sick, and I lost 9 pounds in one day. I got sick on a plane on the way to Costa Rica (I wasn't motion sick, I had a virus). By the time I got to where I was staying in costa rica, my body had lost so much weight that I was literallyhaving to hold my pants up so that they wouldn't fall off. Now, 4 of those pounds I gained back after I got better, but the other 5 pounds I have lost and not seen since, and that was almost 9 months ago.

wow that's weird, and defies everything that this site teaches haha...

well if you did in fact lose 4lbs, you will know in a few days if they come back or not.

just don't be discouraged if in fact they do come back... and don't use being sick as a way to lose weight or not eat enough, k?

I've been REALLY sick the last two weeks (the docs think my gallbladder needs to come out, but are just waiting for test results).

I have lost 13 lbs in 13 days.  Not quite as dramatic as 9 lbs in one day, but nonetheless, still not normal.  I'd like to see the weight loss as a "silver lining" lol, but I'm too busy worrying and trying to figure out what's wrong.

 

While most people will disagree, you should be eating little, if anything while you're ill.  To minimize excessive weight loss while you're not eating during illness, you can drink fruit juices and smoothies to got your calories.  Drink plenty of water aswell.

@Carmen;

I've lost 3 lbs in a day before.

&& I eat a lot more when I'm sick.

I usually consume around 3500 calories a day and i consume around 5000 calories a day when I'm sick.

The 3500 calories = 1 lb gained thing is just a generalization. I have an  fast metabolism and I eat a lot for a girl my size and weight (5'7'' around 113 lbs.)

(thank you god, for genetics.)

Anywho. I was 116 before and I've never gained that weight back.

It's been half a year and my eating habits are the same.

However, nobody should ever get sick on purpose to lose weight. Horribly unhealthy and it could lead to worse things.

I agree with most people when they say to just listen to your body.  When you're sick, your metabolism automatically speeds up to fight off whatever it is that makes you sick.  It all goes down to if you feel hungry or not.  What's important is that whether you eat a lot or not, squeeze as much fluids in there as possible to stay hydrated.  Also, if there are certain foods that are contributing to the illness, as long as you avoid that you should be fine.

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Original Post by kirsten_2k8:

While most people will disagree, you should be eating little, if anything while you're ill.  To minimize excessive weight loss while you're not eating during illness, you can drink fruit juices and smoothies to got your calories.  Drink plenty of water aswell.
Please don't write false and misleading information if you are not a doctor.If you are going to do that, make it an opinion, not a statement. My husband is an internal medicine doctor and scoffed at your post. If you are sick, your body needs calories to help fight off the sickness. The degree to which how sick the body is may burn more calories as well (so 9 lbs in 9 days is not out of the bucket).
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