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Weight Loss while in a cast?!?! =/


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So here's the story...I'm in a lovely cast (sarcasm) on my left foot and can't put any weight on it! I'll be on crutches for the next 6 wks, which is messing up my weight loss flow. I've been losing weight for about a month now and now I'm afraid that I won't be able to lose weight as easily as I was before the cast.

Btw I'm a senior in college, but my school's only 30 minutes from my parents home so I've been going there on the weekends to use the stationary bike. :) I'm 5'8 and started at 172 and last week I was 162!

It's kinda hard to balance one foot on the scale, but somehow i managed yesterday.lol And the sucker went up about 5 pounds (but I'm not freaking out b/c the cast adds weight, plus my foot is swollen so thats extra too) 

Do you think I can still manage to lose the 2 pounds a week I was losing before????

And what should I do for workouts during the week at school???

P.S. I think if I increase my water intake a tiny bit more (i already drink 8-10 oz a day) and maybe add more fruits and veggies that could compensate for the lack of hours in the gym. Idk just a thought...

All advice welcomed! :)

(edit: i meant 80-100 oz a day)

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I definitly would increase in fruit and veggies you can also make smoothies or juice and would greatly help with your weight loss goal and also give you lots of energy.I have 2 days juicing and I lost 5 pounds already.Hope you get well soon.

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How many calories were you eating before?

8-10 oz of water a day isn't very much. 

Just sort of brain storming here.  Does your school have a weight room?  Crutching around equipment might suck but you can probably do bicep curls, shoulder presses, and other upper body stuff.  Form might be awkward at first if you're used to driving your foot into the floor during them.

Speaking from experience...working out in a cast sucks. Even if you don't work out they start to smell...Febreeze sport doesn't really help much on it either.

From a personal standpoint:

I would probably want to scale back my goal to 1 lb or maintaining at least the first couple weeks while you heal.  Making sure you have enough fuel to rebuild your foot in the short run makes it quicker for you to walk around and do normal workouts.  I'd keep an eye on calcium intake for a bit too.

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Just sort of brain storming here.  Does your school have a weight room?  Crutching around equipment might suck but you can probably do bicep curls, shoulder presses, and other upper body stuff.  Form might be awkward at first if you're used to driving your foot into the floor during them.

Speaking from experience...working out in a cast sucks. Even if you don't work out they start to smell...Febreeze sport doesn't really help much on it either.

From a personal standpoint:

I would probably want to scale back my goal to 1 lb or maintaining at least the first couple weeks while you heal.  Making sure you have enough fuel to rebuild your foot in the short run makes it quicker for you to walk around and do normal workouts.  I'd keep an eye on calcium intake for a bit too.

This, this, a thousand times this.

Don't worry about losing weight for a little while.  Eat healthy, maintain your weight (might be good for your metabolism, anyway) and heal up.  Healing is the most important thing right now, the weight loss will be easier to pick up again once you're ambulatory :)

cecinewyork i definitely need the boost of energy! great advice thanks :)

i meant 80-100 oz in water btw (oops)!

sincendiary yeah we do have a weight room...i've thought about going in there but im just so self-conscience w/ these crutches. everywhere i go ppl stare at me.lol as much as i hate to admit it.. the maintaining idea is smart although i really dont want to.haha oh and good thinkin w/ the calcium especially since i was feeling a bit weak today!

thanks to vbeattie too :)

Hope you're back on your feet soon!  :)

Always can wear ear buds and zone out the other people. Smile

Can always poke the staring people in the eye with a crutch too...not that I condone that sort of thing or anything.

Crunches or resistance bands outside of the gym are about all I can think of :) 

Bands are pretty cheap and can mimic most of the seated weight room exercises I was thinking of.

 

Thanks for sharing all this things..!!!

I had lost 50 pounds through the beginning of the year up untill 3 weeks ago when I injured my ankle.

I was doing the P90 workouts and eating 2000-2200 cals a day and losing all year until my ankle incident. I decided since I couldnt work out very effectively I would reduce my calories focus on nutrient rich foods and rest my body.

(FYI I am a 28yr old male, 6'7" tall, started at 295 was down to 245 when the ankle broke and over the past three weeks have actually continued 2 pds a week and am at 239 this am.)

I reduced my calories from 2K or just over to 1500-1700 a day. It is a little shock to my metabolism I think and is helping to maintain the weightloss through the injury. I'm about to come out of the walking boot and hoping to be back to at least light excercise in a week and will pick up my cals when that happens slowly maybe 1900 the first week, then back to my 2000-2200.

Depending on the calorie level you were losing at with excercise this may be an option for you as well; but if you were at 1200 cals before with excercise or something low already I wouldnt reccomend reducing more. Then just maintain, do what you can and remember this is a lifestyle change not just a quick diet for a couple months if you want the results to stick around for any amount of time.

I also believe that extra water and fruits will do the trick. Because i have seen many people who has little time to exercise but loosing weight bye following a very good diet chart. So I think you will also succeed to do that. May be the weight loss will not be very significant but I am sure you will not gain any more. But follow a good diet chart made by a diet consultant strictly.

 

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