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|Weight Loss||Weight loss from illness...will it stay off?||Oct 05 2007
I felt compelled to reply b/c I had the stomach flu for about 3 days in June and lost about 6 pounds and in a twisted way kind of liked having lost it so easily! You are losing mostly water (dehydration) and a little fat and muscle due to the slowing of your metabolism from lack of activity and not eating as many calories as you should be (b/c obviously you're puking them up). You can, however, use this misfortune of being sick to your advantage and use it as a platform to reprogram yourself to eat in a way that will get your metabolism going like crazy and you can keep it off.
Start eating small meals (around 300 calories each) frequently throughout the day, starting early in the morning and eating about every 2.5-3 hours stopping about 3 hours before you go to bed. Stay away from starchy things like bread, rice, pasta, and potatoes unless of course that is all you can keep down at the moment- the important thing for you right now is simply eating again and eating frequently. Fruit, veggies, lean meats, and whole grain pastas and breads are the way to go if you can (literally) stomach them. Start walking a bit every day until you feel 100% and then add in your weight training and cardio like you were doing (I assume) before you got sick.
You will most likely gain the weight back and then some due to your now incredibly-slow metabolism if you go back to eating "normally" (hate to break it to you) but give this a shot and good luck!