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I'm a 68 yr old who has never had a uncontrollable weight problem however I have a chronic back problem and the last three years have had to have prednisone for polymyalgia rheumatica, found I needed bilateral hip replacements( had) and developed a heart condition - my mobility has been very limited( though I can now walk increasing( but up to a mile and a half) on crutches. Swimming is out currently. I have cut out chocolate and the minimal alcohol I drank and am trying to eat soup and fruit for lunch. It seems almost impossible to loose weight- anyone got any ideas?

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Morning Hippity

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Hi and welcome, Hippity :)

Prednisolone is a steroid, which are generally known to cause increased appetite, weight gain and fluid retention, which probably accounts a lot for your weight problems now and coupled with decreased mobility, is a double whammy! Poor you!

My advice would be to check your calorie allowance using the NHS BMI calculator and then check your portion sizes. It may be that your increased hunger, has led you to imperceptibly increase the amount that you're eating.

Don't forget that fruit contains a lot of sugar, so limit yourself to a couple of portions per day and increase your portions of vegetables instead, especially leafy greens.

Swap simple carbs for complex carbs and reduce the overall amount that you eat.

Explore the possibility of alternative exercise that you would be able to do, within your physical limitations.

I hope this helps. All the best! :)


Thanks but the depressing thing is that's just what I've done- I guess I weigh less after the morning frusimide -

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Have you asked your GP for advice?


Yes and I am doing what he said anyway- ie being careful complex carbs-


Have you thought about something like the blood sugar diet, which may be something that could kick start the weight loss for you?


Yes but you go sats cutting calories so drastically whilst on steroids is not an option- perhaps I just have to be patient

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Hi Hippity I've replied on your other message. I've been on steroids on and off or years. I have the experience, the moon face, the weight gain and how to combat it.

Really though don't try any rediculous calorie counting as suggested already. You've got enough going on to cope with and being overweight is not because you are eating too many calories! In fact any reduction from normal will hinder your progress to get well again. Your body needs the nutrition and the steroids are designed to help your body take them in.

You need a wide variety of vitamins from fruit and vegetables as you know so don't cut them down.

Deal with the hunger pangs by eating little and often on snacks such as carrot sticks, avocado etc. It regulates blood sugar to stay steady all day and reduces the need for you to have big plates of food later which could be filled more if you were really hungry.

I've mentioned gentle walks and yoga in my other reply. But rest, get well.

But please don't diet whilst on steroids it really goes against your health. You need strength and energy to recover.

Big hugs xxx


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