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Loosing weight without exercising

Have just read through the 12 week plan. I know I need to lose a considerable amount of weight and understand healthy eating and counting calories, but there is a great emphasis on exercise, which due to being disabled and walking with a crutch, I am unable to do. I struggle to walk a short distance. Has anybody undertaken this plan without being able to exercise?

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Hi and welcome, Romany :)

Fortunately it's very possible to lose weight with a disability and I invite you to read this

healthunlocked.com/nhsweigh...

I'd like to invite you to join our Newbie Club, which we hope will be a good place for you to connect with members, who are also just starting out. If you just post a few words to introduce yourself and respond to others there, you'll soon break the ice. Here's the link

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You'll find all the information you need to navigate the forum in the header, so please take the time to read it carefully.

Wishing you all the best :)

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I lost 16 lbs so far without exercise. It's been slow for 17 weeks but it's still down.

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Hi and welcome Romany7

I see moreless has already pointed you towards one of my posts. I too am unable to exercise because of disability but the great news is it's entirely possible to lose weight without moving at all! Many of us have additional barriers to losing weight, disability or mobility problems, long-term illness, thyroid problems et cetera. This just means that we have to concentrate far more on what we are eating.

I started my weight loss journey at 14 stone - 5 and a half years ago. I was 49 years old and had been trying to lose weight all of my life since the age of 9. I am just 4ft 9" tall because of my disability.

I did this through calorie counting and logging/weighing all of my food.

Then re-gained some, lost some again and have now managed to more or less maintain for the past 6 months.

BUT... ideally I would love to drop another stone and maintain there.

My disability which makes exercise difficult, but the one thing that I realise very early on in my journey was that I was just eating FAR TOO MUCH! I was a short, middle aged, sedentary female and I was eating the same as 5ft 9" active man (my now husband!).

No wonder I was piling on the weight!

Here are a few of my past posts which I hope you will find helpful and inspiring. I won't try and tell you that my journey was easy - and you'll see that there were many blips along the way, but 5 years down the line, I feel about 20 years younger than I did when I was lugging around 4 stone more.

Please do pop back to the forums and share your journey with us - we are here for you, day and night and happy to share your success or support you when you need it.

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Thank you for your reply. I have read your various blogs and realise you are saying that if you can't exercise you just have to eat even less! I think I will struggle with this and would probably need to only eat around 600 calories a day! I can move around the house with my crutch but can only walk very short distances before I am in pain. I did once try a Pilates taster but nearly fell over a couple of times because my left leg will not support me (due to a hip revision that went wrong and caused irreparable damage to the muscles.) Just standing washing up or preparing vegetables causes me pain in a very short time. At the present time I am also recovering from a mastectomy for breast cancer and face another one for prevention as I have the BRCA 2 gene (the prone to breast and ovarian cancer gene). My gynaecologist wants me to lose weight so he can remove my ovaries as a precaution. I try to eat healthily with plenty of veg and no potatoes for my dinner. I don't drink milk or eat anything made with it, except for the very occasional sauce, so have been told to eat dairy foods to get some calcium. That said I don't eat many eggs and not that much cheese. I do eat bread and enjoy bacon for breakfast some days but cut as much fat off it as possible. (I have dry cure back which doesn't have much fat on it anyway.) I think I'm just going to have to do what I can as I know I'm going to find it difficult to weigh everything. I live on my own and have no-one to help me at all (apart from a gardener and cleaner - haven't been able to push a vacuum cleaner for many years before all this happened 7 years ago due to a back injury in the 60's!) and sometimes just have to stop what I'm doing and go and sit down. I go to luncheon clubs twice a month and I would miss these as it's a chance to get out and have a bit of social life. (Unfortunately I am not a great lover of salads and this is the one time I like potatoes with my meal!) I know this all sounds very negative but while I try to have a positive outlook sometimes I just have to be realistic.

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Hi Romany

I am very much like you, I can’t exercise because of pain I have practically become a hermit only go out if someone is with me. The silly thing is I can go all day and not even think about food don’t feel hungry but because I don’t sleep at night hardly which seems to be getting worse that is my time I am bored so I wonder what I can eat so go looking In the cupboards. I have decided not to have stuff in them now that I would normally eat if I was picking. My other problem is the minute I think diet or healthy eating I can’t stop thinking about food and I really need to stop this. I have put some weight on this year and just don’t feel comfortable I don’t normally weigh myself I go by how my clothes fit if they are tight I know I have gained weight then I best myself up about it. I know every diet there is and can advise others as well as tell them they must lose weight for health reasons etc. But when it comes to myself I let myself down all the time. I did try earlier this year as my son was gettting married I literally stuck to a plan for 5 weeks no cheats my head was in the right place and I literally lost nothing and I think that has totally thrown me and I just can’t seem to get my head in it again. It’s always so easy to put weight on but so hard to lose it!

Good luck I am going to try and get into this as I am really unhappy with the way I look and feel.

Jackie

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Thanks for your reply, but although I don't sleep well, once I have had my dinner at night I am quite happy to sit with a couple of glasses of water and don't go to bed feeling hungry. I do find it a bit depressing reading the daily comments as they all seem to be from people who are doing exercise. I have decided to do my own thing and gradually try and reduce things and cut out some carbs For me there is no point in trying to do it all at once, it just won't happen. I have lost a lb since Monday despite going out for lunch yesterday (it had been pre-ordered so there was nothing I could do about it.} I am pleased to see though that some of you are having peanut butter (I prefer cashew nut butter) and a square of dark chocolate!

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Romany7 have you had a chance to look at the nhs bmi calculator to see what your personal calorie allowance range is yet? nhs.uk/Tools/Pages/Healthyw... (allowance appears on the screen below your bmi score). You might find that you are able to have more than 600 calories and still lose weight without having to exercise.

Also for meal ideas take a look at the daily diary posts as there are some great ideas in there of things to eat that keep you feeling fuller for longer 😊 I hope this helps, and I wish you lots of luck along the way 🍀

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Thank you for your reply. I have looked at BMI calculator, already knew my BMI is far too high, but I am amazed to see that it says I can eat between 1806 and 2322 calories a day! I assume though that this takes into account that you will be exercising which of course is not an option for me unfortunately. I have had a look through the recipes and there are one or two that I may use.

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