I was just curious on if anyone had any tips about losing weight before a transplant? I would like ideas on what to eat, what exercise would be best without straining myself, and have you tried diet supplements? (I wanted to before, but it’s hard to find anything like that when you have CKD).. When I was younger, I was quite “chubby” but lost all the weight. Now that I’m in my early 20s, I kinda gained back all that weight I lost 😐 My main focus would be fat about the belly area. I’m only 140 pounds but for being 5’1, I’m like a little teacup, short and stout 🤣
I do yoga! I find that it's one of the few things I can do that doesn't put any strain. I also try to use a rowing machine once or twice a week on a lower setting. I recommend Yoga with Adrienne on youtube- she has a lot of good videos for beginners too! I also go for short walks and have a fitbit that reminds me to move once every hour. It keeps me accountable and I can set a goal fairly easily. It also tracks your progress on the fitbit app on your phone!
Personally, I don't use dietary supplements, so I wouldn't know anything about that...but as for food, I try to eat lighter meals throughout the day (roughly every 2 hours). I stay away from processed foods as best I can and eat a lot of fruits and veggies. I eat a plant-based diet, so I don't eat a lot of meat- only usually with dinner and sometimes lunch if I have leftovers. I also only really drink water, with the occasional juice or soda.
I use a 90/10 policy. 90% of the time I'm very disciplined in what I eat and how I portion my food, and 10% of the time I treat myself to a soda or something (let's be real: taco bell is my weakness, so usually it's a burrito lol). I've found that it keeps me on track if I let myself splurge every once in a while. Some weeks are better than others, but holding yourself accountable is key. I recommend using myfitnesspal.com to track your progress!
I hope this helps! Good luck!
Thank you for replying! What kind of Fitbit do you have? There’s so many types lol.
The Taco Bell thing, I can second that. 🙄😂 I have a terrible problem with eating when I’m stressed.. What’s a rowing machine? I never heard of it.
& I tried to start Yoga but I can never get the energy around to start doing it. 😒
Dieting is never easy,
I am type 2 diabetic, not over weight but did have to much “belly” fat.
On a sugar free diet and sensible portion sizes. Lost 2kilos in a month and have now gone into remission for my type 2diabetes after being diabetic for 15 years.
I do walk most evenings, around 4miles brisk walking, I use a Fitbit Versa which also records my cycling.
My resting heart beat as dropped from 84 to 78 after a month of regular exercise.
Exercise does not help much with weight loss, we all eat to much sugar, bread and processed foods, cut them out gradually over a period of 2/3 months and I am sure you will find you will lose weight and feel so much better.
I have the fitbit alta I believe. It's really comfortable and it also reminds me to move every hour, which helps a lot!
A rowing machine minics the motion of rowing a boat. You sit on a seat with your feet strapped onto pedals and when you pull the pully (thing? i guess?) You also extend your legs, pushing yourself backwards up the track. It works your core, legs, glutes and arms/upper back. There's plenty of settings too! I like it because it works a lot of areas simultaneously, so you don't have to use multiple machines. You can also just push yourself backwards on the seat ( I do it all the time) if you're looking for something that gets you moving somewhat, but won't make you tired.
I also recommend getting an exercise ball! If for nothing else, they're really fun to bounce on! They can be used for a wide array of things, from stretching to exercises and posture while being low impact. I like to sit on my ball when working on my laptop so I'm still technically exercising my core and practicing coordination (it is similar to a wall sit) while checking emails and things.