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April 23, 2012 1:36 AM
Hi all, need some advice. I'm currently undergoing a series of Bowen Therapies to fix some Sciatica/piriformis pain and Plantar Fasciitis (heel pain) and have been advised to stop ALL strenuous exercise save some gentle walking! I've been going to Curves Gym 3-5 times a week which is pretty much All strength machines with some cardio on rest stations so I'm really concerned my weightloss will slow right down to a crawl. I'm 259lbs and really want to lose 80-90lb to have one more child. Any suggestions as to how I'm going to acheive this?
  21020198
April 23, 2012 10:12 AM
It is possible to lose weight just with diet alone. You might not get the physical appearance you are looking for though but you can do it for the time being. Just watch your calories and drink a TON of water. Building muscle helps to burn more calories but if you are unable to exercise for the time being then do what you have to do. I would definitly do the gentle walking everyday though.
  4909332
April 24, 2012 1:52 AM
Thanks!
I recently heard if you drink 1 litre for every 10kgs you need to lose it will help too, confirming your advice! mind you drinking 4litres is daunting!!!

Thanks again!!!
  21020198
April 24, 2012 5:17 AM
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It is possible to lose weight just with diet alone.
I would definitly do the gentle walking everyday though.


i've been told that exercise is only 10% of weight loss. eat within your calorie goal by making smart food choices & log everything in your food diary. i used to have a curves membership and i do think its possible to do it and keep it very low impact. I did curves up untill my ninth month of pregancy. my doc just told me to maintain a lower heart rate. skip the machines that hurt and do the cool down/cardio stations slowly. maybe just go 3 times/week. if nothing else walk. good luck!
  13598076
April 24, 2012 4:34 PM
Thanks! The Bowen therapist said not to do ANY strength exercises while the body is repairing. It apparently will only halt the healing process:-(((.
If how I've felt after the first session is any indication, I won't be "curving" it much, OUCH! Headaches, moodswings, body aches....
she did warn me though! I think a gentle walk is all I can handle!
  21020198
April 26, 2012 9:04 AM
Sounds like you might have to consider a medically supervised low calorie diet or you may even end upgaining during your recovery.
  20974556
April 26, 2012 11:39 AM
Nutrition is going to be your key. If you want more information about a 21 day reset/detox or a very low impact way of exercise. Message me Id love to chat with you!
April 26, 2012 4:35 PM
Thanks for the tips people. I weighed in today and haven't lost anything lb-wise but I have lost nearly 7 inches total! Woohoo! I think it's to do with the coconut oil I've switched over to for cooking and the flavoured coconut butters because I haven't been to the gym for 4 days!
Sneats, I'm vegetarian, so if you've got any tips I'd love to chat. Add me!
  21020198
April 26, 2012 4:37 PM
H Susan, I've done a medically supervised diet before and couldn't cope. Way too restrictive. I am concerned however of regaining after, we'll see how it goes. Thanks for the tip though!
  21020198
April 26, 2012 9:41 PM
Start swimming now. Swimming is an excellent exercise without putting weight on anything :) Or... focus your exercises to things like "yoga" (down on the mat) or pilates (down on the mat)... You can do weights and focus on upper body for now. It's still exercise and it's still muscle that's burning fat :)

Just keep your legs less in the loop ;)
April 27, 2012 7:37 AM
QUOTE:

Start swimming now. Swimming is an excellent exercise without putting weight on anything :) Or... focus your exercises to things like "yoga" (down on the mat) or pilates (down on the mat)... You can do weights and focus on upper body for now. It's still exercise and it's still muscle that's burning fat :)

Just keep your legs less in the loop ;)


Oooo, swimming sounds like a great idea.
  4909332
April 28, 2012 5:39 PM
QUOTE:

Start swimming now. Swimming is an excellent exercise without putting weight on anything :) Or... focus your exercises to things like "yoga" (down on the mat) or pilates (down on the mat)... You can do weights and focus on upper body for now. It's still exercise and it's still muscle that's burning fat :)

Just keep your legs less in the loop ;)


Great idea! Thanks for that! Problem being we live in a rural town in Australia and the closest pool is nearly an hour away but I could do it 1-2times a week!
  21020198
May 10, 2012 8:35 AM
Ow, I suffer from plantar faciitis myself and can really sympathise. I hope it works out for you! I found stretching works best for me, but everyone is different. Let me know if you want me to send you my stretches programme.
  7361744
May 10, 2012 9:50 AM
Low carb is the way to go. I was able to lose 20lbs in two months by following Atkins. The new Atkins is not all meat. The eating plan is 75% veggies and the rest is protein. I was sick once a long while ago. I stuck to Atkins and lost some weight.
  1058126
May 10, 2012 1:27 PM
Stay focused on your diet and make modifications where needed. Go for low/non fat dairy, replace carbs with veggies, drink water before each meal.
May 10, 2012 4:47 PM
Thanks ladies! All great advice!flowerforyou

Bellini500, yes, please send me your stretches that'd be great, thank you.

Imarlet, interested in the "new" Atkins. I did the "old" one and couldn't cope, but then again I was a meat eater, now I'm vegetarian. I'll look into it, thanks.

Bizzee, I agree. I need to cut back on my carb intake. I've been going a bit overboard and need to revise, thank you!

On the up, Bowen IS working, I'm off today for my 3rd treatment, so heads up I don't think I'll need more than 5 treatments! Yay!
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Also, lost 6.39lbs over this time, so the coconut oil is working too!
  21020198
May 10, 2012 8:19 PM
You might try the Ideal Protein Diet. It is a doctor-supervised, high protein, low carb/fat protocol. I have lost 35 lbs. since late January, w/o feeling hungry or deprived. It helps A LOT, if you can cook. I have become very adventurous with my green vegetable choices.
May 15, 2012 1:03 AM
Thanks everyone!flowerforyou

I'm now off my big behind and I'm back at the gym!! Yay! The Bowen therapist gave me the go-ahead to return to normal exercise on Friday so I'll be slogging it out to burn the kilos off!drinker

No more sedentary life for me!!!happy

Thank you all once again!heart
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