There may be many reasons why you can’t work out to help you lose weight. My reason in particular is that I have a chronic illness that prevents me from working out. But I still want to eat decent meals (and snacks) but yet maintain a good weight for my body. So how do you do it?
I’m no expert by any means so I can only speak to what works for me but so far its been water. The more water you drink, the more water your body allows you to deplete from your system. Thus, you are not bloated and carrying around extra water weight.
How much water? I have found that the standard is that generally you should drink about an ounce of water every day for each pound that you weigh. This water drinking is no joke – you have to focus on drinking this amount of water if you are going to make it happen. But it does work! Plus, you feel so much better and energetic having drank this much water. It’s really a win-win.
Many medications can cause us to gain weight. I’ve quickly learned that losing this kind of weight is not as easy as losing regular weight. For me it’s all come down to consuming foods with less sodium and eating foods rich in potassium that flush out the salt from my system. By flushing out the salt, I am also losing excess water weight.
Tied to the above, of course, is eating right. Not too many treats, and also potassium rich foods. This means a lot of potatoes and bananas for me, among other food items! It gets a bit old after a while but I really have found that it does the trick.
Above all, it takes patience. The weight doesn’t come off as quickly in these circumstances. And you lose the physique you get when you work out. But I’ve found these to be good ways to keep my weight within my body range weight while still being able to enjoy the foods in my day-to-day life.
I dearly miss not being able to work out for so many reasons, but when working out causes my condition to get worse, the choice becomes easy. The consequences though are a bit harder.
What do you do when you can’t work out to maintain your weight?
Do you eat differently? Do you eat just the same knowing you will be able to work out later on? What if you too can’t work out at all – does maintaining a certain weight a concern for you?