As a cancer patient, you’re no doubt familiar with the concept of ‘cancer weight loss’. While there are various reasons why a person with cancer may want to lose weight, most would agree that the sooner the better. Whether you’re battling acute myelogenous leukemia (AML), breast cancer, or another form of cancer, you’re probably aware that your doctor may have advised you to lose some weight. Unfortunately, even those with the best of intentions may find that their battle to lose weight doesn’t go as smoothly as they’d like. In this article, we’ll explore some of the challenges that people with cancer face when trying to lose weight, as well as some tips and tricks for getting it done right.
The Trouble With Dropping Pounds
As someone who’s lost a lot of weight as a result of cancer and cancer treatment, I hate to break it to you, but losing weight is harder than it seems. Believe it or not, being the skinniest person in the room isn’t necessarily a good thing. For some reason, people with low body-mass index (BMI) are often given the cold shoulder by those around them, and they can find it hard to make new friends. Being the subject of cruel jokes and not being able to participate in activities that you used to enjoy are two things that can seriously sour the experience of losing weight. If you’re lucky enough to have supportive friends and family, they may help you deal with these challenges by providing you with a psychological boost and some extra snacks. Alternatively, you might find that some other patients provide you with additional motivation to lose weight and keep it off.
The Trouble With Eating Well
When you’re given less than thirty days to live, your body undergoes some pretty serious changes. One of the things that people with cancer suffer from is poor appetite. I should know; I’ve been there. During my first round of treatment, I remember being so weak that I could barely keep down any food at all. Fortunately, that passed as my appetite returned and my body got back into gear. If you’re in remission now, you may not experience this same type of extreme loss of appetite. While I certainly appreciated the fact that I didn’t have to think about food as much, I missed the variety. Eating the same few bland meals every day got old really fast, and it made me look for excuses to eat things that I shouldn’t. Unfortunately, those excuses sometimes took the form of convenient pickles or chocolate. In the end, I managed to lose a little over a stone in weight, and it wasn’t easy. Sometimes, I’d wake up day after day, desperately trying to figure out what I could eat that wouldn’t cause me too much damage. My weight loss slowed down as a result of this, and it was only once my treatment ended and my appetite returned that I was able to put a lot of effort back into my diet. Even then, it took me nearly a year to get my old weight back. It wasn’t fun, especially since I was trying to do it alone without the help of a trainer or nutritionist.
The Trouble With Exercise
Many people with cancer lose a lot of their strength during their treatment. This is doubly-true for people with the disease in remission but who still have to deal with the side effects of their treatment. One of the best things about getting sick is that you get to indulge in the things you love doing most. The trouble is that as your strength returns, so does your want to do more activities. Exercise is a great way to restore your health, and it’s also one of the best ways to drop those extra pounds that you’ve been working so hard to shed. Unfortunately, exercise is hard to fit in when your energy is low, and it’s even harder to stick with. It isn’t uncommon for people who have been through treatment to find that they have no desire to do anything more than lie in bed and rest. In this case, exercise might not be the wisest choice since it could potentially make you sick. The key is to find the right form of exercise for you, one that you’ll enjoy and that will help you get back in shape. If you want to drop some weight, exercise is something that you should definitely consider, but only under the right circumstances.
How To Lose Weight With Cancer
If you’re interested in losing weight, you’re in luck because there’s an entire country full of people who want to help. Whether you’ve been prompted by your doctor or whether you’ve decided that this is the best way to live your life, you have a never-ending source of motivation right next to you: other people with cancer. The first step towards dropping the pounds is to join a gym and find a sports team or class that you can take part in. If you love to run, try out for a race or start a workout routine. There are plenty of things that you can do to get moving again and get your body into the right place to start losing weight. Once you’re there, it’s important to maintain a healthy diet and get plenty of rest. That way, you’ll be able to drop the pounds and maintain your new look for as long as you want. Remember: once you’ve lost the weight, it’s not easy to put it back on. So, be careful not to eat anything that will cause you to gain weight. Also, you may want to consider talking to your doctor about getting a dietary supplement to make sure that you’re getting all of the nutrients that you need to be healthy.