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steve.b
11-12-2013, 04:59 AM
i know there is no diet that will cure lupus.
but i know many of us battle weight gain.

please talk to your doctors before trying any diet.
what i am writing is what i am about to try .... to lower my weight



i have spent the last 15 or so months trying to balance my health, weight, and pain.

i have kept 2 of them in check, only by upsetting the third.

over the last 6 months i have changed my weight from 213 Lb to 285 Lb.
whilst on a diet made especially for me by a dietitian.
and i have grown more than enough.

as a last resort i have decided to do a complete review with my doctor, and remove any medication that may assist with weight gain, (unless it is essential)

the one component that surprised me the most was omega 3 supplements.


it actually makes good sense when you stop and think about it.
omega 3 tablets are made from fish oils.
these oils are very fatty.
a little oil makes a big difference to a fish......
so it must make a difference to us.


what happens to us if we stop taking omega 3 oils?
if you only stop for a week or two ....
there is no noticeable difference in your joints.

if you stop taking it indefinitely .....
pain will return in about 3 weeks.


my aim is to go on a very strict diet for about 3 or 4 weeks.
the time will depend on my health.
i will resume my normal controlled diet as soon as my health dictates.


the main point of this post is to help us all recognise where our imbalance could lie.
omega 3 oils are well known as a good way to increase weight in some patients.
our modern diet is full of supplements.
if we are adding oils or fats via our supplements .......
then weight gain will of course be a logical outcome.

Nonna
11-12-2013, 06:20 AM
Living with my parents as caregiver has had a benefit. I've lost 25 lbs since April. We eat mostly chicken and fish. With a few beef meals when we go out. I also swim/tread water for at least 30 minutes everyday weather permitting. Smaller portions help also. I don't get discouraged when you hit the plateaus as you body adjusts to the lower weight. I haven't tried the omega oils as the come in large capsules that I can't swallow.

Good Luck

n.mac
11-12-2013, 12:43 PM
I haven't tried the omega-3 supplements,but your point is well taken- good intentions sometimes have unintended consequences.

kim,l
11-12-2013, 06:38 PM
steve prednisone was my archilles heel it just packed the weight on to me and now I am having trouble losing it I am a very big women and swimming is only exercise I can do because of pain. I also have thyroid problems. so I understand your frustration. it is hard to know what is good for you and what is not.

Nonna
11-13-2013, 05:04 AM
I have no thyroid and take synthroid,it might help to see an endocrinologist to regulate your levels.n that will also help you lost a little weight.

Shanna
11-13-2013, 09:28 AM
It's a catch 22. I have put on 25lbs(and gaining) since being on Benlysta,the Dr. says it's fine cause I'm still in normal range for my heighth, as I've always have been very thin. I'm ok with what I weigh now but I keep gaining and that scares me. If they take me off the med which they won't because it's really helping, my lupus would felt back up and I would end up back on steroids again and of course I would gain anyway. Is there no way around this dilemma?

Elaine1
11-14-2013, 02:48 AM
I have gained a lot too. I have somehow got to get it off. I am on so much medicine, but I know it helps, yet I gain so easily. I am eating too much though, and the wrong foods so what can I expect.

steve.b
11-14-2013, 05:35 AM
i am glad this thread has people talking.

there is no right or wrong .....
there is only what works for you.

and if you are considering the options, i am happy

Nonna
11-14-2013, 01:14 PM
Thanks for starting this thread