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How to stay lean post surgery?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created July 26, 2012 at 6:44 PM

I'm having major surgery next month (August 20th), and my recovery will curb my workouts other than light walking for a few weeks. No lifting weights, no running (for 6 weeks!), no HIIT, and no chest work for a while. I am active and work out a lot, so the idea of having to sit on my rear and only be able to do walking for exercise is making my flesh crawl. I don't want to put on fat while recovering! I eat primal 98% of the time. Can anyone give me surgery recovery paleo tips to keep me from flabbing-out post surgery? Any suggestions are welcome!

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on July 29, 2012
at 09:40 PM

Hey there! Sorry for not getting back to you sooner, but if and when i respond, I do so w/o logging in, which is probably why i didn't get notified of this comment. I have not used any Graston techniques/instrumentation (in fact, I only now looked it up!). I've used myofascial / skin rolling techniques for scar tssue and follow a lot of the concepts of fascial continuity outlined in Anatomy Trains by Thomas Myers.

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on July 27, 2012
at 08:40 PM

That's part of what's bothering me the most. Since incorporating lots of weight lifting and body weight exercises over the past 7 months, I'm putting on muscle and getting some upper body strength (a feat for this former cardiobunny), I fear losing it! I fought hard for these shoulders and weenie little arm muscles!

8634d4988ced45a68e2a79e69cc01835

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on July 27, 2012
at 08:37 PM

Thanks! That's good to know. I appreciate that link too!

8634d4988ced45a68e2a79e69cc01835

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on July 27, 2012
at 08:37 PM

To some degree. No chest work or anything that pulls on my torso.

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on July 26, 2012
at 11:27 PM

I do remember reading that your body's energy requirement will go up because of all the healing you will be doing (though obviously you won't be exercising).

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on July 26, 2012
at 11:10 PM

I know you! Do you practice active release technique? Graston? Active Release Graston Ultra??

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on July 26, 2012
at 06:56 PM

I got pretty into chair yoga after breaking my leg. Good suggestion.

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7f48aeb142e888b15aa16fd4697e1096

on July 26, 2012
at 10:19 PM

Getting massages on a regular basis (of course, after checking with your physician and going to an experienced/specialized therapist) will help maintain muscle tone and aid recovery. Another important point is after the initial recovery period, massages can be very useful to prevent excessive build up of scar tissue formed due to surgery. Scar tissue is connective tissue (fibrous tissue) that develops at the site of trauma as a protective reinforcement but can very often contribute to a variety of issues in the long run (mobility as well as physiological depending on the extent and location) if ignored. Since connective tissue basically encases everything in the body (muscles, bones, organs, vasculature, nerves, etc.) giving every element in your body it's shape, it's important to minimize unnecessary adhesions by manual therapies and yoga/Pilates.

21fd060d0796fdb8a4a990441e08eae7

(24543)

on July 26, 2012
at 11:10 PM

I know you! Do you practice active release technique? Graston? Active Release Graston Ultra??

7f48aeb142e888b15aa16fd4697e1096

(50)

on July 29, 2012
at 09:40 PM

Hey there! Sorry for not getting back to you sooner, but if and when i respond, I do so w/o logging in, which is probably why i didn't get notified of this comment. I have not used any Graston techniques/instrumentation (in fact, I only now looked it up!). I've used myofascial / skin rolling techniques for scar tssue and follow a lot of the concepts of fascial continuity outlined in Anatomy Trains by Thomas Myers.

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on July 26, 2012
at 08:11 PM

Actually, a bit of fat pre-surgery might aid in recovery. Healing takes energy. Just concentrate on eating well, and be kind to yourself. Surgery is trauma to your body.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/11/22/us-surgery-bmi-idUSTRE7AK28020111122

A2e73b869061fc20067e4ef8f26f83f0

(140)

on July 26, 2012
at 11:27 PM

I do remember reading that your body's energy requirement will go up because of all the healing you will be doing (though obviously you won't be exercising).

8634d4988ced45a68e2a79e69cc01835

(1617)

on July 27, 2012
at 08:37 PM

Thanks! That's good to know. I appreciate that link too!

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on July 26, 2012
at 06:48 PM

Are you able to do stretches like yoga/pilates?

8634d4988ced45a68e2a79e69cc01835

(1617)

on July 27, 2012
at 08:37 PM

To some degree. No chest work or anything that pulls on my torso.

0d0842381492a41b2173a04014aae810

(4875)

on July 26, 2012
at 06:56 PM

I got pretty into chair yoga after breaking my leg. Good suggestion.

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on July 26, 2012
at 06:48 PM

If you cannot workout, your diet is all you can control. Proper diet is 80% of body composition. I am dealing with disc issues in my neck/back. And have had to take two weeks off a couple of times (hasn't helped yet). No additional weight gain. Only think I noticed was that I ate almost nothing -- just didn't need the energy. Listen to your body, eat when hungry, and eat high quality!

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on July 26, 2012
at 07:59 PM

You wont get fat, when things were really hectic for me this spring I didnt go to the gym for about weeks and did nothing other than my normal amounts of walking (to and from work, to the store, walking the dog), and all of my muscle didnt magically turn into fat. You will be fine!!! It sounds like your workout schedule is pretty intense anyways, I bet a long break will actually do wonders for you body.

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on July 26, 2012
at 07:25 PM

Just reduce your portion sizes a little to account for the decreased caloric expenditure. You may lose some muscle tone while you're laid up, but no need to gain weight.

8634d4988ced45a68e2a79e69cc01835

(1617)

on July 27, 2012
at 08:40 PM

That's part of what's bothering me the most. Since incorporating lots of weight lifting and body weight exercises over the past 7 months, I'm putting on muscle and getting some upper body strength (a feat for this former cardiobunny), I fear losing it! I fought hard for these shoulders and weenie little arm muscles!

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