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Maintaining weight post surgery - intermittent fasting?

Commented on July 30, 2013
Created July 29, 2013 at 8:11 AM

I'm recovering from a hip arthroscopy that I had 10 days ago. My movement is limited whilst on crutches and it will be a while before I can do any proper form of exercise. (I've gone from 3-4 times exercising per week plus walking 3 miles a day to nothing). Understandably I'm concerned about my weight increasing as there is no exercise at all going on. I listened to the Intermittent Fasting podcast earlier this week, and I wondered if it is something worth trying whilst I'm recovering from surgery. My concerns are I'm stuck at home not doing anything, and food is around me - so temptation will be hard to fight. But also do I need to be eating to aid my recovery?

I'm currently sticking to three meals a day but the evening time I seem to be snacking - which is the worst! I enjoy the root carbs on my pale diet and would prefer not to give them up but if it is necessary then I can try.

Any advice on whether I should try intermittent fasting or how I can try maintain or lose whilst being inactive would be appreciated.

Thanks

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on July 30, 2013
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I would say bone broth has many benefits over milk and doesn't have the crap that more store bought milk contains. For fats, just fattier cuts of meat (if it's from a good source) such as grass fed beef, lamb, wild Alaskan salmon. Also coconut/avocado/macnut oils are good to add to cooking or salads (the latter 2 for salads more). If you provide your stats (age, height, weight, etc) that could help to nail down some actual numbers you should target. Feel free to hit me up on FB too (in my profile). Good luck!

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Thank you. I had wondered if incorporating Milk into my diet would be of benefit too as I don't have any issues with milk. What sort of fats would you suggest? I"ve been keeping off my usual brazil nuts and almonds due to the high calories. Appreciate your further thoughts :)

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on July 29, 2013
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For recovery I would say to make sure you get your protein and drink BONE BROTH!!

For eating...you will want to keep your calories down due to lack of activity but try to incorporate a good amount of fat to keep you full. If you want "root carbs" then maybe have a sweet potato per day...low GI and crazy good for you.

Keep as active as possible with your upper body to keep your metabolism running. Good luck!

86c97b2779feab3c330f5e1c5fea7e25

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on July 30, 2013
at 03:16 PM

I would say bone broth has many benefits over milk and doesn't have the crap that more store bought milk contains. For fats, just fattier cuts of meat (if it's from a good source) such as grass fed beef, lamb, wild Alaskan salmon. Also coconut/avocado/macnut oils are good to add to cooking or salads (the latter 2 for salads more). If you provide your stats (age, height, weight, etc) that could help to nail down some actual numbers you should target. Feel free to hit me up on FB too (in my profile). Good luck!

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on July 30, 2013
at 12:14 PM

Thank you. I had wondered if incorporating Milk into my diet would be of benefit too as I don't have any issues with milk. What sort of fats would you suggest? I"ve been keeping off my usual brazil nuts and almonds due to the high calories. Appreciate your further thoughts :)

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on July 29, 2013
at 10:34 PM

I didn't have any weight loss success with IF - it does work better for men than women. For me it tends to trip me into hypothyroid territory. Also, a lot of the time when you IF, you just eat more at mealtimes so don't actually consume less calories. A lot of my friends are fasting for ramadan and have actually gained weight!

Anyway - how long before you sleep to do you eat dinner? I like to go to bed on a full stomach so will eat dinner as late as possible. I'd much rather be hungry for 2hrs before dinner than at bed time! I stave of hunger with raw carrot sticks and chia seeds in tomato juice. Bone broth is also filling

You could also be snacking because you're bored? It's really hard to resist temptation when surrounded by food...try not to keep anything snackable in the fridge. Remove all nuts or anything that can be snacked on and keep only raw meat and veggies in the house.

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on July 29, 2013
at 08:08 PM

have you seen this: http://perfecthealthdiet.com/2010/10/nutrients-are-needed-to-heal-wounds-and-injuries/

and this:

http://perfecthealthdiet.com/2011/02/perfect-health-diet-weight-loss-version/

Basically, the first link says you need several nutrients for wound healing, like Vitamin K2, C, D, magnesium and others.

It goes on to talk about how Vitamin D levels determine the success of orthopedic surgery, and also that K2 is necessary/probably related to osteoporosis.

Also, I love tidbits like this: "Vitamin C is needed for collagen to form a meshwork that can then be mineralized by calcium, magnesium and other minerals. In the absence of vitamin C, bone is malformed."

The 2nd link describes a 70 year old women, who, much like you, cannot walk and is wondering how to eat and still be well nourished.

The answer is like Desmond said - lots of bone broth, egg yolks as fat, and at least 600 protein + carb calories a day. and the full supplement regime the PHD recommends.

I'm not sure whether IF'ing would help or hurt the hip, but if you find you can do it, I suppose, why not? It may make it easier to stay within the 1200 calorie range. (or higher if you are a not an older women)

Don't go downing 1 cup of coconut oil while you're doing this.

Good luck and may you heal well.

I know it seems like overkill, but you do want to heal well, right?

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on July 29, 2013
at 01:23 PM

If you find yourself snacking in the evenings, then you must not have satisfied/satiated yourself at dinner. I would focus on curbing that. If your metabolism is not broken, periods of inactivity will result in periods of you not being as hungry. Hormones should regulate this.

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