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I have gained about 20 pounds during chemo. I still have to have surgery and radiation. Does anyone have some tips to lose some weight?

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Learning About Breast Cancer about 6 years
 
  • Rita Jo Hayes Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2009
    I gained around 25 pounds. I tried not to focuss on it and took the outlook that had a little more to spare when I did not feel good enough to eat or got sick. As the others have mentioned just focus on what you can do when you feel good enough to move around for some exercise (walking). I eventually got some of it back off, but again I don' t focuss on it. I take each day at a time and feel thankful for all that I have and am. Hang in there.
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  • Sharon Danielson Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2007
    Chemotherapy --messes-- with you in many ways. The way you metabalize food can be one of them and also lack of regular exercise. Unfortunately, the way to lose weight is nothing magical... exercise and a careful selection of foods you eat. Vegies, fruit, lean protein, whole grains. My friend, who I call a "foodie" told me the easiest way to shop for the right kind of food.... she says "Shop the perimeter of the grocery store" because that is where you find the least processed foods. The other is eat food that is closest to the way is "grew". The last was don't eat anything that is "white" which means "processed" white flour, sugar, ect. Hang in there and take care, Sharon
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    anonymous
    Stage 4 Patient
    I gained as well and having a hard time getting it off. Good luck.
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  • Marianne R. Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2011
    It is the present chemo and all the other drugs leave you. They are my chemo blob pounds. All I could taste was rusty pipe or chocolate. It was hard to feel like I had no control I just knew I wanted to live. A year later I used that fat to build new boobs.
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  • celien thorne Profile
    anonymous
    Patient
    I gained 13 lbs, I was depressed when I saw the scale n my jeans didnt fit :-(, so now a month after finishing chemo I finally have energy to exercise .. So far I've lost 4lbs ..I have to b diligent about moving my body thru my aches n pains and it's helped that too. My first Goal is to run 5k without walking.. One step at a time for all of us ;-)
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  • Jill Shulse Profile
    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    Next week I have treatment #5 of TCH. I've gained 17 pounds so far, and feel bad that my clothes are getting too tight. I seem to crave sweets and carbs, and don't have a lot of energy. Does anyone else crave sweets?
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    • Elaine Mills Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 2B Patient

      Go to your local health food store and talk to them about taking a supplement that blocks yeast production. YOu are getting your system imbalanced and yeast craves sugars. This worked for me very quickly. I never craved sweets before, but I...

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      Go to your local health food store and talk to them about taking a supplement that blocks yeast production. YOu are getting your system imbalanced and yeast craves sugars. This worked for me very quickly. I never craved sweets before, but I began getting really crazy for powdered sugar donuts and soft serve ice cream!

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    • Lesly Bolton Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Funny... I craved sweets in the beginning but then started hating it. Honestly it is what it is. Eat what you can and what makes you happy. I went back to eating normal about 2 weeks after my last chemo. Basically when the icky taste went away.

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  • Isabel Souchet Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2010
    I gained weight during chemo also except when I was very sick from it. I'd lose weight n gain right back. As soon as I felt well enough I got back on my exercise program, even walking a little helps. It takes some time but a year later, I'm almost back to normal. I just think exercise is the key
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    Learning About Breast Cancer
    I gained also during my chemo but returned to my weight after chemo and radiation, even taking tamoxifen. I do walk a few times a week and try to eat halfway decent. I never thought I would feel myself again. Now if I can just some hair it's only 1 1/2 inch. I did color it a few weeks ago. Prayers & wishes
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  • Erin Timlin Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2011
    I gained a little too -- maybe 7 lbs or so -- and I am 4 months ouit of chemo and while I am running and working out and eating well I am still having trouble shaking the pounds. A friend of mine who is an oncology nurse told me women on chemo regimens for breast cancer often gain weight -- despite the media's depiction of the opposite. I found that when I was queasy I felt better with carbs like pasta and bread, comfort foods. As much as I wanted to, I wasn't in the mood to eat a salad. I agree with Sharon is saying get back to a good diet and regular exercise. Sometimes just getting out and exercising makes me feel better psychologically whether I've lost a pound or not!
    about 6 years Comment Flag

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