These Strategies Helped Me Lose Weight as a Cushing’s Patient
How do I lose weight? What is the best diet for Cushing’s disease? How long until I start to see weight loss? Why do I lose a little bit of weight, plateau, then put it back on? These questions are frequently asked in the Cushing’s community. The answer is to address the root of the problem first.
Weight gain (and sometimes loss) is one of many symptoms Cushing’s patients will likely face. This is often a focus because of the drastic physical effects it can have on the body. Some patients believe they will never lose the weight, but it is possible.
Can you lose weight? Yes. Will it be easy? No.
The first step is identifying the root cause of Cushing’s disease. For example, my weight gain was a hormonal issue resulting from a pituitary tumor. Since the tumor was so large and starting to press against my optic nerves, having surgery to remove it was my best course of action. Another option would have been starting medication to shrink the tumor or prevent it from producing excess hormones.
But starting treatment for Cushing’s doesn’t always guarantee immediate results in terms of weight. As patients, we typically need to put in consistent work, such as improving our lifestyle and eating habits. Following are a few tips I’ve incorporated that have helped me make progress in losing weight.
I try to keep my stress levels down. This is easier said than done, but it’s important, as too much cortisol can result in weight gain.
When I started to exercise again after my surgery, I didn’t use heavy weights or create a strenuous routine. Low-intensity workouts, such as walking, swimming, and stretching, were the best option for me, especially since I was also dealing with injuries to my labrum and rotator cuff. Easing my way back in was the best way to prevent further injury after an extended period of not exercising my muscles regularly.
Developing healthy eating habits was essential for me. I didn’t follow a specific diet, as I’ve realized that everyone is unique when it comes to which foods aid or inhibit your body function.
Always consult your doctor before changing your diet, lifestyle, or fitness routine to ensure you’re losing weight safely. And no matter which approach you take, remember that consistency is key.
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