When You Are Sick and Afraid of Gaining Weight

In the past month, I have not posted because I was pretty sick.  I got a terrible bug and it affected my auto immune system.  Anyway, that is why I was not posting.

However, I have managed to maintain my weight due to following the rules of no more than 50 to 100g of carbs per day.  Without being able to exercise as much, it was even more important to monitor the carb levels.  Exercise helps to burn off carbs, so without it, it is easy to gain.  I tried to walk when I could and I only managed a couple of days here and there with weight resistance/Pilates type exercise.  I am getting closer to being back in the swing of things, so I should be ok.

So, how do you manage your weight if you don’t get time to exercise?  You should try to walk a little, even at lunch, or walking the dog, etc.  However, if you can’t do it, you have to monitor your carbs.  Eat your 6 small protein-based meals a day, but watch the carbs.

It is important to do this if you don’t want to gain weight during an “off” period of time.

You lose weight by eating fewer calories than you burn. If you are sedentary because of illness, you must reduce your calorie intake to lose weight. Restrict yourself to nutritious foods and avoid foods that have a lot of calories but offer few nutrients. Find comfort in soup, not cookies.  Read the label on the soup cans before you eat them.  Some soups are higher in carbs–like those with pasta and beans.  Have chicken soup, skip the noodles.

Don’t let boredom unhinge your diet. Entertain and distract yourself with TV, reading, the Internet, hobbies and quiet activities, not food.

Use online calculators to estimate your BMR and keep your calorie intake to below your BMR. Whether or not you lose weight while you’re ill depends chiefly on how well you stick to a healthy, calorie-wise diet.

And try to get plenty of rest to help your body get better faster.


I haven’t been sick in years.  I am pretty strong from eating good, healthy, fresh food.  However, some of you are sick all of the time because your immune system is run down from bad food–processed, GMO, non-organic food.  Please consider eating healthy, fresh, Non-GMO, non processed foods in order to get your health and weight in order.  Read this: http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2014/02/12/9-dangers-processed-foods.aspx

2 thoughts on “When You Are Sick and Afraid of Gaining Weight

    • Thank you so much! Today is better. Each day is getting better. I was able to exercise again this week and thank goodness. It is so important to do it if you want to keep your weight down!

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