I will be a newly graduated nurse come May and am probably 100 lbs overweight. I was hoping to be working out and eating healthier and have lost some weight by the time I start my career but nursing school
has proven to be a horrible time to try and focus on healthy eating and cardio...go figure.
Does anyone have any special tips for trying to lose weight and focus on one's own health while helping others heal? Here's to hoping a physically demanding profession will help my endeavors!
Additionally, for others overweight, do you notice patients question your education or work ethic and if so how do you overcome that?
Mar 19, '17
Quote from Emergent
If you only eat home cooked food, and don't eat pre-packaged food, you will be on the right track. Absolutely no soda pop. Keep your cupboards simple and devoid of snack foods. Easy on the alcoholic beverages too! Cook from scratch.
Over the years, as Americans have eaten out more and lost the ability to cook, they've gotten fatter. Also, always park far away from the store and use stairs instead of elevators. Our reliance on the automobile is a big part of our problem.
This is good advice. Recent research is showing that cutting calories or carbs, not exercise, is the key to losing weight so making healthier choices is important.
Not that it isn't good to exercise, but weight loss is tied to food choices more than exercise. At least according to recent research as noted.
The science is in: Exercise isn’t the best way to lose weight - YouTube
But, it also help our overall health to exercise; including mental health.
Our hospital started a 3 month challenge for employees. It included paying for one month at all local gyms/workout centers. There are also times during the work day when employees will walk together around the hospital. There are also health-related classes once a week. And incentives for weight loss or inches lost. We were given one of those "Fitbit" type wrist devices and share the results on a private FB page for the employees, as well as diet tips, etc.
You have to find something you will enjoy doing because it is very hard to keep up with something for a lifetime.
I love to hike.
I've jogged off and on for 30 years and I trained for a half-marathon a few years ago and ran it. But I don't do this on a regular basis.
So, I find local places to hike or I take a walk every day in my own neighborhood. (I hate treadmills - too boring).
Good luck. I'd start with a check up with your physician first. Get blood tests, etc.
Last edit by Spidey's mom on Mar 19, '17
Mar 19, '17
Quote from TheCommuter
Here is an invigorating blurb from an obesity medicine physician who insists that no one is ever cured of obesity. Obesity can go into remission with weight loss to a normal size, but the once-obese person's body will always fight to regain.
Those of us who were once fat have different biochemistries in the context that our bodies almost always fight to regain weight once we lose it. This is why 90+ percent of obese people who lose weight regain it all.
In other words, the struggle is lifelong. For instance, let's assume we have two 40-year-old women who are both exactly 130 pounds with similar body fat percentages and activity levels. One of the women has been weight-stable her entire adult life while the other woman once weighed 300 pounds.
The formerly obese woman will need to be more watchful about weight maintenance because her body is primed to regain. Also, it is not about "calories in & calories out." The woman who has always been 130 pounds can eat 500 more calories a day than the weight-reduced woman who weighs 130 pounds.
The struggle is lifelong. Most obese people can lose weight, but what matters is keeping off the 100+ pounds you lost. Weight maintenance is the hardest part.
Arguments For Calling Obesity A Disease #3: Once Established It Becomes A Lifelong Problem | Dr. Sharma's Obesity Notes
Completely agree, and will add that though it's to a lesser degree, for some a much lesser degree, it's lifelong for almost everyone. Especially once at midlife, most women cannot take weight and fitness for granted but I wish it were more equitable.
Last edit by Libby1987 on Mar 19, '17