Dieting and nursing school - page 2

I'll be the first to admit that I have put on a few pounds while in nursing school but I don't think loosing those pounds through dieting while in school is the best of ideas. I have several friends... Read More

  1. by   weemissnaughty
    Ive gained loads since starting in september! And thats with me joining the uni gym! Im going to start trying to make healthier choices, maybe not dieting as such but if im grabbing something from the uni shop... Choose the better option(although it wouldnt be as good as making my own stuff)
  2. by   shamrokks
    Quote from DebCRNBSN
    I'm counting calories on and it's free. You can download an app on your phone. Then you can scan the foods you are eating. It seems to be helping keep in calories in check. I just started so I'll update you on any weight loss later.
    I like the MyFitnessPal app as well. I have it on my iphone and it's convenient to track all foods on it. I do try to stick to weight watchers. I don't go and pay for meetings but know the basics (used to go) so I just try to continue to follow the points system and keep my calories down.

    I'm a snacker so it helps me that fruits and veggies are free. I also need to keep bad foods out of the home so I'm not tempted. I have 2 kids and they don't need the bad stuff either. I need to get back to it so that I snack on those healthy foods instead of chips, etc. I snack a lot when studying too, that worries me. I start my LPN to RN bridge program January 22nd and I worry about gaining weight. I already need to lose weight and I don't need to add more to it. :-)
  3. by   QuarterLife88
    Quote from KelRN215
    Dieting is the most useless American pasttime there ever was. It doesn't work and the vast majority of "dieters" regain all their weight.
    LOL, yes. It's amazing that a business with a 99% failure rate (I have yet to meet even one person who hasn't gained all of the weight back, plus more within 5-7 years, and has not been on 5 or more diets) is still going so strong! Unbelievable. It's the greatest long-term way to get fat, ever!
  4. by   melizerd
    Well I lost 80lbs before starting the program during my pre-reqs. I gained 30 back. I'm losing that now LOL. It's a process. The most important part is to be realistic and plan to lose only 1/2-1lbs a week and allow yourself the time to actually DO that.

    I use to track my calories and exercise. I give myself 30 min 4-5 times a week just for ME to workout! I just must do it. Sometimes it is just walking laps during lunch at school but I do what I can and that 30lbs I gained is slowly coming off. I eat sensibly, nothing completely restricted. Calories in VS calories out is all it comes down to.
  5. by   Raymanthenurse
    Simply buy yourself a treadmill and run 30 minutes to an hour each day. If you can study for some odd numbers of hours and go to practicum for 8 or 12 hours a day. You can run 30 minutes a day. I run with minimal sleep after a busy 8 hour shift. I feel great! It's just another excuse if you can't make it to the gym each day. If you're online on facebook or making a discussion then you have time to go to the gym.
  6. by   Raymanthenurse
    dieting and working out work together. If you're not eating right, you wont' get your results from working out. If you're not working out, you won't get the results from dieting alone. Sure cutting back on bad foods can help but, the two go hand in hand. Since nursing school I've actually lost weight. I've gone from 215 pounds to 165 pounds. Best way to workout is to do all your weight training first because you muscles burn all the glucose and then when you hit the cardio you burn more calories. Do light cardio where you can pace yourself and carry out a conversation.
  7. by   Raymanthenurse
    Plus you need to workout. Who wants to be a fat nurse. If you cant take of yourself how can you take care of a patient? You're more attractive and employers to look at your physical appearance. How can you move those heavy patients around with an out of shape body? The girls or guys come chasing!!!!!!!
  8. by   Stoogesfan
    I have put about 25lbs this past year of nursing school. I am starting a "diet" because I want to be proud of not only my accomplishment at pinning of not only finishing nursing school but also gaining my health also.

    I'd love if some of us could maybe pm each other or something for motivation during this stressful time. Any takers?

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  9. by   Jennybrie
    Quote from Stoogesfan
    I'd love if some of us could maybe pm each other or something for motivation during this stressful time. Any takers?
    That's a great idea! Sometimes it's hard to stay focused and achieve our goals alone. The small support from each other could be the push we need to get to the gym or skip the cheeseburger
  10. by   Mewsin
    I start nursing school on the 11th but I'm losing right now. I don't feel hungry so its going well. I really just decreased my pop intake (cut it out completely), decreased fast food(haven't had any in 19 days) and increased veggies. I'm down 13lbs so far. I think it will be doable in school as well.
  11. by   zoe92
    I say schedule at least 30 minutes a day of exercise. Go for a jog, take the dog for a walk, pop in a work out video. Drink a lot of water, use smaller plates & portions, eat fruits,veggies, yogurt, nuts for snacks. Prepare freezer meals so during the week you don't have stop by McDonalds (because it's convenient). Really start with small goals and cut out specific foods a little at a time (such as soda). It's important to keep yourself healthy too!
  12. by   Jennybrie
    Quote from zoe92
    Drink a lot of water
    I actually agree with everything you said but this is seriously an underrated part of losing weight or simply being healthy. It's really easy to go on a 12 hour clinical and realize that you only have had 32 oz of water and went to the bathroom once. If any of our patients did that we would slap in an IV running fluids at 125ml/hr watching skin turgor and labs until we're satisfied that they are no longer dehydrated. I'd rather not work my shift pulling an IV pole or wearing a foley so I have to remind myself to drink more water.

    On the weight loss side of why this is important....if you don't have enough circulating volume to remove toxins and byproducts of metabolism it just sits there in your body doing more harm than good. Often times when you are continually hydrated your brain is satisfied and cravings for food decline. When I studied a lot and felt the urge to snack I tried having some tea instead to see if that curbed the craving and it usually did.

    Cutting things from your diet might be difficult so instead I would suggest living in moderation. If you absolutely cannot live without soda, buy the baby cans and cut down on intake instead of going cold turkey. The same can be done with any food/beverage. You'll be surprised how much the little things can add up to a healthier life.
  13. by   shamrokks
    I love this post!