Dieting and nursing school - page 2

by Jennybrie

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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 in school who are dieting and... Read More


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    I don't ever "diet", but I do try to eat healthy. I'm a fit person, within my normal body weight and all that. I work out a lot. But, even with all the good going on there, I gained weight my first semester. Why? I relied on hubby to plan meals. Bad idea. He's a competent cook just can't make a healthy meal to save his life (pun intended). And, I drank beer or wine to relieve stress from school. As in, every day. I have quit drinking, for the most part, and will prep dinner, at least the ingredients and printed out recipe, before I leave for school everyday.
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    Dieting is the most useless American pasttime there ever was. It doesn't work and the vast majority of "dieters" regain all their weight.
    amkrafka, QuarterLife88, and Jennybrie like this.
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    I've gained 20 pounds since the beginning of nursing school. Apparently, I'm a stress eater. Now my uniform doesn't fit. I have no choice but to diet at this point.
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    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)
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    Quote from DebCRNBSN
    I'm counting calories on MyFitnessPal.com 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, mindlessly...so 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. :-)
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    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!
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    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 myfitnesspal.com 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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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!!!!!!!


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