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How to continue weight loss while recovering from surgery...?

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Hey all!

I am having breast reduction surgery preformed in two weeks (I am extremely excited about it). My problem is I am hoping to lose another 10-15lbs before my wedding at the end of July and I am worried about continuing losing weight while I'm recovering.

My doctor has advised me I will be off work for 4 weeks and I shouldn't exercise for 4-6 weeks. I am hoping after a few weeks I will be at least able to go out for a walk but I have no idea.

I'm just wondering if weight loss is possible with a sedentary lifestyle? I will obviously cut back my calories to accomodate the fact I will be laying around all day but am very worried my weight loss will stall and I won't make any progress. Anyone have any tips that might help me continue my progress?

My current stats: 24 years old, 5'8, female, current weight 155, eating around 1600 calories per day, working out at the gym 4-5 days a week.

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Yeah you can lose weight being sedentary.  You just have to cut your calories below maintenance.  It makes losing weight harder but it is possible.

You may want to ask your doctor how soon you can start walking. He may not even be thinking of walking when he said no exercise. :D

Yes, you can absolutely lose weight while being sedentary. That being said, it is a terrible idea to cut your calories while recovering from surgery.

I had surgery earlier this year, and asked my surgeon if it was ok for me to keep on maintaining a small deficit through recovery. She told me that it was not, and I shouldn't do anything that could jeopardize the speed of my recovery.

I was curious, so I read up on it on my own. It turned out that various studies have shown an increase in metabolic rate following surgery or trauma, as your body works to heal. Protein needs increase, and additional iron is necessary as well. Failing to get adequate nutrition during recovery can slow healing and even delay the closure of your incisions.

So, while recovering, you should be eating at least 1800 calories/day (your normal sendentary burn rate), possibly even more. You may even lose some weight since your metabolism will be firing at top speed, but your first focus needs to be on recovery.

Edited to add: And congratulations on your upcoming reduction and wedding!

Thanks all for the input!

@theholla: That's really interesting! I definitely am most concerned about my recovery. I'll just plan on sticking to maintenance calories and making sure I'm eating foods that are great for my body. Thanks for the congrats!

i lost a ton of weight post surgery.  like, 14 pounds in 10 days.  it was scary, actually.

Agreed with theholla--I was about to say that I didn't think it sounded wise to reduce calories while recovering from surgery. Maintenance sounds like a good idea.

And besides--you're having breast REDUCTION. You'll be losing weight either way! ;-)

Wow, pgeorgian. That is scary. I lost a couple pounds while I was recovering from surgery, but it was a very slow process - the painkillers made me retain a ton of water.

Congrats on your wedding, and good luck on your recovery! 

The new cup size will make you appear smaller anyway. You may find that you don't need to lose the extra ten pounds.

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