Tuesday, October 18, 2011

11 Weight Loss Tips for 2011, Part 10: Treat Illnesses Appropriately

This is the tenth in an 11-part series of weight loss tips for 2011. Yesterday, we talked about visiting with healthcare providers about weight loss. Today, we’re talking about what to do when you get sick.

When you get sick, you feel miserable and don’t want to think about losing weight, exercising, dieting, journaling or any of that other stuff we’ve been discussing over the past couple weeks. Here are four tips for treating your illness without sabotaging your weight loss.

  1. Return to liquids – even if you don’t feel like eating food, you need to keep yourself hydrated. This is especially important for people who have had gastric banding procedures, because they can’t drink as fast. It is important to drink sips of liquid, about every 10 minutes.
  2. Add sugar – You weren’t expecting that, were you? Sugar is important when you are sick, even for diabetics. If you are not eating your regular diet, sugar will help you maintain your blood sugar and energy levels.
  3.  Call your healthcare provider – Depending on what condition you are facing, you may need to take specific actions to help yourself recover more quickly. Call your primary care physician or other healthcare provider to discuss your symptoms or schedule an appointment.
  4. Don’t use it as an excuse – A few days down can really mess with your routine, and it can be difficult to re-motivate yourself. Once you start feeling better, decide how you are going to return to your weight loss plan. Plan how long you believe you’ll need before returning to regular eating and how long you’ll need before you are ready to start your physical activity or exercise plan again.

Illness is only a setback if you let it be. Certainly, you should take care of yourself, seek treatment, rest and nurse yourself back to health. Once you’re back on your feet, it’s time to get back to your weight loss plan.

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