I know all too well about weight loss for the disabled, as I also am. Trying is not the word, to watch your mass increasing while being able to do nothing about it due to your disability.
It is difficult for me as I am a hemiplegic. (lost the use of one side, my right-hand side) I used to be 11 stone and saw myself massively increase in weight due to the inactivity that lay before me. I knew that it was only going to get worse.
After a couple of years it did, and finally, I came to an AHA moment. I said, seriously, I did say – “ENOUGH IS ENOUGH.” FROM THAT MOMENT ON I SWORE THAT I WOULD DO WHATEVER WAS IN MY POWER TO LOSE THE WEIGHT I HAD UNFORTUNATELY GAINED. SO I HAD TO WORK OUT WHAT EXERCISES I COULD AND COULD NOT DO, ESPECIALLY ENOUGH TO RAISE MY HEART RATE ABOVE 140 BEATS A MINUTE SO THAT I COULD START BURNING FAT
That in itself was no easy task. Not only did I lack the motivation to do anything productive, but I also knew what a futile (pointless) exercise it would be if I did not create a healthy diet menu.
Weight Loss For The Disabled
Gradually the weight began to go, and with every week that passed I grew ever more confident, and I felt my outlook on life change back to the same old perspective that I used to hold, and this served me well, and so my levels of motivation began to grow.
I knew that I needed something that would be very strenuous yet easy to do so I set about looking for rowing machines which I thought would be ideal. I could manage this and then slowly, but surely it began to happen.
As I said I know it is hard to lose weight when you are disabled, take it from me as I am all too well aware. It seems like it is just ANOTHER obstacle that has is in your way to overcome.
Although you get to the point that doing something about it is not worth the intense effort that it will take from you. I am here to tell you that it WILL be worth it if you knuckle down and get on with a program that you set yourself.
Please remember to be realistic with your goals for failure to meet with these will leave you feeling demoralized.
It Does Depend On The Severity Of Your Disability Of Course
Certain kinds of disability will limit or might even ruin your chances at weight loss attempts. But, any form of activity is better than none as they all use up calories. Calories need to be spent to lose weight. FACT
I currently use an exercise bike that to begin with I had the utmost difficulty in handling. One of my legs was practically nonfunctioning. It was so weak that most of the work was by my other leg.
But as time would pass, it grew stronger and slowly began to take up the role set out for it initially. And so I would pedal and pedal and would lose weight.
If I can do it (And I know this is a phrase we use a lot) then literally ANYONE CAN.
So now you know a little about me and why I am knowledgeable about this subject. It is purely from being there myself. So don’t give up and make sure you think positive about not letting this disability ruin your chances of getting much slimmer.
Now, granted, this certainly does not mean that everyone can exercise even to the degree that I do. But there are a lot of disabled people who can find something to do to try and improve their health.
Any Exercise Is A Positive Action
All you need to do to get weight loss for the disabled person is to find your limits. And work with that. Moving anything at all requires you to use calories, no matter how small the task may appear.
For example, just tensing your stomach muscles and then relaxing then tensing, then resting. It is a form of exercise that some therapists would recommend. Unless you have complete paralysis, you should be able to find something along with this kind of “Exercise.”
Please leave any comments or queries regarding weight loss below, and I will reply to you within 24 hours
Always consult your medical professional before altering your diet.
Just remember your weight loss for the disabled campaign still means your results will differ significantly. It will depend on your metabolic rate.
Is it the same as a “Normal” person?