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Posted: 25 Jun 2013, 14:16
Crying or Very sad HELP ME! On July 12, 2013 I'm going into LEG surgery, & two things I've learned from leg surgery: you can't walk & you gain MAJOR pounds. Thankfully the one month or less wait will be worth it, since I'll finally have access to the Gym. Also my goal has changed; to convert my fat & flab into muscle. I know it's probably early to ask, but what MUSCLE BUILDING exercises are great for burning fat? They can involve Equipment since after I recover my Mom & I will sign up for Planet Fitness. Also note that my Birthday is July 7th & I'll turn 14.

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Posted: 25 Jun 2013, 15:53
Remember that a lot of your after-surgery weight will be water gain. They really pump you full of fluids during surgery. I gained 10 lbs overnight when I had knee surgery!

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Posted: 25 Jun 2013, 17:16
You may lose weight after the surgery. I had knee surgery and lost as did my BIL. About 10 lbs. They say it's due to the pain medication.


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Posted: 25 Jun 2013, 19:34
Thanks for letting me know. It doesn't answer my question, but every bit of knowledge counts.

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Posted: 25 Jun 2013, 19:41
My advice would be to just try and be as active as you can once cleared by surgeon. At your age, you are still growing and shouldn't need to cut back on intake. Eat protein for muscle building. See if you can get a trainer at the gym - at least for 1-2 visits to set you up with an exercise plan. You might even qualify for physical therapy through your medical insurance, since you are having surgery. They could probably help you with an exercise plan too. You should be doing weight training to help build muscle. Either high weights and low reps or low weights and high reps - depends on what you are going for. You will need to be trained on how to do each exercise so that you don't injure yourself. You will need to gradually increase your weights so that you continue to build muscle. Good luck!

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Posted: 25 Jun 2013, 21:28
I had HUGE skin removal surgery a year ago, and was "sat down" for 3 months with an exercise ban. I had another three months where I was still not able to really do anything. I gained weight, and quite a bit. I have another surgery coming up, and my plan to avoid this again is fairly simple.
Work out as much as you can up to the surgery. More muscle burns more calories, and they don't disappear all that fast.
Then, when you can't workout - set your activity level on Fatsecret to "Sedentary". Follow the plan. KEEP COUNTING, but make sure you don't go too low. Your body needs fuel to recover.
In regards to what muscle building exercises burns fat - THEY ALL DO! Smile
I wish you good luck with your surgery, my friend.

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Posted: 26 Jun 2013, 12:34
thanks for answering my question.

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