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Posted: 14 Nov 2012, 09:16
I am a 46 year old female,type 1 diabetic with gastroparesis, also called delayed gastric emptying, is a disorder that slows or stops the movement of food from the stomach to the small intestine.I have tried dieting to lose belly fat but no success...does anyone have any suggestions for a fitness/diet plan?

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Posted: 14 Nov 2012, 16:52
that's tough... My mother in-law had something similar to that and couldn't lose weight with diet and exercise until the doctors resorted to her having a gastric bypass surgery and she's now lost 50lbs. Good luck!

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Posted: 15 Nov 2012, 08:04
I'm not sure if this will help but I have taken morphine for 8 years due to chronic pain. The pain clinic has told me that the drug slows down that process as well. They gave me miralax to help push stuff through. I'm not sure if it would help your situation but it's worth a try. You can now buy miralax without an rx, so pick some up and see if it helps?
I am now in process of weaning off the drug, because of other medical issues, and it's a pretty tough process, but I've already noticed (at 1/2 my normal dose) improvement in this area. Wish you success!

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Posted: 18 Nov 2012, 13:02
Well, I really don't know if aren't able to do any type of exercise. If you can do everything I'd advise you running, try to start a normal walk for 5 minutes, a fast walk for 10 minutes, and then start running at your own pace for 20 to 30 minutes. A Pace that makes you sweat, but feel confurtable and not too tired. Aerobic exercises are the most effective against fat excess, try doing this for at least 3 times a week, and do some pillates every day for 30 minutes, you'll surely get results, but as I said, only if you can do these kinds of excercises, I don't know if your condition ables you to do it.

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Posted: 18 Nov 2012, 13:14
Track calories. Move more and eat less. Good luck.
Love your food or risk failure. No quick fixes, this is a lifestyle change. No extremes are needed just consistency.

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Posted: 18 Nov 2012, 15:00
It depends on what you define as belly fat. If you are overweight with even distribution of fat all over your body or with most fat around your thighs and buttocks (pear shape) and some belly fat, you need to lose weight, exercise and while you are slimming down the belly fat will eventually go away. Though the fat might not go away from your belly first.

If you are what is called apple shape, relatively slim legs and buttocks, with most fat accumulated around your waist line and your back, it is likely that you have hormonal disbalance and either overproduction of adrenalin or adrenal fatigue. This is often result of stress though some people obviously have genetic predisposition. In that case strict diet and lots of exercise that are viewed by your body as additional stress will only make your condition worse. You will keep metabolizing muscles for fuel (and your hips and buttocks will keep getting thinner as that is where you have your biggest muscles) and your belly will keep getting diproportionally bigger as your body will keep storing fat there to fight future famine. In that case you will not see much improvement untill you distress your life and eat diet that supports normal adrenal functioning. There is a lot of information on internet on that recently, but if I could put it into few words: normalize your sleep, give yourself some rest, do not starve your body, eat small portions but before you feel famished, choose exercise activities that trick your body into thinking that you are not really exercising at all (walking vs jogging, multiple short bursts of activity during the day vs staying in the gym for 2 hours in a row, something you enjoy and that calms your mind vs something that you drag yourself through because it is "healthy" ) I.e. if your problem is just extra weight, you can follow any strategy you want, if you problem is hormonal disbalance, just losing weight will not help until you fix the hormonal problem, as you body will still retain its shape, only with different percentage of fat. I am sure all of us have met those skinny people with no waist.
The first thing you lose on a diet is your sense of humor. ~ Author Unknown
It doesn’t matter what diet you follow… What matters is what makes you follow your diet. ~ Tom Venuto

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Posted: 19 Nov 2012, 16:04
Seven2K wrote:
I am a 46 year old female,type 1 diabetic with gastroparesis, also called delayed gastric emptying, is a disorder that slows or stops the movement of food from the stomach to the small intestine.I have tried dieting to lose belly fat but no success...does anyone have any suggestions for a fitness/diet plan?

Hey Seven,

I suspect you may need 'professional' help and would need to see a doctor to discuss your options. However the following tips may help:

eat smaller meals and more regularly. this will help move the food faster
avoid foods high in fibre, these will slow down the emptying of your stomach even more
focus more on liquid diets such as soups etc. these will pass through quicker than solids
have you main meals earlier in the day (esp. solids)
and do not lie down until about 5 hours after a meal. lying down again slows the emptying of your stomach.

Hope all the above has been helpful. Remember if you suffer any adverse effects to stop and see a doctor Wink

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