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Does our bodies need more calories when healing?

Does our bodies need more calories when healing?

Postby CajunWoman » Mon Sep 28, 2009 10:24 am

Hi girls!

When I had my FTT w/MR last November, once my appetite came back after a full week or so, I was eating like a darn pig! I am a girl who usually watches everything I eat, no sugar, no processed food, etc but after sx, dh and I were eating out often, large meals with dessert, etc. I didn't gain any weight from doing so but of course I didn't keep it up for long, maybe a few weeks. Now this time, after sx, I regained my appetite by day 3 but find myself staying more hungry than usual during the day even though I am moving less, no exercise, etc. I've eaten some foods that I normally don't touch, only because I get so hungry. However with that said, my weight has dropped daily in the last 4 days. So, I'm wondering if it's because the healing process requires more calories/energy from our bodies, and maybe we shouldn't go against that? I'm not advocating binging or junk food, but should we be taking in some extra calories after sx during healing?
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Re: Does our bodies need more calories when healing?

Postby AnnieBeansprout » Mon Sep 28, 2009 10:28 am

Yep, happened to me. Never happened before with other surgeries, but with this one it did. I lost 8 pounds in the first month, and I was getting reawlly nervous. I had no weight to lose, and my face was looking gaunt. I was eating almost 3,000 calories a day! Still, no sugar and only healthy stuff, but I was cramming peanut butter down my throat just to keep the calories up. It was so weird, since I was getting no exercise.

Finally I started to gain the weight back.

The doctor told me my metabolism had increased due to the healing process, and he told me to be very careful because it would not last forever. I was just glad to start gaining again. I felt I looked ten years older and my kids were telling me I looked skinny (I hate losing what little I have in the face!).
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Re: Does our bodies need more calories when healing?

Postby AnnieBeansprout » Mon Sep 28, 2009 10:44 am

Oh, to answer your question, yes, I think we should increase calories if we find our bodies needs it. Or, at least really make the calories count. No junk food (but that's what I believe at any time anyway).

If we are trying to lose weight, it could really help us lose, but we still need to get proper calories for healing.

I guess it depends on the person and the situation, but certainly not a free for all with junk food, because the calories you get from that do not help in healing and will only add fat.
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Re: Does our bodies need more calories when healing?

Postby faun » Mon Sep 28, 2009 11:24 am

yes - healing burns more cals, actually any illness, injury etc requires your body to use enrgy to heal. increase your protien intake so that your body doesn't use your lean muscle.
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Re: Does our bodies need more calories when healing?

Postby jazminerose007 » Mon Sep 28, 2009 11:41 am

I asked my PS about this because I was concerned about gaining when I was inactive & not able to go to the gym. He said to cut calories by 15-20% of normal (I am a religious calorie counter) to compensate.

Then I got the flu & cellulitis so the calorie cutting got really easy.

It's probably wise to check with your PS, everyone is different.
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Re: Does our bodies need more calories when healing?

Postby AnnieBeansprout » Mon Sep 28, 2009 11:50 am

I guess it would depend on what your starting point is with calories, because cutting them by 15-20% could be way too low if you keep your calorie count down low to begin with. After surgery our immune system is compromised, and lowering calories, as well as hampering healing, can also increase our chances to get sick with the flu or cold, etc.

I think it just has to come down to the individual and their own situation. If someone eats too many calories already, and can decrease them and still get proper nutrition, then that might be wise. But if not, it would probably not be a good time to be decreasing calories.
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Re: Does our bodies need more calories when healing?

Postby jazminerose007 » Mon Sep 28, 2009 1:22 pm

I thought about that after I posted. I also eat healthily & keep my calorie intake down. Now I wonder if I overdid it post op & that's why I got so sick or if it was just a compromised immune system.
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Re: Does our bodies need more calories when healing?

Postby maritza2 » Mon Sep 28, 2009 1:51 pm

2 Days PO my mother commented that my face looked thinner. Now I think I have lost a few lbs from all over my body in addition to what the PS took off. It makes sense, your body is putting a lot of energy into healing. I've read that we need more zinc tghan usual too.
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Re: Does our bodies need more calories when healing?

Postby idreamofabs » Mon Sep 28, 2009 3:34 pm

I couldnt stop eating the first few days post op. As soon as I got home after surgery I ate a chicken finger dinner like there was no tomm. I had a bag of combos next to me and the whole night I was eating them in my sleep (so says my Gf who slept next to me) I also craved meat real bad but I still managed to loose wait.
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Re: Does our bodies need more calories when healing?

Postby AnnieBeansprout » Mon Sep 28, 2009 3:53 pm

idreamofabs wrote:I couldnt stop eating the first few days post op. As soon as I got home after surgery I ate a chicken finger dinner like there was no tomm. I had a bag of combos next to me and the whole night I was eating them in my sleep (so says my Gf who slept next to me) I also craved meat real bad but I still managed to loose wait.


LOL that's funny eating the Combos in your sleep! I would have died to be eating those and be asleep and not at least enjoy it! Although once when drunk (age 19), I ate almost an entire pizza and was devastated the next day to discover it was not a dream. All I got out of it was a stomach ache on top of the hangover.
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Re: Does our bodies need more calories when healing?

Postby ChristyZDC » Mon Sep 28, 2009 3:55 pm

Crazy big appetite compared to normal! I never thought of it being the healing process!
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