I’ve never been someone who puts weight on very easily.
I’ve been known to devour tubs of ice cream, and plates and plates of food without seeming to put on much weight at all.
Some people who are desperate to lose weight might be jealous of me for that fact, but for many people (not all, obviously) with Crohn’s or Ulcerative Colitis losing more weight is the last thing they want to do…
When suffering with symptoms you’re often not hungry (and so you don’t eat as much) and if you are in a bad way anything you do eat can very often pass straight through you.
Over time (or sometimes quite rapidly) this leads to a large amount of weight loss
<<< to the point where it’s certainly not healthy, and can be a big problem (and definitely doesn’t help with the fatigue)
So what can be done about it?
Firstly, the long term goal should obviously be to reduce the inflammation and get to the underlying cause of your problems (for help with that then apply here www.iamgregwilliams.com/apply)
By doing that the food you do eat will be much more effectively digested and absorbed and not just be passing straight through you.
You also need to make sure you are preserving as much energy as possible so sleeping well and avoiding any strenuous activity is important.
Stress is another major factor…
If you are a chronically stressed then your body is in fight or flight mode and will be burning through more calories even if you aren’t particularly active
(so taking time to relax is very important and probably under-appreciated).
Then finally the food that you eat is critical…
Obviously it should be foods that you aren’t sensitive or intolerant towards (or that would add to the inflammation, thereby making things worse).
This why just chomping down lots of junk food isn’t going to be the solution, even if a dietician or doctor tells you that it is (and yes, unfortunately they do commonly tell people that).
But you do need to eat enough calories.
That can be done really with any food but one of the easiest ways to do that is through more fats.
This is because fats are higher in calories per gram than carbs and protein
(each gram of fat gives you 9 calories, whereas each gram of protein or carbs gives you just 4 calories).
Therefore, you need to be eating things such as avocados, tinned coconut milk, nuts (if tolerated, must chew well), eggs, red meat, extra virgin olive oil, coconut oil, and oily fish (such as mackerel).
Fats aren’t only higher in calories but they often give you relatively “easy” calories. These are things you can eat even if you aren’t hungry.
Snack on some healthy ice cream.
Drizzle some extra virgin olive oil on your meals.
Use coconut milk in some curries.
Make a smoothie with avocado.
All relatively easy things to eat if you aren’t hungry that are going to give you a nice amount of calories and help to get that weight back on.
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