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Weight Management

Online community for EMS professionals who are fighting the battle of the bulge. Join us to read tips and share ideas to extend your career.

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Stress and Eating

Most people tend to overindulge as a coping mechanism; some end up skipping meals. Neither behavior is healthy at all, and we know it. To change the behavior, we have to solve the real problem -- stress. Whether the result is feast or famine, stress definitely affects our eating behavior, and in EMS, there's no shortage of stressful situations.

Check out the new Stress Management group for tips and expert advice.

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Comment by A.J. Heightman on September 26, 2009 at 10:52am
Coming up on 4 months since my Gastric Bypass Surgery - No complications - have lost close to 100 lbs and do not regret having the surgery. I consider it a surgical form of instituting and maintaining a 1,000 calorie diet - particularly because it has stopped me from overeating, taking in sugar, bread, pasta, fatty foods, etc things I was too weak to stop (mentally) on my own. Have a good day!!
Comment by Richard M. Obertots on August 19, 2009 at 10:23am
I just discovered this group - wow. Is anybody here using bicycling to help manage their weight? It's helped me for 5 years... I'm really interested in learning from anybody that is cycling for fitness / weight management.
Especially advice on routines / work outs / regimens that synch with working more than full time.
Comment by Terry Suarez on May 19, 2009 at 1:08am
I am excited about joining this group because I am like Pamela, I carry my weight all over. I loss weight but then gain it back. I have learned with the stress of our profession, I use food to comfort me. With our schedules, eating slowly and not on the run is not achievable every 4 hours. I do drink a lot of water. I have trained myself to drink a full glass of water before I eat and when I think I am hungry. This does help sometimes. I also have purchased a Wii fit system and that has really helped but know on the road with my job more. So going to start with walking program like Pamela is doing. I dont have a set goal weight, just want to be healthier and have more energy. Besides, I am 3 from 40 and know it is not going to get easier.
Comment by Pamela Davidson on March 21, 2009 at 12:45am
Good morning-

Years ago I lost 60+ lbs by just eating right and working our every day and was in the best shape of my life. I am back to that starting weight and am not pleased I allowed my self to get back there. It is true the types of shifts and SSM makes it nearly impossible to achieve educational goals let alone weight loss. I currently am Iraq working as an Advanced practice paramedic/remote duty. This has given me the opportunity to make my own schedule and weight loss goal. I would like to loose 75lbs. I am very height to weight proportionate but all that means is I carry my fay EVERYWHERE not just here or there. So I don't appear to be that "big" and no one ever thinks I weigh what I do....Since Feb 21 2009 I began seriously exercising and watching my diet and food choices. I walk 2miles every morning and 1 mile at night-just started the night walk a week ago. I have breakfast sometimes at the chow hall boiled egg no yolk, oatmeal, fruit and then snacks are peanut butter no more than 2 tbs or Atkins endulge bars or Advantage bars even trail mix sometimes. I eat lunch-protein fish/chicken/turkey/carb-rice/beans/potato/salad and fruit then get a to go salad for dinner. So far I have ost 10lbs. My last 2 weeks I only lost 2lbs and am rethinking the exercise component but over all my clothes are looser and I fit into pants that I initially had to pour myself into and really didn't like the feel...so that is what I am doing. I take Acai berry capsule onece a day and drink one cup of green tea in the morning then water ALL day 4L usually sometimes more. I only have a 1/2 can of diet sprite for lunch just to change it up...
It's not coming off as fast as it did when I was younger....but that's my point I am not younger....so I have to really work at this and seeing the clothing change is my strongest incentive even thought the amount of weight hasn't changed appreciably. Any new or better suggestions let me know they'll all be welcomed.

Pam
Comment by Judi Light Hopson on March 20, 2009 at 7:29pm
Here's something important to remember: Drink plenty of water. The experts on Biggest Loser (I love that show!) say over and over that water increases the body's metabolism. Food burns faster (and fat flushes out) when you're hydrated. Also, when I can remember to drink 8 glasses a day, I've noticed I feel fuller and I can resist those snacks a little better. Water plumps up the muscles for carrying patients and for weight lifting, too. When I don't take my bottle of water to water aerobics class, I'm feeling limp and tired before the class is over. When I guzzle some water on my drive there and park my bottle by the poolside to down some liquid during the class, I feel revved up and full of energy for hours.
Comment by jamtmann on March 12, 2009 at 11:12am
Great discussion. There are different systems out there that aid in wieght loss. The American College of Sports Medicine recommends combining sensible eating habits of more fruits, vegetables and whole grain products combined with an increase in caloric expenditure. A negative caloric balance is required to lose weight and is best achieved by slight reductions in caloric intake with increases in caloric expenditure. Also, improvements in physical fitness can be objectively measured - weight loss and improvements in physical fitness can, and should, go hand in hand. See the article in the January issue for more info on assessing your own fitness:
http://www.jems.com/news_and_articles/articles/jems/3401/measuring_fitness.html
Comment by Lisa Bell on March 11, 2009 at 7:16pm
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Comment by Judi Light Hopson on March 4, 2009 at 4:39pm
I've successfully lost a lot of weight twice in my life (more than 30 pounds each time), but I've gained it back. I'm now trying hard to get it off for good. I'm only five feet two, so any added weight looks awful on me. In thinking about how I lost weight before, I remembered a few things I learned....first, eat more slowly....which is difficult if you're busy....take little bites, concentrate on the food. There have been times I've wolfed down a sandwich while talking on the phone, and I didn't feel like I'd had a bite! I wanted another sandwich! Another trick is to visualize what you'll have at your next meal--picture half an apple, a little chicken, etc. By picturing what you'll eat, you can resist eating what glares out from the fridge--leftover pizza, for example. Keep thinking about what you're going to put on your plate. Visualize the exact quantities to cut back on the calories. 1,200 calories a day works great for me. Any other diet will not do the trick!
Comment by B.J. Jones on February 22, 2009 at 2:34pm
This is definitely a good group for me to join. I face the same weight loss dilema's as all the rest of you - almost inpossible to follow any regular program with the hours we work and the way we run calls. Many of my co-workers (myself included) are type II diabetic on top of everything else. One suggestion I can share is something that seems to work very well for all of us when actually followed is: Cider Vinegar or Dill Pickles before every meal. It soulds wierd but it has helped me shed 43 pounds since September 2008. Something about the vinegar causes the metabolism to burn the "brown fat" which is the stubborn type that collects mainly around the belly. All I know is that when followed, it actually works and is very safe. BTW - Dill pickles are finger food and can be eaten "behind the wheel" (LOL). I have all kinds of tips to help if anyone wants some (including stress reduction).
Comment by A.J. Heightman on February 16, 2009 at 12:07pm
I recently learned, after 20 years of not drinking coffee because of a food allergy to the beans, that your body can change and food allergies can go away. So, over Christmas I took the plunge and found out I can drink coffee again. I always loved the smell of coffee, even when I couldn't drink it. So now that I can drink it again, it's like being reborn.

My nutritionist told me that coffee is a great appetite suppressant - so that's an added bonus. The key is to use non-fat milk and try to not use any sugar substitutes, which I'm doing. Starbucks offers what they call a "Skinny Vanilla Latte" that features all low fat stuff. It even sounds good to order when you're trying to lose weight. Try it!
 

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