Millions of people, young and old, struggle to lose weight. Weight loss is a personal journey that requires discipline in the fields of both nutrition and exercise. People in wheelchairs have an extra challenge, since they cannot move as much of their body as most people.
Limited body movement decreases the options that a person has in terms of exercise and can decrease his motivation, as well. It is still very possible for people in wheelchairs to lose weight, but they need to put a little extra effort into the process.
Cut calories by using lower-fat foods instead of high-fat and high-calorie processed foods. The Mayo Clinic states that one 500g equals 3,500 calories. Therefore, in order to lose weight you need to either decrease your caloric intake or burn more calories. Eating 500 fewer calories a day will help you to lose 500g a week, according to the Mayo Clinic.
By cutting the fat in your diet, you will automatically eat fewer calories, since fat contains more calories per gram than carbohydrates or protein. Eating more fruits and vegetables and less processed foods can also help you to lose weight. Foods that have a high water content or high air content will help you feel satisfied longer, without adding too many calories. Try broth-based soups or popcorn to promote a feeling of fullness.
Download the free Manna Diet e-book and take the Manna Blood Sugar Support tablets with each meal to help control your cravings and appetite. It is of the utmost importance to get your gut as healthy as possible. The balance of bacteria helps to alleviate constipation as well as stop diarrhea. The Manna GUT Support is an excellent Probiotic/ Digestive Enzyme blend which can help to reinstate healthy bacteria and enzymes in the gut.
Choose to drink water instead of juice or soda. Beverages that contain calories generally don’t promote a feeling of fullness. You can drink one or two glasses of low fat milk a day, since it is high in calcium for bone health. Throughout the rest of the day, try taking a water bottle with you everywhere you go. That way you will always stay hydrated and you will resist the urge to drink high calorie drinks.
Maintain your mobility and burn calories by getting out of the house and wheeling where you need to go. The more you sit at home immobile, the fewer calories you burn. If you need to go to the store, try going yourself instead of asking someone to go for you. Using your wheelchair to get around utilizes the muscles in your arms and burns calories.