There are many physical disabilities long-term and short-term that can prevent people from achieving the recommended level of exercise in order to counteract the healthy and unhealthy foods that we eat. Fortunately, there are a few methods to prevent substantial weight gain while injured. One of these methods is to ensure that you are properly hydrated.
Obviously these methods are more important for those with lower-body injuries that make even basic movements around the house a painful and perilous endeavor. Individuals that are bound to safety aids like shower chairs to prevent further injury. But these same troubles can apply to those with upper-body injuries that temporarily or permanently prevent movement. These methods can even be applied to individuals with less serious arm breaks or strains.
Many people don’t realize or forget that every person burns a certain number of calories just being alive every day. The trick is not eating too far beyond that to the point where you gain an abundance of weight and only eating when you are truly hungry. The best way to know for certain if your body needs food is consistent hydration.
The Science Behind It
A common misconception people have is that if your stomach is empty, you are hungry. Your stomach only digests the amount of food necessary for you to go about your day whether it be lying in bed or running a marathon. Any extra food that your body does not burn that day will either sit in your stomach or be converted to fat. Being properly hydrated will help you determine when you are actually hungry or just experiencing boredom hunger pangs. The goal of keeping off or losing weight while injured is to stave off your appetite and maintain your metabolism. Drinking water and staying hydrated throughout the day accomplishes this task.
Prevent Boredom Munches
When you are immobile and stuck at home you tend to get bored very easily. The mind wanders and with nothing else to do, you realize that your stomach feels a tad empty, so you pull out a container of super fatty chips that go straight to the hips. Hydration will prevent the false phantom hunger pangs that urge you to consume more than is healthy at your current exercise rate. If you don’t feel hungry then your mind will not stray to food when boredom leaves the mind to wander.
While keeping hydrated might kick start your metabolism and prevent hunger pangs, it will not prevent weight loss if you choose the wrong drinks to accomplish the task. Drinks high in sugar are high in empty calories that you cannot afford to have in your diet when your normal exercise regimes have been halted. Choose a drink low in fat or stick to water. Do not under any circumstances attempt to stay hydrated with soda. If you do, don’t be surprised if you put on some weight while recovering from an injury.
Other Methods of Keeping Off Weight
- Figure out what exercise methods you can use to burn some extra calories.
- Be more obsessive about healthy nutrition than ever before. Not only is it important for weight loss, but it is also important for fast recovery.
It is a method that requires a great deal of patience and calculation but it is an effective one nonetheless for those who are not capable of going on the morning runs or bike rides. If you or a family member is injured, get out the water and determine what other methods you can utilize to maintain peak health. By the end of your injury, you’ll be ready to continue your healthy lifestyle with only a few injury pounds to shed.