LilyM wrote:Hi, I'm a 21 year old female that was recently diagnosed with sleep apnea. Although I am not obese, I am slightly overweight and my doctor suggests that I lose weight to help. The thing is, I've been exercising (running, doing weights) for the last several months and have yet to lose a single pound! In fact, it's quite the opposite: I find myself still gaining weight. I've altered my eating habits to eat small meals throughout the day and avoid certain foods. Although I'm not nearly as tired during the day due to my CPAP machine, I find myself consistently hungry and unable to feel full. It has been very discouraging.
Are there any tips or suggestions that you have done that have helped you lose weight with sleep apnea, such as specific exercises or foods to take, etc? Thanks so much!
This is my thought. It is not so much about eating the wrong things as it is about eating the things your body needs. Your body now has the O2 and restorative sleep it needs repair the damage done by the untreated OSA. So now it needs the raw materials.
I work with a dietitian. I think all those with OSA should. I can tell you that when I follow the simple "colors of the rainbow" and "at least half of what you eat veggies and fruits" rules I am not hungry, I feel better, and I get more done. Anymore, I do so most of the time.
By the way, I have been working with her for over a year. These changes do not come fast.
Have a great week!