Many people with Fibromyalgia are overweight including me. For me it is a humiliating side of this disease because people in our society judge you for being overweight and think you are lazy. Some even think that Fibro is caused by our weight gain and that if we lost the weight we would no longer have our symptoms! When I first got Fibro I gained over 25lbs and have found it very difficult to lose. I have tried many weight loss programs including Weight Watchers, Optifast and a hospital dietician program. I feel these have caused more health problems than the small amount of weight lost and then regained!
I have found a good article about Fibromyalgia and Weight Gain from Chronic Pain Connection,
It gives 4 reasons for weight gain in fibro:
- Lack of Sleep.
- Neuroendocrine Abnormalities. This is to do with hormone deficiencies
- Decreased Activity. Because of the level of pain.
It gives good and different Weight-loss Strategies than I have tried before :
- Eat a High-protein, Low-carbohydrate Diet.
- Eat proteins first.
- Eat until you’re full.
- Give yourself a Break from a diet on weekends.
See article in more detail here - This article is written by a doctor who has Fibromyalgia since childhood and I am going to follow these suggestions and hopefully lose a little weight. Thanks for reading this. Have you had success with losing weight and have fibro? I would love to get any of your suggestions to help me here.